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on 05+12.11.2020

Occult Poetry & (Soma)tic Rituals

 with CA Conrad

Time: 10:00 to 13:00 (ONLINE)

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    We will discuss how occult and paranormal experiences and practices of poets in the past show us how to trust these same forces are alive and at work for us today. Rumi, Hannah Weiner, Will Alexander, Hoa Nguyen, Alice Notely, and Ariana Reines are some poets whose work and practices we will investigate.
We will also discuss and build (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals together for our writing.

CAConrad is the author of the forthcoming book Amanda Paradise (Wave Books, 2021). Their book While Standing in Line for Death won a 2018 Lambda Book Award. They also received a 2019 Creative Capital grant and a Pew Arts and Heritage Foundation Fellowship, the Believer Magazine Book Award, and the Gil Ott Book Award. They regularly teach at Columbia University in New York City and Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam. Please view their books, essays, recordings, and the documentary The Book of Conrad (Delinquent Films) online at

starting on 19.11.2020

Teaching in unsettled times

 with Ayesha Ghanchi and Hodan Warsame

Time: 10:00 to 13:00 (ONLINE)

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    This 8-week course spread over the academic year 2020/2021 is a series of consciousness raising and anti-oppression workshops, designed to help tutors navigate students’ questions and situations regarding oppression, power and politics.
  The aim of these workshops is to consider and embed practical solutions that help encourage meaningful conversations and to create an environment of trust; aligned with Unsettling’s purpose to help affect positive institutional change.

  This course includes an accessible and urgent introduction to decolonial politics and white supremacy, so we can gain a deeper critical awareness of how to navigate issues around race, gender and privilege and oppression in general.
  Ultimately- we will locate theory in practice and real-life examples, with a view to offering solutions for navigating discussion, disagreement or tension in the studio/classroom.

  This course is developed in response to the ‘Unsettling Pedagogy’ workshops from January 2019, which took the form of four intensive workshops and culminated in the Unsettling Report, which examined key concerns of participating tutors and potential ‘solutions’ that we co-designed.

  This course also sets out to establish inclusive and inviting* 'ground rules' for the tutors to create with their students.

on 28.05.2020

On taking matters into our own hands

 with Ying Que

Time: 15:00 to 17:00

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    Six weeks into the Dutch lockdown light, the effects of the pandemic are becoming clearer. It has exposed the vulnerable state of public healthcare and devastated our global economies. They’re adding to the major crises in climate, refugees and housing, battles we were already fighting before the government told us to stay at home, because we are under viral attack.
    We have only just begun adapting to this isolation, as a gesture of solidarity to the vulnerable amongst us. Big parts of our lives got frozen for a bit and put on hold, while other parts are being pixelated and taking on digital forms. We are navigating another sense of being together and facing the uncertain future.
    Meanwhile the government is preparing for the 1,5m economy, with a handful of white men leading management of the neoliberal health care crisis that is suddenly becoming apparent.

    There is no long term plan for the economy.
    Fingers crossed we don’t go back to normal.
    But if not the old normal, then what?

    Although these days we may be more lonely than before and getting hungry for the touch of our friends and family, our lives were already alienated. We are brooding from the homes we are lucky to have, in a country that leaves us strangely, frustratingly free in choosing how to deal with the circumstances and it feels like we’re getting the chance to refigure the way we do things. Artists and the arts and culture sector are amongst those hit hardest, but at the same time, we are armed with a training in imagination. We need a radical imagination to have a way out of capitalism.

    So let’s talk creative organizing and cultural activism. Let’s discuss alternatives, collective action and demands we need to make from our government and institutions.

    The first part of this session presents three collective initiatives in Utrecht from the perspective of feminist economy and the communalization of food. The second part is a prompt for action to take matters into our own hands, and discuss how to influence and change your direct environment. In the question of unsettling, what do you think your school should be doing?

Ying Que is an anthropologist working in art and education as a cultural program maker and facilitator. As an activist, she speaks from an anarcha-feminist position and is active in several collectives. Her areas of concern are prefigurative politics, feminist economies and organizing strategies.

on 07.05.2020

Resting Time Body - Bones in Space

 with Tommislav Feller

Time: 15:00 to 17:00

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    We will start this 2hr relaxation session by laying on the floor as a supporting structure that caries our bodies into the state of resting.
    I will guide a verbal journey trough the body using poetic and anatomic imagery to potentially unlock subtle energetic portals from where we can initiate movement. The focus of this session is to radically slow down, to reconnect with our senses and our individual power that comes once we are grounded and calm. We will explore what is means to focus on the breath while listening to the space around and within our bodies.

