ONLINE VOCAL PRACTICE WITH THE POST COLLECTIVE

NEW DATES FOR 2021!!
FRIDAY 8 JANUARY /// FRIDAY 15 JANUARY /// FRIDAY 22 JANUARY

One of our ongoing and collaborative activities has been in producing and performing voice and language-based artworks in various contexts or arrangements. During the lockdown, we carried out a series of online vocal and performative sessions. These turned out to be surprisingly effective and inspiring, as we used social media platforms such as Jitsi and Skype in new and unorthodox ways via our vocal and language-based experiments.
We are now calling for new collaborators to join us in regular online weekly sound poetry and voice practices.

No previous experience is required other than being prepared to use your voice and language(s) in new and exploratory ways. We aim to create a virtual chorus where participants write and arrange their own songs for collaborative performing. This will draw from and ‘give voice’ to the diverse linguistic and poetic/artistic experiences and backgrounds of all those participating.
After an introductory session, those who wish to continue will meet on a regular Friday basis to develop material for future online public performances.

 
A voice means this: there is a living person, throat, chest, feelings, who sends into the air this voice, different from all other voices.
– Italo Calvino (A King Listens)
 

Introduction session: 06 November 11.00-13.00
and EVERY FRIDAY at 11.00

Join us:
Please register your name and online contact details here: Sound Poetry Signup Pad

Download ZOOM and find us here: ZOOM Link

Listen to other scores and improvs here: Soundcloud – Piece of Hope 
 

On Recreation (working title)

The film project On Recreation (working title) by The Post Collective and Robin Vanbesien is based upon an exploration of polyphonic authorship. The project takes its cue from the poem ‘Recreation’ (1973) by Audre Lorde. In her poem, Lorde explores a double binding of interrelating activities – ‘it is easier to work / after our bodies/meet’ – that led to what she claimed was ‘recreation’, with its connotations of play, reciprocity, care, repetition, and regeneration. The film process is available for the continuous re-composition of both conditions and artistic forms. The gathering of various languages, expressions, and rhythms prevents film production from nesting neatly.

The film is currently in its development phase (fall 2020, spring 2021).
With and by Mirra Markhaëva, Elli Vassalou, Marcus Bergner, Sawsan Maher, Hooman Jalidi, Mohammed Tawfiq, Mahammed Alimu, and Robin Vanbesien;
produced by timely; co-produced by Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Ghent;
supported by Flemish Audiovisual Fund, Kunsthal Ghent, Netwerk Aalst, Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts, Sint Lucas School of Arts Antwerp.

OPEN SCHOOL – Intersections of Care: Decolonial practices

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Intersections of Care @ Wiels, Open School / Risquons-Tout 

September 12, 2020, to January 10, 2021
Intersections of Care presents a display, an environment, and a discursive program gathering artifacts, humans and non-humans, to share questions and tools for organizing, sharing, and caring. The different elements unfold in the spaces and times of the events program, in the exhibition catalog and in cyberspace on intersectionsofcare.net Thought as an expanded publication, the installation weaves together oral, written, visual stories, and combines fluid and evolving forms, floating textiles, mobile and permeable elements digital and analog, bodies, plants, and minerals. This proposition is constructed in close dialogue with artists and artworks that address issues of care, maintenance, storytelling, conditions for being and working together.

Program 

Saturday 17.10.2020, 15:00 – 20:00 Caring, healing, access — Sofia Caesar, Laurie Charles & Greg Nijs
Saturday 21.11.2020, 15:00 – 20:00 Decolonial practices — Zakaria Almoutlak, Lotte Arndt, Olivier Marboeuf / Mangrove, The Post Collective, Golnesa Rezanezhad
Saturday 12.12.2020, 15:00 – 20:00 Guidelines, Codes and Protocols — Clémentine Coupau, Sirah Foighel Brutmann, Sarah Magnan & The White Pube 

Saturday 09.01.2021, 15:00 – 20:00 Intersections of Care & Heide Hinrichs – Listening / embodying — Rachel Dedman, Elizabeth Haines, Heide Hinrichs, Melanie Noel, Jo-ey Tang & Susanne Weiß (A program by our editorial committee member Heide Hinrichs, as part of her project Second Shelf) 

 Intersections of Care is supported by FRNS-FRArt and Académie des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles

A workshop and a collective discussion on decolonial practices in art.

