Submit to the Dictionary of the Queer International
The Dictionary of the Queer International will be a collection of words and phrases from different local queer languages from around the world. This dictionary proposes the concept of a queer language of “internationalist universality” as opposed to “neoliberal globalization” and a vision of an international queer language of multi-locality and horizontality. Dictionary of the Queer International is about internationalism, intersectionality, solidarity, the raising of consciousness, and a vision of a shared queer culture.
Call for Participation
Queer speakers around the world are invited to submit words and phrases in local queer languages, including “Beke” in the Philippines, “Polari” from the U.K., “Pajuba” in Brazil, among others, with a definition and English translation not exceeding 200 words per definition to this email QueerInternationalDictionary[at]gmail.com. There is no limit on how many words each person can submit. Each participant will be properly credited.
The collected volume Dictionary of the Queer International will be published in collaboration with ArtsEverywhere and Publication Studio Guelph in 2019.Link: http://artseverywhere.ca/2018/02/02/queer_dictionary/
Politics of Dissonance Festival
Brexit, Trump, a realignment of power from East to West, a new proposal for globalisation led by China, the return of political extremism to mainstream European politics—these are all elements of discord, of a dissonant reckoning between the world we once envisaged, full of certainty, and a world that is becoming and which we cannot yet name.
Conceived by curator Mike Watson, Politics of Dissonance is a festival of sound, noise, political video, and VJ performances to be hosted in collaboration with Quartair, Social Sensibility and Perpetuum Mobile / Artists at Risk on 6th-9th July 2018. The event aims to bring together independent spaces and practitioners from across the world to collaborate in a performative investigation into the discord that defines our times. Drawing on dissonance both as a musical term and as a term used to describe social rupture or unease Politics of Dissonance invites sound and noise artists and musical practitioners as well as VJs and video makers to engage in performances or to create installations that focus on the role of dissonance in giving form to our times.
Within a world that had become unfathomable in social terms, the art world is called upon to provide a sense of meaning, harmony or balance. However, it remains complicit with the forces of finance capital that have blurred the political boundaries and laid waste to formerly stable political oppositions. As a festival, Politics of Dissonance, aims to address the limits of artistic discourse in our times. Partners Artists at Risk will elaborate on their work aiding persecuted artists in at risk territories, whilst Social Sensibility will invite workers from the Bernard Controls factory plants in China and France to continue ongoing research on the relation between workers and creative production. Quartair will continue their activity as an artist run space dedicated to social inquiry through installation, performance and multimedia.
Politics of Dissonance is an official collateral event of Manifesta 12.
Antoine Adguze, Natasja Alers, Simone Bertugno, BLCK.DOT, Harold de Bree, Rob Bothof, Baran Çağinli, Stefano Canto, Chto Delat, DJB, Amos Cappuccio, Sounkarou Dembélé, Blandine De La Taille, Ramy Essam, Nico Feragnoli, Snövit Hedstierna, Shingo Inao, Fatoş İrven, Giuseppe Lana, Yael Levy and Nikos Kokolakis, Cristiano Luciani (aka Chris X), Dominique Manu, Richard Nathaniel, Nikolay Oleynikov (Chto Delat), Erkan Özgen, Fenn, Robert Pettena, Esther Planas, Alessandro Rolandi, Shitcluster, Dembele Sounkarou, Antti Tenetz, Rena & Vladan, Oliver Ressler, Mike Rijnierse, Issa Touma, Tito Valery, Zhang Wei, WeiChengCheng, WuShuqing, Thom Vink, Your Noisy Neighbours, Hamid Zeggane, Tianji Zhao.
Organizers: Mike Watson (Curator), Emanuele Riccomi (Assistant Curator), with Quartair, Social Sensibility and Perpetuum Mobile / Artists at Risk
Goethe-Institut Palermo, Kone- Foundation, Mondriaan, Palermotherfuckers, Poesié Infinité, Vkusnaya Vodka
Participate in Chto Delat's Summer School
OPEN CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
Summer school and learning play.