    What kind of imaginary processes can open up if we move with our eyes closed?
    Let our body be our own utopic home we can always return to.

    Please prepare a yoga mat or any kind of mat to feel comfortable laying on the floor and wear comfortable clothes. Pajamas are welcome too. We will connect via Zoom and all you need is a little space around you and a possibility to use your voice.
    Tomislav Feller (CRO) is a choreographer and performer based in Amsterdam. He graduated from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in 2010, and since then has been making collaborative and solo projects, giving workshops, and exploring body states through movement. He performed worldwide in many experimental theatre and dance performance projects. He is one of the member and co-founder of the artist run space for dance and performance “Jacuzzi” in Amsterdam. Besides performance and choreography, Tomislav is a hair stylist occasionally running his own pop up “Gototomi” salon.

on 14+21.05.2020

About collective reading practices

 with Read-in Collective

Time: 15:00 to 17:00

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    During these two Unsettling sessions, we would like to share some of our collective reading practices and experiment with them in an online context. Both sessions will take place through a variety of collective reading modalities, and we will give context by speaking about our past and ongoing research projects and then do some group reading exercises that we are reconfiguring for the online format.

*on the 14th of May :

    In the first session we will give a short introduction of Read-in’s practice and research interests. From there we will spin off from experiences and topics we’ve engaged with during a recent group residency we participated in. M-ASEP (Micro-Agressive Scrambled Egg Precariat) at Motel Spatie in Arnhem in February 2020 was convened by artists Amy Wu and Elaine Ho, engaging with the practices of care. We will segue from discussing this residency to a reading exercise with Hannah Black’s text Witch-hunt that was explored during this recent residency in Arnhem, on the topic of feminist practices of care and refusal through gossip, by moving to an an online version of our collective memorizing practice that we call Haunted Bookshelves.

    Haunted Bookshelves experiments with the choreographies of collective memorizing and speaks to the missing pieces from our bookshelves whilst building a counter-memory. In locating text in the body through the act and ongoing practice of memorizing, and to the study of voices that are included and excluded from bookshelves, we explore presence and absence in the framework of hauntology.
    We will experiment with collective memorizing by gathering quotes from or adjacent to Black’s text by Saidya Hartman, Hortense Spillers and Sylvia Federici; as part of the Haunted Bookshelves memorizing, we would like to invite students to think in advance and bring a short quote they would be interested in memorizing, responding to the needs and desires of this specific time that we find ourselves in.

*on the 21th of May

    We will carry the memorizing over to the second session, revisiting the exercise as a durational experience, followed by a closer reading of Federici’s Caliban and the Witch. Furthering our discussion of collective reading practices in relation to practices of care, we will share our experience of a group residency called In Waves that took place at a cultural centre on an island outside of Helsinki in 2018 as a week-long focus on feminist curatorial practices. We will revisit the collective reading that we did with In Waves of Pauline Oliveiros’ score Sonic Meditations, but this time, in an online configuration.

    Within the new circumstances in which we come together online, the sense of connection and togetherness has changed fundamentally. We are staring at our screens, confronted with navigating new forms of communicating in the absence of physical presence and eye contact. Here we will attempt to explore the possibilities for our sonic connection, by turning off our screens and meeting through reading and listening.

    Read-in is a self-organized collective that experiments with the political, material, and physical implications of collective reading and the situatedness of any kind of reading activity. Unavoidably rooted in the specificity of the places from where we read, the collective also calls attention to the relationship between the content of a book and the reading of a space itself. Through relocating and communalizing a typically private and solitary activity, Read-in opens up new spaces for grappling with the material, affective and political dimensions of “reading together” trying to conjure feminist histories of reading together for political action

unsettling Consultant
Judith Leysner

unsettling Coordinator
Tracian Meikle

unsettling Graphic Design
Manon Bachelier
For any in-person questions, suggestions, conversations, please visit the unsettling station!
On Thursdays from 10.00AM to 17.00PM at the Rietveld Bibliotheek, FedLev building!

☎. + 31 20 588 2406

unsettling visiting address: 
Fred. Roeskestraat 96
NL – 1076 ED Amsterdam