Curating Voices of Otherness: Women, non-binary, and transgender persons’ creative resilience in a world of wars, crises, and political turmoil.
Wars, conflicts, and various crises are never gender-neutral because they affect the whole of society, which is itself not gender-neutral. Those crises, both social and political as well as crises of values, affect women, non-binary and transgender persons in a particular way due to the intersectional discrimination they face, which is based on a combination of various characteristics or identities (migrant or refugee women, non-binary and transgender persons, persons of color or Roma persons, differently-abled persons, persons in poverty crisis, aged persons, non-heterosexual persons, persons with caring responsibilities, and so on). Aside from discrimination, women, non-binary and transgender persons often experience gender-based violence, especially when they find themselves in situations of precarity. Remaining silent is a common survival strategy. Moreover, women, non-binary, and transgender persons’ voices are often brutally silenced. Art seems to be the only language available to be heard. Art, music, and sound become political.
The symposium will be an interdisciplinary discussion (both theoretical and practical) on what it means to curate and create under oppression, facing hostilities and existential precarity. We will share and discuss diverse women, non-binary, and transgender persons’ experiences of facing crises, analyze what difficulties marginalised persons face within the creative sector, and try to understand to what extent their creative participation can be resilient and fluid in situations of emergency. During the two-day symposium, you will meet curators, activists, and artists including Elham Puriya Mehr and Alicja Czyczel amongst others, dealing with the ethics of otherness, with a specific focus on women, trans- and non-binary persons in the contexts of music and sound. Some activities will be conducted in smaller working groups (please, register using the link below), and some will be open to the general public.
9.30 WELCOME: Arrival and coffee
10.00 INTRODUCTION: Introducing the concept, the people behind and the ground rules
10:30 INSPIRATIONS: Inspirational presentations and questions
+ Elham Puriya Mehr: The Curatorial as an Interface
This lecture concentrates on the curatorial as an interface that amplifies women’s voices in the entanglement of sociopolitical conditions. An active, multiple, and joint agency that possesses potentialities to encourage social relations in the extreme condition of separability. Curatorial abilities visualise invisible interactions and contain rhythm, sound, and embodiment, and acknowledge them as political action.
As a case study, this lecture reflects on the Woman. Life. Freedom movement in Iran as a platform for emancipating voices and bodies, and underlines a curatorial role in its awakening and continuity. It raises questions such as: how can the curatorial as an interface slow down or interrupt the predetermined patterns that mute voices? And how does it mobilise the continuation of events in the time of protest?
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13.00 LUNCH – Hashtag Lab
14:00 CONNECTIONS: Sharing thoughts and collaborative writing
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Glissando Launch with guests: Monika Żyła (moderation), guests: Elham Puriya Mehr and others
17:00 Break and walk to restaurant
17:30 JOINT DINNER
19:30 Concert at Warsaw Autumn: Zubel / Adamczak / Marelli / ORKIESTRA MUZYKI NOWEJ / Bywalec – Hendrich / Stańczyk / Szmytka / Wołek
9:30 CHECK IN: Arrival and coffee
10:00 WORKSHOP: Embodied listening workshop run by Alicja Czyczel
10:45 THE THING FROM THE FUTURE: A session of radical imaging of the future. You will take part in a game called The Thing from the Future building new worlds and relations.
13.00 LUNCH – Hashtag Lab
14:00 WORKSHOP: Embodied listening workshop run by Alicja Czyczel
14:45 A MANIFESTO OF OPENNESS: Writing a Manifesto of Openness, individually or in groups.
16:30 CELEBRATION AND CLOSING
17:00 Break and walk to the restaurant
17:30 JOINT DINNER
19:30 Concert at Warsaw Autumn: Mukaiyama / Pękala / Bialic / CHÓR I ORKIESTRA FILHARMONII NARODOWEJ / Hermanto / van Koolwijk – Zubel / Balch / Rożynek / Vaughan / Błażejczyk / van Koolwijk
Together with our partners at Hashtag LAB, we make every effort to ensure that our symposium is accessible to all who wish to attend it. If you have special needs and would like to attend an event, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The symposium is developed and curated by Monika Żyła (musicologist, writer, and curator), Yulia Lashchuk (researcher and curator), Anne Marqvardsen, and Anna Berit Asp Christensen (artistic directors of Sounds Now partner SPOR festival, Denmark)
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