Go and stop the progress!
Focusing on the issues of progress/acceleration and counter-modernity.
07.08.-17.08.2018, @Vierte Welt, Berlin, Germany
Initiated by the collective Chto Delat in partnership with Vierte Welt, Berlin
see also here: https://chtodelat.org/…/open-call-participants-summer-scho…/
The course is based on the on-going experiment in performative pedagogy of collective Chto Delat whose members are full time present and moderating all the school sessions.
Discursive program: Alessandra Pomarico (Free Home University), Baruch Gottlieb and Dmitry Kleiner (Telekommunisten), Oxana Timofeeva, Dmitry Vilensky and other guests.
Performance mentors: Nina Gasteva, Tsaplya Olga Egorova.
Set-workshops: Nikolay Oleynikov
TOPIC OF THE SUMMER SCHOOL:
“Go and stop the progress!” – starting with this legendary quote attributed to Kazimir Malevitch we want to test different ideas and practices which question the notion of progress.
Today we face two different approaches to the potentiality of liberation – one stems from rather classical Marxist link between emancipation and rather linear technical progress – this positive line is actively promoted in the work of “left accelerationists” or in the speculations on the “communism of the capital”. There is a lot of useful critique in this direction, but we have a growing feeling that there is not much time left until the capital digs its own grave. And it seems like this grave might turn out to be as much a gloomy dystopia as a flowerbed of bright new life.
We can observe another tendency, on one hand, of questioning the whole idea of western modernist progress, and on the other, of attending to so-called indigenous/vernacular knowledge and cosmogony. Very often these ideas are reduced to uncritical and kitch promotion of new age and escapism, and even traditionalism. But these ideas could also be linked to the most radical European way of negative thinking, where progress is considered as barbaric exploitation and destruction of resources and human lives, and it is based on genocide and ecocide.
Therefore, today, when we feel intensifying attacks from conservative and progressivist forces of all kinds the question how we would imagine and realise the values of emancipation and non-alienated ways of life is as pressing as ever.
In the school we will additionally focus on the ideas of international Zapatista movement, which stands as a viable example of a certain historical composition between the anti-capitalist struggle and the indigenous/vernacular way of life and knowledge. Based on the on-going research realized by the collective Chto Delat in Chiapas in 2016-2017, it will test the new possibilities for “rootedness” that could be used to overcome the conservative logic.
This confrontation of two position will be rehearsed and staged in a form of Learning Play – developing the Bertolt Brecht tradition of formulating and taking positions in front of engaged audiences.
STRUCTURE, DURATION AND FORMAT:
– 80 hours (10 days approximately 8 hours a day)
Intensive performance training in the morning, followed by discussions, lectures and collective work on the play. Preparing a public performance, to be held on the last day of the event. The collective visit to Berlin Biennale is also planned during the School.
WHAT ONE CAN LEARN HERE:
1. To elaborate the knowledge on most urgent issues of current debate on emancipation and art.
2. To develop performance skills inside a temporary collective. Get to know the unique devices of contemporary dance practice.
3. To practice and develop the method of learning play.
FEES AND FINANCE:
– The suggested minimal donation (the participation fee) for the Summer school is 500 Euro.
– A jury will award 5 participants with stipends – free of the participation fee.
– The fee covers tuition and study materials during the school.
– Coffee breaks included.
The school is fully self-financed, by donations from the participants and with the support of Chto Delat Mutual Aid Fund. The donations will be used to cover the costs (travel and accommodation) of collective Chto Delat to Berlin, a donation to the Zapatista community (10%), a donation to the Vierte Welt and the fees for the faculty and basic administration work.
It should be payed by bank transfer to the Chto Delat e.V. (not for profit organization registered in Germany, tax deductible)
Arrangements for accommodation, transportation, visa (if needed) and other expenses is arranged by the applicants themselves.
