“The only thing that is radical is space that we don’t know how to inhabit. This means space where we have to invent the ways to act and to live.”
Lebbeus Woods

From February 2020 to beginning of May 2020 the collective is hosted by Kunsthal Gent for a development residency. In this 3 months the collective aims to build up artistic practices that transcend language and cultural barriers and address to a broad audience. it also seeks to extend its network and knowledge on how to sustainably structure itself and its agency.
The group will work on the fields of speculative design, self-publishing, graphic design, performance/sound art, collective reading and viewing, cultural activism and other artistic and critical practices.

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7 MARCH 2020, Saturday 13.00 – 17.00: Lunch assemblies on Collaborative speculations

13 MARCH 2020, Friday, 10.00 – 15.00: Vocal Performance Workshop: introduction

14 MARCH 2020, Saturday: participating at TWIIIDs workshop: constitutions

20 MARCH 2020, Friday, 10.00-15.00: Parallel Perceptions: Workshop on VideoWalking

21 MARCH 2020, Saturday, 10.00-15.00: Design A Book Cover Workshop

21 MARCH 2020, Saturday, 15.30 – 18.00 Film screening: ON BELONGING

22 MARCH 2020, Sunday, 10.00-15.00: Design A Book Cover Workshop

27 MARCH 2020, Friday: Vocal Performance Workshop: on listening

28 MARCH 2020, Saturday: participating at TWIIIDs workshop: writing

3 APRIL 2020, Friday, 10.00 – 15.00:  Vocal Performance Workshop

4 APRIL 2020, Saturday, 13.00 – 17.00: Lunch assemblies on Collaborative speculations

10 APRIL 2020, Friday, 10.00 – 15.00:  Vocal Performance Workshop

11 APRIL 2020, Saturday, 13.00 – 17.00: Lunch assemblies on Collaborative speculations

17 APRIL 2020, Friday, 10.00 – 15.00:  Vocal Performance Workshop

18 APRIL 2020, Saturday, 13.00 – 17.00: Lunch assemblies on Collaborative speculations

19 APRIL 2020, Sunday, 13.00 – 17.00: ZINE Making Workshop

20 APRIL 2020, Monday, 13.00 – 17.00: ZINE Making Workshop

22 APRIL 2020, Wednesday, 20.00, Film screening: The wasp and the weather

23 APRIL 2020, Thursday, 10.00 – 20.00: Openbare Werken @Vooruit, On Co-Elaboration

24 APRIL 2020 TWIIID presentation




ONGOING/ parallel to other meetings:  COLLABORATIVE DRAWING WORK 




The Post Collective is a young collective that is establishing an autonomous platform of co-creation, co-learning and cultural activism created by and for refugees, asylum seekers, sans papiers and their accomplices. It seeks to introduce a range of artistic, cultural and employment opportunities, as well as provide an overall collaborative environment for the participants regardless of their legal status. The collective arose from the ‘Open Design Course for Refugees and Asylum Seekers’ 2018 at KASK school of arts, Ghent (BE) when some alumni and teachers decided to continue working together. 


The post collective offers free workshops, screenings and public meetings that will occur during our residency at the Kunsthal Gent between March and May 2020. Please join us if you want to learn new skills, share stories and practices, want to augment your voice and find new ways of expressing your voice.


Lunch Assemblies: Collaborative Speculations

Facilitated by Elli Vassalou, Sawsan Maher and Mirra Markhaëva 

Dates: Saturday 22/2, 29/2, 7/3, 4/4, 11/4, 18/4, 13.00-17.00

The Post Collective is researching its own modes and conditions of collectivity and legal presence. How to design a collaborative environment regardless of the legal status of its participants? How to structure codes of conduct and build agency  inside a group of people who do not only struggle with structural exclusions of race, class and sex but also legal exclusions, citizenship and human rights? How to surpass cultural barriers and create a safe environment of trust, commitment and opportunities for all? 

Book your place here: https://lite.framacalc.org/9fbu-collaborative-speculations

Or just pass by unexpectedly 🙂

Interesting for activists, researchers, people who want to create their own collective structure


Vocal Performance Workshop.

Conducted by Marcus Bergner. Visual work lead by Mirra Markhaëva 

Friday 13/3, 27/3, 3/4,10/4, 17/4  10am to 3pm@ Kunsthal Gent


No previous experience required other than being prepared to use your voice and language in new and exploratory ways. We will create a chorus where participants can write and design their own songs for collaborative performing. After this introductory workshop those who wish to continue will meet on a regular Friday basis to develop material for public performances. We will draw from the diverse musical, language and poetical experiences of those participating.  


The process will be documented by visual representation of spoken sound by use of different languages in their traditional calligraphies fused together. The letters will be done in lino cutting in order to create abstract calligraphic ornament.  

Interesting for performers, writers, poets, singers, musicians, graphic designers


Design A Book Cover Workshop. 

Conducted by Hooman Jalidi.  

