Reading Room #21: Symbionts in Jurisprudence

In the framework of Emptor we invite you to a collective reading and discussion of ‘Symbionts in Jurisprudence’, a chapter from Drifting Studio Practice by Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan

17/03/2022, 16-18h
Meyboom Artist-run Spaces, Brussels

Throughout the text the authors, from their experience of working with indigenous Maroon communities, explore possibilities of experimental jurisprudence questioning how a legal status dictates which actions a body is allowed to perform and how our behavior often reaffirms but can also question law.

Can we consider collective obligations the raw materials of law?

Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan are an artist duo from the Netherlands. They create films, film installations, writing, sculpture and collages that explore cultural and geopolitical landscapes. Their projects involve extensive research and long-term collaborations with communities.

In their book Drifting Studio Practice (Hatje Cantz, 2021), Van Brummelen and De Haan discuss their research project and film Stones Have Laws (Dee Sitonu a Weti) (2018). The artists elaborate how they experiment with collective script writing and performative storytelling.

On 25 March, the film and book are presented at BOZAR (Brussels): Book launch Drifting Studio Practice with screening Stones Have Laws (Dee Sitonu a Weti)

Text in English. Copies will be provided. If you would like to read the text in advance, feel free to send us an email

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Jubilee organises this Reading Room in the context of a collaboration with Vriza and their founding artists Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan. Jubilee edited the Dutch text of Drifting Studio Practice and coordinated the English translation.

Vriza is an artist-run production house for artist’s films, located in Amsterdam but working nomadically. Vriza was founded by and supports the work of Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan among other artists.

Meyboom Artist-run Spaces (ground floor), Brussels
Boulevard Pachécolaan 34
1000 Brussels