THE GLOBAL CONDITION WORKSHOP
Dates: July 20-21, 2017.
Location: PAF (Performing Arts Forum), ST Erme, France
The global moment is confirmation of the escalating cycle of violence manifested in displacement, dispossession and ultimately death. Daily we witness and are affected by the exodus of refugees from Syria – of a magnitude not seen since World War 2 and the exclusion of those same refugees at the borders of European nations and their internment in places like ‘the jungle’ in Calais. Daily there are accounts of the black and brown bodies that are being killed by police, militia and governments in the US, Brazil and elsewhere. And always this is played out in the context of continuing global colonial violence against racial and ethnic minorities and Indigenous peoples.
The workshop brought ogether artists, filmmakers, architects, curators, performers, and academics around the theme of “The Global Condition: Dispossession, Displacement, and Death.” Participants will meet and discuss pre-circulated writing and project proposals, as well as stage performances and produce artwork and installations, that take the workshop theme as a point of departure. We don’t as yet have funding to offer to cover participant travel.
It provided a context for exchange and dialog beyond the typical institutional and disciplinary boundaries of cultural and academic work that engages the contemporary politics of dispossession, displacement, and ultimately premature death. We intend the workshop “outcomes” to include written essays (single authored and collaborative pieces), documentation of performances, installations, and multimedia artwork, poetry, and transcribed collective conversations and interviews.
During two days workshop participants reflected upon the displacement, dispossession and death that attends the current global moment. Without making a prescriptive demand for the format some of the questions that might be engaged with include: How do we understand the violence that attends these moments? What ethical responses can be made to the violence? Is it possible to dismantle the architecture of oppression in any of its myriad iterations and forms including Empire, capitalism, neo-liberalism and settler colonialism? While the workshop may include presentations of a more traditional, text-based nature it is intended that this space will also engage with responses from a range of other disciplines. Participants are encouraged to think of their involvement in the form of art installations, music, interpretive dance to name but a few possibilities. The ultimate objective is to foster dialogue across disciplines and modes of thinking to engage with the questions that flow from the workshop title.
Thursday | 20 July
9.30-12.00 Presentations (I)
1.30-4.00 Presentations (II)
4.30-7.00 Presentations (III)
8.30 Dinner (Wu Tsang & Screening and/or Conversation Fred Moten)
Friday | 21 July
9.30-12.00 Presentations (IV)
1.00-2.30 Screening of Serpent Rain & with Arjuna Neuman and Denise Ferreira da Silva
2.30-5.00 Presentations (V)
8.00 Dinner & Closing discussion
PAF, The Space
PAF (=PerformingArtsForum) is a place for the professional and not-yet professional practitioners and activists in the field of performing arts, visual art, literature, music, new media and internet, theory and cultural production, and scientists who seek to research and determine their own conditions of work. PAF is based in St Erme, 150km north-east of Paris, France, between Reims and Laon
A few Moments
The conversations started at PAF’s media room, the event main site, continued in the courtyard
the kitchen …
Workshop Participants: Presenters and Attendees
Denise Ferreira da Silva
Neferti X. M. Tadiar
Clara López Menéndez
Corazon de Sol