Inciting change in the face of white supremacist cis hetero patriarchy and late capitalism is on the agenda during LAVA, a gathering on collective transformative practices
This summer, in a collective effort, a group of artists are creating a shared space for potential societal transformations, trying to imagine collective presents and futures. The LAVA gathering/festival at Agora MOVE is going to be self-organized. What do the artists hope to achieve over the course of the four-week project?
LAVA emerged out of a dialogue between Eroca Nicols and Sheena McGrandles and is driven by a huge desire to host, learn, facilitate, share resources, produce knowledge through collectivity and deal with the complexity and messiness of power, race, identity and intimacy with our bodies. Over four weeks from June 18th to July 14th, there will be workshops, training-sessions and discussions covering topics such as revenge, consent, self defense, shame and death. The venue Agora MOVE offers a space to facilitate ways of collectively imagining being together, utilizing the access to power and resources we have at our disposal. It is an unfunded effort and to be clear, those resources are the people we know who are working to make this happen, the space we’ve been offered at Agora (which, unfortunately, does not have a lift) and the time we have agreed to share. This effort is not perfect by any means and will be taking place inside because there is no outside (and yes, here we are referring to white supremacist cis hetero patriarchy and late capitalism). The effort is currently in debt, is asking for favors from friends and acquaintances, for couches and for amazing facilitators to show up not knowing what will precisely happen, or if they will actually be paid or break even. That being said, this effort is definitely not the only one taking place and perhaps doesn’t even make sense – yet. For tanzraumberlin magazine we were asked to respond to "white supremacist cis hetero patriarchy and a dance field reflective of these hegemonies and problems" as well as "your hopes for collective transformation”. Given that this is a collective venture, it was important for us to represent multiple positions, so what follows is a collection of responses from some of the facilitators of LAVA.
"What we want and what we need does not exist so we are trying to make it. And it requires effort.” – Eroca Nicols
"I am thinking about using shame as an anti-colonial pro-queer tool to empower and create our own narrative, liberated from a white supremacist past by re-purposing shame in a communal context we can heal, transform and learn to be proud of that we were taught to be ashamed of.” – Joy Mariama Smith
"I find strength in making space for creative and body-based practices. facilitating workshops is a place for me to not feel alone, to bring people together and to have fun – currently also dealing with difficult topics. to be in my body and to be in a group happens way less than it should and when it does happen at clubs or in the street – it can be uncomfortable or even scary. in certain contexts i am at risk of harassment or attack. intimidation techniques, threats, physical aggression. i was hit in the face recently, when alone on the S-Bahn and that’s why i am doing this workshop. right now. i couldn’t start the process alone. i am not alone – so many people are violated on the daily. it’s very sad, but we are also angry and grateful for each other. LAVA is by and for PoC and queer artists and friends – because we need that space for our bodies.” – Zinzi Buchanan
"Taking responsibility and care. flailing but trying our best to undo the parts of ourselves that reflect this fucked up world. dismantling in whatever small way. seeing the big picture? love and openness and fury.” – Summer
"Building and creating temporary collective compositions of people as a way to work through real big stuff in an attempt to dismantle hard and soft power structures. Along with practicing taking agency, listening hard, creating space and working through the labor to reflect things back differently." – Sheena McGrandles
"Smashing borders and stopping deportation. No access until they are accessible to everyone.” – Mzamo Jama
"We are hoping to collectively make visible and thus contestable the somatic experience of living within white supremacist cis hetero patriarchy.” – Undine Sommer
"What is the difference between theoretical knowledge/intellectual understanding and bodily knowledge/practical experience, i.e. what is (or else: what is it not yet, but ought to be) the physical consequence to knowing? And why is it generally assumed, at least in predominantly heteronormative, white communities – such is many an artistic community concerned with the notions of experimental dance and choreography – that ‘to know‘ is ‘enough?‘ A possible consequence to such an ethic – which is why one ought to be critical of it and work to provide their communities with the experience of another methodology, ergo: LAVA – is that it affords one to publicly adhere to one ideology whilst practicing another, e.g. it enables one to think they are fighting the patriarchy because they understand the conceptual framework, whilst continuing to employ a cis-gendered straight white male dominated workforce. This is what we’re here to examine, in my experience.” – pavleheidler
|vorheriger Beitrag||Inhaltsverzeichnis||nächster Beitrag|