Speakers

Zakaria Almoutlak is a Syrian sculptor based in Brussels since 2016.

Lotte Arndt is a cultural theorist and curator. She focuses her practice and research on artists who question the postcolonial present and the antinomies of modernity from a transnational perspective. She teaches at the Valence School of Art and Design. She is a member of the Global Art Prospective research group (INHA Paris); a Goethe Institut Fellow at Villa Vassilieff (“If we lived a threshold”, 2016), and an associate editor of the online magazine Qalqalah since 2017.

Olivier Marboeuf / Mangrove is an author, storyteller, independent curator, and founder of Espace Khiasma, an art center that he directed from 2004 to 2018 in Les Lilas (Seine-Saint-Denis). He is interested in different methods for the transmission of knowledge and is now a producer at Specter (Rennes). He is also working on fictional texts and theoretical research around decolonial practices.

The Post Collective is an autonomous platform of co-creation, co-learning, and cultural activism created for and by refugees, asylum seekers, sans papiers, and accomplices. The platform provides its members with a collaborative environment as well as artistic, cultural, and employment opportunities. It uses storytelling and dialogue to develop creative and critical alternatives to systems of control and repression.

Golnesa Rezanezhad is an artist and researcher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent (KASK).

The Transformation of the Art Space as Politics?

SEMINAR / STIJN VAN DORPE:
DE TRANSFORMATIE VAN DE KUNSTRUIMTE ALS POLITIEK?

Friday 2 October 2020, 14:00 -18:00
Seminar: 
The transformation of the art space as politics?
by Stijn Van Dorpe, with presentations by Matthijs De Bruijne, The Post Collective, Magdalena Kwiatkowska & The Laundry Collective with Tomaš Kajanek (via skype), Reinaart Vanhoe
In English


14:00 -18:00
Seminar: The transformation of the art space as politics?
by Stijn Van Dorpe, with presentations by Matthijs De Bruijne, The Post Collective, Magdalena Kwiatkowska (via skype), Reinaart Vanhoe

In this seminar, we focus on the question of the meaning of the art space, conceived as an artificially constructed space that is usually considered as a place in which artistic actions, interventions, or presentations take place. The art space can take many forms: it can be very visible (such as the museum or the art gallery) or rather mental (such as an internalized frame of reference) and therefore we better speak of art spaces in the plural. The starting point is that these places, contrary to what they might make appear, are never or can never be neutral. They are always marked by values and powers.

We investigate how art workers, art collectives, and artists who attribute a strong social or political significance to art relate to these art spaces. My thesis is that when the relationship between art and society is taken seriously, art cannot ignore these spaces and must focus on transforming them. At the same time, these transformations should be approached as an artistic/aesthetic process. It means that artistic actions, interventions, or presentations do not really take place within an art space, but that they show the ambition to create new (art) spaces themselves, where other power relations apply.

Stijn Van Dorpe
is an artist, researcher, educator, and initiator of this seminar.

About the participating artists:
Matthijs de Bruijne
is a Dutch artist whose practice is built on and imbued with political commitment. With his work, he investigates relationships between economics, culture, and social life, with a view to critical collective consciousness. At some point, he concluded that creating awareness about social injustices among a small, specialized art audience is not enough to bring about change. He was looking for other ways to step outside the realm of art and in 2010 he started working for the Union of Cleaners of FNV Bondgenoten. About this, he said that it was not his priority to further develop his career as an artist. Above all, the work of art should support the union’s campaign (see: De Witte Raaf, edition 198)

Magdalena Kwiatkowska & The Laundry Collective – The Laundry Collective emerged from the collaboration of a group of homeless women, LGBTQ people, and the Polish artist Magdalena Kwiatkowska, living and working in Prague. From November 2019 to January 2020, she was a resident at INI Project, an independent platform for contemporary art in Prague. She used the exhibition space at her disposal to meet up with homeless and LGBTQ friends where together, they came up with Magdalena’s laundry project. In this way, they also found protection from the cold winter. Because the art residency required presentation moments, they organized small public moments such as a workshop ‘packing cigarettes’, or ‘exercises to warm the body after a cold night’. However, the owner of the building closed the project prematurely.

