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on 30.04.2020

The teachings of this moment: reflections on learning and solidarity through this crisis

 with Ayesha Ghanchi-Goemans

Time: 15:00 to 17:00

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    The teachings of this moment: reflections on learning and solidarity through this crisis.
    What can we learn about solidarity in this specific moment?
    The pandemic has brought out the worst, but also the best in society. People are practicing solidarity in numerous ways throughout this physical distancing. How can we consider acts of solidarity as sites of learning? How can we use the specificity of this moment and its multitudes of solidarity-acts, to imagine a different and a better future?

    In this session we will explore how this health, economic and resource-based crisis is a material manifestation of power-relations, in particular, how the economically disadvantaged and working classes are doing the most to serve the rest of society.
    We should use this moment to articulate an activist dialogue that encourages solidarity across difference.

Ayesha Ghanchi-Goemans is an educator and researcher with a focus on critical pedagogy in arts practice. As a researcher, Ayesha has examined artist-led pedagogies in the museum and gallery sector in London. Her research focused on how artist pedagogies have been influenced by radical and critical philosophies stemming from the 1968 moment. More recently she has collaborated with BAK and the Side Room to teach and explore critical pedagogy. She is also part of the Unsettling programme at Rietveld/Sandberg- exploring and thinking alongside tutors about how critical pedagogy relates to their teaching practices.

on 23.04.2020

I will rest during the revolution

 with Olave Basabose

Time: 15:00 to 17:00

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Olave Nduwanje invites you to a participatory session on the revolutionary power of rest.

Olave is a non-binary trans femme, born in Burundi, raised in The Netherlands, working in Brussels, and loving on Mark Zuckerberg’s internet.

on 09+16.04.2020

How can we process grief, loss and uncertainty in times of Corona
+ Embodied Self regulation tools as mutual care

 with Camille Barton

Time: 15:00 to 17:00

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* 9th of April :
How we can process grief, loss and uncertainty in times of Corona.

    Fear, as philosopher José Gil once said, “shrinks space, suspends time, paralyses the body, limiting the universe to a tiny bubble, which imprisons and confuses us.”
    Anxiety, loss and uncertainty are being collectively experienced during this time of the Corona pandemic and it is limiting our ability to think clearly.
    How can we move past paralyzing fear into clarity and the ability to seed the futures we desire to create? How can we use this time to reflect on what is most important to us so we do not simply distract ourselves over the coming weeks, praying for a return to business as usual?
    One answer lies in the need to grieve. To name and allow ourselves to feel the many losses that are being experienced in our time. The loss of life as we knew it, environmental collapse and the ongoing inequalities that are heightened in this moment at home and abroad.

    In this session, we will explore the way that death phobia in the West has led to an inability to process loss. We will highlight some indigenous approaches to grieving that can support us to tend to our grief, so we can metabolize it, find meaning and clarity about what we wish to grow.

    Optional podcast to listen to in advance:

* 16th of April:
Embodied Self regulation tools as mutual care

    When the body is stressed the nervous system goes into fight or flight response. When we are in this state, it is difficult to think clearly, take care of ourselves or others. We tend to be reactive rather than responsive.
    During the Corona pandemic, the inequality of capitalism is being laid clear for all to see. Thankfully, many mutual care networks are emerging in different locations allowing people to support each other.

    In this session, we will explore a variety of embodied self regulation tools to use when you are feeling anxious or in fight or flight response. Consciously regulating your nervous system in times of stress, will allow you to have more capacity to think clearly and support others from a place of groundedness. Operating from groundedness will enable mutual care networks to be sustainable in this time.
    Yuval Noah Harari sums up as: “In this time of crisis, we face two particularly important choices. The first is between totalitarian surveillance and citizen empowerment. The second is between nationalist isolation and global solidarity.”

Camille Barton is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, facilitator, coach and somatic movement practitioner, working on the intersections of wellness, arts, drug policy and social change. Camille is the director of the Collective Liberation Project, and creator of the Embodied Solidarity Method, a trauma informed approach to diversity, inclusion and decolonization work that centers the body and lived experience.

Camille’s art practice involves dance, improvisation, ritual and Afrofuturism to weave new realities fusing pleasure and visions of utopia. They serve ritual bass music as DJ AfroOankali and host a regular dance ritual called WERK at Karada House, Berlin.

on 27.11. 2019

Unsettling Dj-ing

 with DJ Lynnee Denise

Time: from 17h

Critical Studies Theory Room , 1st Floor, FEDLEV Building, Sandberg Instituut

DJ Lynnée Denise coined the term ‘DJ Scholarship’ in 2013 to explain DJ culture as a mixed-mode research practice – subversive in its ability to shape and define social experiences and shifting the public perception of the DJ as a purveyor of party music to an image of the DJ as an archivist who assesses, organizes and provides access to music with critical value. In this talk, Lynnée Denise will discuss the most influential authors and books that shapes her practice and talk about what it means to be a DJ-scholar.

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DJ Lynnée Denise is an artist, scholar and writer whose work reflects on underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape and electronic music of the African Diaspora. Through interactive workshops, lectures and presentations, Lynnée Denise harnesses music as a medium for vital public dialogue on how to transform the way that music of the Black Atlantic is understood in its social context and beyond entertainment. Lynnée Denise’s DJ Scholarship has been featured at institutions such as the Broad Museum, the Tate Modern, Savvy Contemporary Gallery Berlin, Goldsmiths, University of London, Iziko South African Museum, Stanford, Yale, NYU and Princeton University. Her writing has been featured in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Black Scholar Journal, The Journal of Popular Music Studies and as part of anthologies including Women Who Rock and Outside the XY: Queer Black and Brown Masculinity. Lynnée Denise has a BA from historically Black Fisk University, an MA in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from the University of California Riverside. Lynnée Denise is a Visiting Artist at Stanford University’s Institute of Diversity in the Arts.

on 20.11. 2019

Unsettling Activism

 with Camille Barton

Time: from 10:30 - 16h

Theory Room 1, 4th floor, BC Building, Sandberg Instituut

(Embodied Activism is an introduction to a body based, or somatic social justice, approach to activism and social change. In the Western context, most activism is quite disembodied and concerned with disseminating information. In contrast, many movement based practices do not engage with politics. In our current times, there is a vital need to merge these areas and bring our bodies into activism, in order to create sustainable and holistic approaches to social change. Our bodies are politicised and unless we engage with the ways that systems of domination and oppression affect our bodies, and are reproduced through them, we cannot take agency in creating new cultures based on collective liberation.

In this day long workshop, participants will explore their relationship to power and privilege, embodiment and social change. The workshop is interactive, comprised of a variety of group exercises, active listening sessions and body based practices. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of embodied activism, how it relates to their lived experience and how to apply it in their work.

* Participants should wear comfortable clothes they can move in, bring a water bottle and notebook.

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Camille Barton is an artist, researcher and the director of the Collective Liberation Project (CLP). CLP designs educational experiences to help people understand oppression, and how it relates to their lived experience, so they can stop behaving in ways that reproduce oppression, such as racism and sexism. This work is inspired by Camille’s ongoing research into somatics and social justice: exploring how trauma from oppression is rooted in the body and how it can be healed with movement and mindfulness

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Judith Leysner

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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!

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