WHAT WE EXPECT FROM THE PARTICIPANTS:
– We welcome applications from artists, performers, activists, cultural workers, philosophers and generally open-minded people who share the urgencies raised in the concept of the school.
– Applicants should be curious and open to experience of different body practices and be ready for the collective form of working and learning.
– Applicants from all countries and age are eligible to apply.
– All applicants should apply with short motivation statement and short informal CV.
– The number of participants is limited to 25.
– Please apply by using the following link: https://docs.google.com/…/1uP0KftYxcavGkx4IfB9rlLT3kRe…/edit
– Deadline for sending the application for stipend: till 03 June 2018
– The selection results for recipients of a scholarship: 10 June 2018
– Deadline for general applications – till 1st of July
– Payment due 10 July 2018
ABOUT THE INITIATORS:
Founded in 2003 in St. Petersburg, Chto Delat (What is to be done?) is a collective that counts Russian artists, critics, philosophers, writers and choreographer among its members. The collective came about with the intention of merging political theory, art and activism. Working across a range of media—from video and theater plays, to radio programs and murals—their activities include art projects, seminars and public campaigns.
In 2013, Chto Delat initiated an educational platform—School of Engaged Art and also runs a Rosa’s House of Culture in Petersburg. From its inception, the collective has been publishing an English-Russian newspaper focused on the politicisation of cultural production in Russia, in dialogue with the international context. The works of the collective are characterized by the use of alienating effects, surreal scenery, typicality, but most of all, case based analysis of concrete social and political struggles.
Vierte Welt Collaborations was founded in 2010, initiated by the actor’s ensemble Lubricat in Central Kreuzberg. The Vierte Welt is a space where artists, specialists, activists and audiences come together on an equal footing for interchange and communication. The Vierte Welt developed an open space of possibilities in which we assert a durable and continuous platform for creative work – in contrast to the market’s short-term, coerced exploitation. Parting from the focus on singular aesthetic events and from scene confinement, we are working on changing how artistic production and presentation are practiced. Where we attempt to re-think the aesthetic and art-political position.
The program of Summer School is also a part of an ongoing conversation between Chto Delat / School of Engaged Art and Free Home University on the role of art, social transformation and radical pedagogy. (see here http://artseverywhere.ca/fu…/education/free-home-university/
Families United 4 Justice Network Gathering Conference
ArtsEverywhere is a proud supporter of Families United 4 Justice and the Forced Trajectory Project. Together we will produce a series of personal narratives by family members affected by police killing, a small effort to create counter-narratives to those established by the media in collusion with law enforcement.
FU4J’s network gathering is taking place this weekend, June 28-July 1, and engages families impacted by police violence, trusted supporters, and advocates. The network aims to address the following questions:
- What happens when your loved one is killed by the police?
- What can the anti-police violence movement learn from families impacted by police violence?
- What can we learn from family members who have become veteran activists in the anti-police violence movement?
- How can families impacted by police violence build collective power locally and globally?
- How can communities assess the traumas experienced by families impacted by police violence to better inform how we may better respond to future incidents?
- How can we strategically source local resources to support families impacted by police violence?
- How can public health institutions specifically service families impacted by police violence?
- What self-care practices can family members learn to address the short and long-term trauma they experience?
- What can we learn from the history of police violence? And what do we still have to learn about this history?
- What is the meaning of justice to families impacted by police violence?
- How can artists and media makers best support families in their struggle towards justice?
