Intervention as Intoxication!


  • Ricarda Franzen University of Amsterdam
  • Sophie van Balen Erasmus University College



This guest edited journal issue follows on from the Performance Philosophy Biennial 2019 in Amsterdam. Featuring a wide range of research and contribution styles, reworked and elaborated further for this issue, contributors consider alternative ways of ‘intervening’. The central suggestion to rethink ‘intervention as intoxication’ resonates throughout all articles, highlighting the embodied, entangled, and aesthetic dimensions of intervention. Some of the contributors go on to consider intervention as subversion of institutions beyond the well-known discourse on institutional critique. 

In this editorial, in addition to introducing the authors, the editors and Biennial organizers characterize alternative ways of intervening in this issue as a search for humble ways of responding to socio-political issues and as a positioning of new knowledge(s). By way of opening, the editors recommend to consider listening as intervention, along the lines of Gemma Corradi Fiumara’s notion of ‘apprentices of listening’(1990, 57).

Author Biographies

Ricarda Franzen, University of Amsterdam

Ricarda Franzen is lecturer in and coordinator of the Master International Dramaturgy, at the University of Amsterdam (NL) as well as a teacher at the theatre school at ArtEZ in Arnhem (NL). She is a dramaturge by training, working both in radio and theatre, and has a background in rhetoric. She is currently working on a PhD on listening practices and the aesthetics of historical theatre sound recordings.

Sophie van Balen, Erasmus University College

Sophie van Balen is lecturer in the Humanities at the Erasmus University College, Rotterdam (NL). She has a background in political philosophy, philosophy of science and public philosophy and is primarily interested in topics that connect philosophy to contemporary society and its challenges — ranging from climate change to agency and citizenship to knowledge production. Sophie is currently preparing a PhD trajectory on a progressive politics in the face of climate change, grounded in Sloterdijk’s foam-ontology.


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How to Cite

Franzen, Ricarda, and Sophie van Balen. 2020. “Intervention As Intoxication!”. Performance Philosophy 5 (2):172-82.