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.
THE POST COLLECTIVE:
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
1 MAY 2020 PERFORMANCE AT MAYDAY FESTIVAL
9 MAY 2020 PUBLIC EVENTS AND CLOSURE OF THE RESIDENCE
10 MAY 2020 PUBLIC EVENTS AND CLOSURE OF THE RESIDENCE
ONGOING/ parallel to other meetings: COLLABORATIVE DRAWING WORK
THE POST COLLECTIVE INVITES YOU TO PARTICIPATE WITHIN ITS COLLABORATIVE SPECULATIONS PROGRAM @ KUNSTHAL GENT, Lange Steenstraat 14, 9000
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
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…
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.
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.
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