Previously published on ArtsEverywhere: Forced Trajectories: Creating Counter-Narratives to Police ViolenceLink: https://www.facebook.com/events/350511758689337/
What's there to learn: Self-Education for Self-Educators
Free Home University and Musagetes are delighted to announce:
What’s there to learn: Self-Education for Self-Educators
An (im)practical conference, a convivial residency,
An aleatoric exhibition, a book launch, a football tournament, a walk to the sea
(and other exercises on the occasion of five years of Free Home University)
June 19-26, 2018 in Castiglione d’Otranto (Lecce, Italy)
Since the beginning of Free Home University, an experimental artistic and pedagogical process that started 5 years ago, the geopolitical order of the world has changed drastically, resembling an imminent social, political and environmental upheaval. Western democracies are suffering an authoritative, conservative, populist turn, while our social fabric and human values are disrupted by economic pressures; Alt-right, neo-fascist, xenophobic and racist movements are rising; neoliberal, extractive, and exploitative forces are destroying globally the commons and the interdependent life of our communities, ecologies, and even epistemologies. What’s there to learn?
Which ways of knowing can help us navigate these times of social injustice and violence? What are the new investigations, the tools, the pedagogies that can help us reimagine our ways of being and relating? Who are our accomplices in this struggle of learning and unlearning, doing and undoing, and enlivening different paradigms?
A delegation of artists, curators, activists, educators, farmers and fellows from local and international communities, who gave life to and participated in Free Home University, will meet again in Castiglione d’Otranto (Southern Italy) for a week of conversations, exercises and reflections on what was learned through our convivial, artistic and research-in-action form of inquiry, what we need to learn now, in this aggravated historical moment—and with whom.
The different processes that unfolded during the past 5 years will be restituted with What’s there to learn? A collective book, an exhibition with archival material, a mural, a series of film screenings, and artistic workshops reconsidering the themes, the intentions and the generative outcomes of the different investigations around commoning, migrations and displacement, queerness and feminisms, life and death, biodiversity, agroecology, decolonial gestures and art as social action against various systems of oppression.
Click here for details and a list of participants.Link: https://musagetes.ca/news/whats-there-to-learn/
Shelter City Initiative for Human Rights Defenders
Justice and Peace is launching a new call for Human Rights Defenders to participate in the Shelter City Initiative.
The Shelter City Initiative offers human rights defenders (HRDs) a possibility for rest and respite by letting them escape temporarily from a threatening situation. The term HRD is intended to refer to the broad range of activists, journalists, scholars, writers, artists, political figures, lawyers, civil rights defenders, independent media professionals, civil society members, and others working to advance human rights and democracy around the world. Shelter City offer a safe space to human rights defenders at a moment where they are particularly vulnerable and their security can no longer be guaranteed at home. The programme’s objective is to offer the human rights defender a shelter for three months, during which she/he will rest, build up capacity, extend her/his network and raise awareness about the situation in their country. At the end of the programme, participants are expected to return with new tools and energy to carry out their work at home. An important principle of the Shelter City Initiative is that human rights defenders can continue their work while they are temporarily relocated.
From September 2018, eleven cities in the Netherlands will receive human rights defenders for a period of three months. We are looking for human rights defenders who might be helped with a short relocation programme, because they are threatened or under intense pressure due to their work. Please circulate this message to all interested candidates who you may know.
Applicants must fulfil the following conditions:
In order to be eligible to the Shelter City program, you must meet the following conditions:
- The HRD should implement a non-violent approach in his/her work;
- They are threatened or otherwise under pressure due to their work.;
- They should be able to be relocated for a period of maximum 3 months. Limited spots are available for people who are not able to stay for the full 3 months;
- They are willing and able to return to their country of origin after 3 months;
- They are willing to speak publicly about their experience or about human rights in their country to the extent that their security situation allows.
- They can speak basic English (limited spots are available for French or Spanish speaking HRDs);
- They are willing and able to come to the Netherlands without accompaniment;
- They are willing to begin their stay in the Netherlands around September 2018.
Note that additional factors will be taken into consideration in the final round of selection, such as the added value of a stay in the Netherlands as well as gender, geographic, and thematic balance.
