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Welcoming Ghosts, Flat Time House

2ns June 2018

Welcoming Ghosts was a day-long workshop organised by Constellations exploring how collaborative practices are influenced by embodied histories. Constellations group members are; Beverley Bennett, Connie Butler, Ting-Ting Cheng, Edmund Cook, Carla Cruz, Sophie Hoyle, Gal Leshem and Camara Taylor.

“What those of us who have not died now know, that generations before us did not grasp, was that beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.”

- Killing Rage: Ending Racism, bell hooks.

Taking the form of a monthly working group, Constellations has explored different methods and approaches to artistic research and community-orientated practice through a series of workshops. Each session has been led by an invited guest, including; Ain Bailey, Helen Cammock, Jasleen Kaur, Rory Pilgrim and Rehana Zaman.  

Welcoming Ghosts invites participants to join Constellations for an open workshop exploring notions of heritage, inheritance and cultural identity in relation to community building and group dynamics. Drawing on a number of different texts and excerpts from artists’ films and videos, Constellations will lead a series of activities that focus on alternative forms of communication, pedagogy and knowledge production. Throughout the day we will collectively prepare and share food, thoughts and personal experiences.

The workshop will be followed by a DJ set from Ain Bailey.

Welcoming Ghosts materials list will feature;

•                This Bridge Called My Back, Gloria Anzaldúa. 

•                Twilight City, Black Audio Film Collective.

•                Create Dangerously, Edwidge Danticat.

•                Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study,                      Stefano Harney and Fred Moten.

•                A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid.

•                Killing Rage: Ending Racism, bell hooks.

•                Speaking Nearby (Interview), Trinh T. Minh-ha and                        Nancy N.Chen.

•                Surname Viet Given Name Nam, Trinh T. Minh-Ha.

•                Speaking in Tongues, Cherríe Moraga.         

•                Tell Me The Story of All These Things, Rehana Zaman.

The reading materials will be shared prior to the workshop.

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