Saturday 21 + Sunday 22 March. 10am to 3pm@ Kunsthal Gent


A workshop open to all. Learn how to design and produce a book cover using participants own illustrations, drawings, pattern making, collage and handmade prints. Material such as paper, inks and basic printmaking equipment will be provided. 

Interesting for graphic designers, illustrators, artists


Collaborative Drawing Work 

Conducted by Mohammend Tawfiq. ongoing@ Kunsthal Gent

An ongoing collaborative drawing that is open to everyone to contribute

to produce a large onsite drawing work.

Interesting for illustrators, graphic designers, artists


PROJECTION “ON BELONGING” introduced by Elli Vassalou

Saturday 21/3/2020 15.30 – 18.00

invited guests: Christina Phoebe Thomopoulos and Maxime Jean Baptiste

A dialogue between two filmmakers, the Post Collective and the audience

screening of 2 poetic documentaries which merges questions of belonging, borders and foreign-hood through dreamlike images and fleeting voices

  • 15.30 introduction 

  • 16.00 “Nou voix” by Maxime Jean Baptiste (15′)

  • 16.15 film fragments of the film “Amygdalia” and “So says she” by Christina Phoebe Thomopoulos

  • 17.30 discussion with the audience

Interesting for filmmakers, filmlovers, everybody…


Zine Workshop   
Conducted by Mirra Markhaëva

Sunday 19th+Monday 20th. April 1 to 5 pm.


Open to all. A workshop about the designing and making of Zine publications. 

Learn how to compose collectively a visual diary-like documentation, using your drawings, texts and notes. We will work with the material created from the different workshops and art projects to create a small zine publication of our work together.

Interesting for graphic designers, journalistics, writers, artists

Parallel perception: a workshop on video walking

developed by Elli Vassalou and Maya Dalinsky, with the insights of Christina Phoebe Thomopoulos

20 MARCH 2020, Friday, 10.00-15.00

Since 2015, Elli and Maya have been making and researching videowalking as a creative tool for community building, proprioceptive expression, group composition, environment-based art, participatory design, choreography and counter-mapping.

On 20 March, together with Christina Phoebe and the post collective participants they will explore the medium as another non-verbal tool of exploring collectivity.

Interesting for dancers, video-artists, photographers, performers, architects



 PROJECTION: “The wasp and the weather”: screening + Q&A

‘the wasp and the weather’ (2019, 19′, EN st.)

The screening will be followed by a conversation between Robin Vanbesien and Antony Hudek [tbc].


In Robin Vanbesien’s new film poems ring out. At former youth centre Rzoezie, founded by young folks of Moroccan and Amazigh descent in Mechelen, some of the youngsters wrote poetry. The original authors and contemporary poets discuss these poems, probing their resonance in today’s social and political climate.

These poems preserve to various extent the activist history of the moment in which they were written and dedicated to (1990-2000). In ’the wasp and the weather’, some of the original authors (M’Hamed El Ouali, Abdelhay Ben Abdellah) and contemporary poets (Samira Saleh, Mathieu Charles, members of the Post Collective) revisit, recite and discuss these poems.




‘On Co-elaboration’ (study circle) by Robin Vanbesien

Thursday 23 April 2020, 10.30 – 18.00

Vooruit, Ghent – Theaterzaal Foyer


Today, cultural-artistic practice faces an invitation to rethink politics itself: to mark that empty place that representative democracy in the liberal order has become, and to publicly perform proposals of different socio-political praxis, to re-common the people, to (re)create the social imaginary. In this view, we choose to explore the role of the (poetic) word in this endeavor.



Morning programme:

10.30-11.00  – Welcome and introduction by Robin Vanbesien

11.00-12.30 – Conversation with Willem Schinkel and Rogier van Reekum, moderated by Robin Vanbesien


The study circle opens with a conversation with Willem Schinkel en Rogier van Reekum. At the occasion of their recent book ‘Theorie van de Kraal’ (2019), we discuss how new relations in/with words recompose our calls for social community and our ways of it.



Afternoon programme:


14.00-18.00 – Call and Response Study Circle with The Post Collective and The Living and the Dead Ensemble (including performances and conversations with the collectives and the participants)


In the afternoon session, the study circle facilitates an encounter of two artist’s collectives, The Post Collective and The Living and the Dead Ensemble, that both, through the exploration of storytelling, performance and poetry, look for ways to compose new forms of alliance and common-ability. These are artistic practices that take up the role to reframe our gaze toward a work on co-elaboration. It is a work whose composition is continuously incomplete, ever to be sculpted – like a gift in the expanded present.

Both collectives share their previously initiated call and response exchange, and further it together with the participants from the audience. The study circle concludes with performance lectures of the collectives.


This study circle functions as a guest-contribution to the residency of The Post Collective at Kunsthal Gent.






SUPPORTED BY: Kunsthal Gent, Stad Gent, Arts in Society Award 2019 – 2020, Refu-Interim, KASK school of Arts

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