To apply or submit the application of a human rights defender, please e-mail [email protected]. You will then receive an application form. Application forms must be returned before 11 June 2018. An independent commission will select the participants.
Note that the selected human rights defenders will not be automatically allowed into the shelter programme as Justice and Peace is not in control of issuing the required visas to enter the Netherlands.
For more information, please contact us at [email protected].Link: https://en.justiceandpeace.nl/human-rights-defenders-and-security/shelter-city-initiative
Call for Applicants: Mentoring Program in Performing and Literary Arts
Call for Applicants from the New York Foundation for the Arts
Deadline: Monday, May 14, 2018
The Mentoring Program in Performing and Literary Arts pairs immigrant artists working in the performing and literary arts, with artist mentors who provide one-on-one support, guiding participants to achieve specific goals to sustain their art practice, while navigating different cultural perspectives in the NYC art world and beyond. The Mentoring Program aims to foster a community, and collaborations, providing opportunities to connect with other immigrant artists through group meetings, peer learning, and informal gatherings. For more information and to apply, click here.Link: http://current.nyfa.org/post/172414735173/apply-now-immigrant-artist-mentoring-program
Lanchonete.org at Open Engagement 2018
Congratulations to Raphael Daibert with our partner organization Lanchonete.org, who will be presenting at this year’s Open Engagement conference. The conference will take place May 11-13, 2018 at various venues around New York City, and will focus on themes of Sustainability from the perspective of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations working within the complex social issues and struggles of our time. Details and tickets can be found at their website: http://openengagement.info/Link: http://openengagement.info/
How to Play Your World Contest winner!
PS Guelph, ArtsEverywhere.ca, and the Canadian Music Centre are excited to announce the winner of the How To Play Your World Contest! After tallying all of the scores, the first place prize goes to the The Da Vinci Program based at the Arboretum in Guelph! As the winners they will receive an exclusive workshop with author, educator, and musician Richard Marsella for their students, and $3000 to be used towards their educational programming! Their composition titled “Sounding Out the Schoolyard”, which was created by Grade 11 students, can be seen here:
Call for Nominations: Protective Fellowship Scheme for Human Rights Defenders
The Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York is opening a new Call for Nominations for the Protective Fellowship Scheme for Human Rights Defenders at Risk. The Centre is planning to host up to eight defenders who are expected to stay in York for 3-6 months. New Fellows are expected to start in York in mid-September 2018 or in special circumstances in early January 2019.
Nominations for female human rights defenders are particularly welcome. For specific information on eligibility criteria and an overview of the Scheme, please visit this website.
Nominations are accepted from recognised civil society organisations and/or organisations working specifically with human rights defenders.
All the documentation should be sent together in one email from the nominating organisation’s email account. Deadline for nominations is 23:59 GMT Sunday 15 April 2018.Link: https://www.york.ac.uk/cahr/defenders/protective-fellowship/#tab-1
Nature of Cities short story contest
We aspire to future green cities around the globe—cities that are resilient, sustainable, livable, and just. What does this mean?
Let’s imagine. What are the stories of people and nature in cities in 2099? What will cities be like to live in? Are they lush and green, verdant and biodiverse? What will cities look like; be made of? How will they be designed and powered? Will they be tall, short, dense, underground or underwater? What of public spaces? Social organization? Mobility? Government? Sustainability and food? Wildlife? Climate change and resilience? Poverty, consumption, wealth, and justice? How will we interact and relate to one another and the natural world? What sort of stories can we tell about our communities and the spaces that shape will them?
The Nature of Cities would like to announce the Stories of the Nature of Cities 2099 Prize for Urban Flash Fiction with our partners ArtsEverywhere.ca, the University of Utah, the University of Utah’s Center for Ecological Planning + Design, the New York City Urban Field Station, the University of Johannesburg, the University of Johannesburg’s Graduate School of Architecture, and Trinity College Dublin want to imagine with you. From among all submissions, we’ll choose up to six prize recipients in 2018, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize categories, plus honourable mentions.