The Post Collective
 is a young collective that wants to create an autonomous platform of co-creation, co-learning, and cultural activism, set up by and for refugees, asylum seekers, sans-papiers, and accomplices. The aim is to create different artistic, cultural, and employment opportunities and to provide an overall collaborative environment for those involved, regardless of their legal status. The collective originated from the Open Design Course for Refugees and Asylum Seekers 2018 at the KASK school of arts in Ghent after some alumni and teachers decided to continue the collaboration. They want to facilitate a position in which they are not assimilated, but instead, together as a community, can critically re-conceptualize a future. The Post Collective is working on the development program of Kunsthal Gent in 2020.

Reinaart Vanhoe is an artist whose practice consists of all kinds of collaborations and in which teaching at the Willem de Kooning academy in Rotterdam has an important place. His working method contains elements that are similar to anarchistic ways of organizing. He conceived the concepts of Also-Space and (g)Locally Embedded Art Practise (gLEAP) as approaches that re-evaluate the production and positioning of the artist. “How can we develop an artistic practice that does not define itself as an ‘alternative’ or ‘in opposition’ to the society in which it exists, but rather as an integral part of the different communities in which the artist functions, produces or lives, and is therefore very much a part of? (Excerpt from Also-Space, From Hot to Something Else: How Indonesian Art Initiatives Have Reinvented Networking, Reinaart Vanhoe, about, among others, the Indonesian art collective ruangrupa).

This seminar is supported by Research Unit Image – Luca School of Arts.

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A Piece of Hope

A short radio-phonic collage, cut from a three hours online meeting between the members of The Post Collective brainstorming/contemplating on the word ‘hope’ spoken in four different languages; Arabic, English, Greek, and Somali – mixed with incidental sounds of our everyday life in quarantine: interior observations and playful performances.

Performed by the members of The Post Collective: Mahammed Alimu, Marcus Bergner, Elli Vassalou, Sawsan Maher and Orkid

“Festival of Hope”: A Global Virtual Poetry Initiative by Versopolis

The Post Collective: A Piece of Hope, a sound poem, April 2020

Kunsthal Development Residency: Collaborative Speculation

“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
Architect

From February 2020 to the end of 2020 the collective is hosted by Kunsthal Gent for a development residency. In these 3 months, the collective aims to build up artistic practices that transcend language and cultural barriers and address 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.

PUBLIC PROGRAMME
The Post Collective offers free workshops, screenings, and public meetings in Kunsthal Gent between March and May 2020. Please join 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
Saturdays 22.02, 29.02, 07.03, 04.04, 11.04, 18.04, 13:00-17:00
Facilitated by Elli Vassalou, Sawsan Maher, and Mirra Markhaëva
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?

– VOCAL PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP
Fridays 13.03, 03.04,10.04, 17.04, 10:00 – 15:00
Conducted by Marcus Bergner
Visual work lead by Mirra Markhaëva
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 the introductory workshop (13.03) 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 the visual representation of spoken sound by the use of different languages in their traditional calligraphies fused together. The letters will be done in lino cutting in order to create an abstract calligraphic ornament.

– PARALLEL PERCEPTIONS: a workshop on video walking
Friday 20.03, 10.00 – 15.00
developed by Elli Vassalou and Maya Dalinsky, with the insights of Christina Phoebe Thomopoulos
Since 2015, Elli and Maya have been making and researching video walking 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.

– DESIGN A BOOK COVER WORKSHOP

Saturday 21.03 + Sunday 22.03, 10:00 – 15:00
Conducted by Hooman Jalidi A workshop open to all. Learn how to design and produce a book cover using the participant’s own illustrations, drawings, pattern making, collage, and handmade prints. Material such as paper, inks, and basic printmaking equipment will be provided.

– SCREENING ‘ON BELONGING’
Saturday 21.03, 15.30 – 18.00
introduced by Elli Vassalou
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 Elli Vassalou
– 16.00 “Nou voix” by Maxime Jean Baptiste (15′)
– 16.15 film fragments of Christina Phoebe Thomopoulos films
– 17.30 discussion with the audience

– ZINE WORKSHOP

Sunday 19.04 +Monday 20.04, 13:00 – 17:00
Conducted by Mirra Markhaëva
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.

– FILM SCREENING – The Wasp and the Weather (2019, 19′, EN )
Wednesday 22.04, 20:00
Robin Vanbesien

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. 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, probing their resonance in today’s social and political climate.

– ‘ON CO-ELABORATION’, study circle
Thursday 23.04, 10.30 – 18.00
with Robin Vanbesien, Vooruit, Ghent – Theaterzaal Foyer

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.

– COLLABORATIVE DRAWING WORK
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Conducted by Mohammed Tawfiq
An ongoing collaborative drawing that is open to everyone to contribute to producing a large onsite drawing work.



The Post Collective
is a young collective striving to establish an autonomous platform of co-creation, co-learning, and cultural activism created by and for refugees, asylum seekers, sans-papiers, and 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 are Mirra Markhaëva, Marcus Bergner, Elli Vassalou, Sawsan Maher, Mohammed Tawfiq, Hooman Jalidi and Kinda Ghannoum

Supported by: Kunsthal Gent, Stad Gent, Arts in Society Award 2019 – 2020, Refu Interim, KASK School of Arts

Mahammed Alimu

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Mahammed Alimu is a Brussels-based visual artist and photographer. Born in Abu Dhabi, of Somali origin, he picked up on photography and graphic designing as a minor while he was at university.

He discovered his passion for portraits and storytelling after experiencing it with his friend’s point&shoot camera. Moving forward, he mastered image-editing software such as Photoshop and Lightroom, not only to get the best out of reality but also to create his own visual world.

Find more here: Portfolio and Behance.

The Wasp and the Weather

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the wasp and the weather’ is Robin Vanbesien’s new film that focuses on Rzoezie, a former youth center in Mechelen, Belgium. Rzoezie was founded and organized in 1978 by young people of Moroccan and Amazigh descendent. Inspired by Paulo Freire’s ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’, the center focused on education and organization by the youngsters, for the youngsters: bottom-up and from the inside. “Rzoezie” is the Arabic word for “wasp”.

In the center, the youngsters wrote poetry. 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.

The vocal score ‘Twelve Words’ is a response to Rzoezie’s poetry by The Post Collective.  The performers of the collective – Fatma Alomrani, Muhned Bnana, Hooman Jalidi, Marcus Bergner, and Mohamed Tawfiq – improvise with twelve alliterating words in their mother tongue: Amazigh, Arabic, English, and Farsi.
 

’the wasp and the weather’ (2019) is part of an ongoing study of the imaginary which holds together self-organized social practices (starting with the film ’Under These Words (Solidarity Athens 2016)’ 2017).

Q&A

The premiere was on Sunday October 20th (20:30 – 22:00) and was followed by a conversation between the artist and M’Hamed El Ouali, Samira Saleh and Mathieu Charles, Abdelhay Ben Abdellah, Mirra Markhaeva, Elli Vassalou, Hooman Jalidi, Fatma Alomrani, and Muhned Bnana.

Photos from the Q&A at Nona by Daan Broos.

CATCALL ME AGAIN

CATCALL ME AGAIN is a series of illustrations made by Markhaëva Mirra. It is an expression of disagreement and anger collected through years of sexual harassment endured by girls on the city streets and other contexts. Most of the time women undergo this unwanted attention from the men and do not respond, leaving the harassment unpunished and keeping negative feelings that are created by that. To express those feelings Mirra with help of her ODC comrades has come with several colorful, fun, and angry designs to put them on the streets in form of stickers and posters for everybody to see.

May 2019, The queer market – participation in the 1st Queer Pride Ghent 2019.

May 2019, Engagement Arts Fanzine Edition 1 May 2019, Brussels.

November 2018, Open Design Course for refugees and asylum seekers, KIOSK exhibition, KASK, Ghent.

Mirra Markhaëva

Mirra Markhaëva is a young visual artist born in 1992 in the little republic named Buryatia. The range of her skills includes illustration, graphic design, lettering, painting, and sculpting but mostly she’s passionate about the creation of murals. She has started her studies in ESA 75 in the Graphic Design department and succeeded her jury, but couldn’t be graduated due to the fact that she’s stuck in paperless status. Searching for ways to educate herself any way she joined Open Design Course and then continued with The Post Collective.

Find more here: Mirra’s ArtWorks