- 1 Gold prize: $3,000 and a place in the collected publication
- 2 Silver prizes: $1,500 and a place in the collected publication
- 3 Bronze prizes: $500 and a place in the collected publication
- Honorable mentions (number to be determined): no prize money, but included in the collected publication
All winning stories will be published as a book by Publication Studios / Guelph, and possibly other venues.
Contest details can be found at The Nature of Cities.
For inquiries please contact: [email protected].Link: http://www.storiesofthenatureofcities.org/
We Remember Andrew Josephs III
For everyone in the Tampa, Florida area, and those who are willing to travel to stand in solidarity, please join the Josephs family and the Tampa community to honor the life of Andrew Josephs III this weekend at Healing In The Arts, Saturday February 10th, 2018. The event starts at 4pm EST at The Portico (1001 N Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida, 33602)…and look out for the complete recording of the Circle Conversation that followed the first Network Gathering of Families United For Justice at the 2017 Allied Media Conference last June in Detroit; coming soon on ArtsEverywhere.http://tbo.com/news/Family-of-Andrew-Joseph-III-holds-memorial-events_165109793
Journey to Black Liberation Symposium
The Journey to Black Liberation Symposium is a follow-up of learnings from the Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference at York University. The focus of the JTBL symposium is not just to bear witness to oppression and injustice, but it is to create a cross-borders network of Black activists, academics and other stakeholders looking at sharing ideas, strategizing, educating each other, and community-building in efforts to achieve Black liberation globally. The symposium kicks off on Friday evening at 6:30 in the Marilyn Brewer Community Space of the Harbourfront Centre, and continues Saturday with conversations featuring artists, activists, and academics from a variety of communities. Register here.Link: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/festivals/kuumba/events/index.cfm?id=9867&festival_id=280
Back to the Sandbox exhibition on now
Back to the Sandbox: Art and Radical Pedagogy brings together an international group of artists who ask radical questions about the nature and significance of education in contemporary society. Ideas about democracy, creativity, and transdisciplinarity are examined along with ideas of freedom and equality and the institutional heritage of discipline and control. The aim is not only to draw attention to the vital role of education and to the challenges of reform, but also to introduce new perspectives on learning and creativity with potential new educational models in mind.
The exhibition, at the Western Gallery of Western Washington University from January 9 to March 17, includes works of art and educational experiments by prominent artists from around the world. The curator of the exhibition, Jaroslav Anděl, is an independent curator and author of over 40 books on contemporary art. He was founding artistic director of the DOX Center for Contemporary Art in Prague from 2008 – 2015.
The exhibition and an accompanying catalog are funded in part by a generous support from the Homer Bernard Mathes Endowment and a grant from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation. [Image: Eva Kotakova – Sit Straight]Link: https://westerntoday.wwu.edu/news/back-to-sandbox-art-as-radical-pedagogy-western-gallery-exhibition-opens-jan-9
2018 ArtsEverywhere Festival Program
Another exciting edition of the ArtsEverywhere Festival is set to begin on January 18th in Guelph, Ontario! This four day festival of ideas will again feature conversations and performances from a wide array of artists, activists, and academics, including Joseph Heath, Michael Roberson, and Shelley Niro. A special performance on Saturday night will showcase the artistry of Dong-Won Kim and Il-Dong Bae, two of Korea’s most accomplished Pansori musicians. The full festival program can be found here!Link: http://artseverywhere.ca/2018festival-program/
Call for contributions: IETM Fresh Perspectives on Freedom of Expression & Censorship
In partnership with Arts Everywhere, we are producing a new publication of the Fresh Perspectives series on the topic of freedom of expression. The author is artist and human rights activist Sidd Joag. Submit ContributionLink: https://www.ietm.org/en/call-for-contributions-ietm-fresh-perspectives-on-freedom-of-expression-censorship