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Church Street Local Projects Shelf

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Launch at 3.30pm at Church Street Library

Free and open to all

Please join us to launch the Church Street Local Projects Shelf, a community-run bookshelf for Church Street Library.

The Local Projects Shelf will feature the many projects and publications about the Church Street and Edgware Road area and will exist as a growing archive of the neighbourhood.

The shelf was born out of the need to share the vast amount of materials produced by art organisations, academic institutions, individual practitioners and researchers about the neighbourhood, with the public that constitutes it. The shelf is designed by Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, and invites donations of any publications or materials about the area.

Coinciding with the launch of the Local Projects Shelf, the event will launch Studies on a Road, a series of pamphlets documenting projects commissioned through the Serpentine Galleries’ Edgware Road Project as well as Action of Street/Action of Room a publication by students from Westminster Academy and artists Febrik.

Publication contributors will discuss their projects and we will share our experiences of living and working in the neighbourhood over food from the market.

Please bring a publication to donate to the Local Projects Shelf if you can!

For more information, please contact:
Amal Khalaf amalk@serpentinegalleries.org

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ACT ESOL: Language, resistance, theatre

Saturday 7 May 2016

3pm

Education Space at the Serpentine Galleries

Free and open to all

Teacher Becky Winstanley and Implicated Theatre Director Frances Rifkin discuss ACT ESOL, an ongoing theatre and language education project that combines Theatre of the Oppressed and Participatory ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).

ACT ESOL is a project by the Serpentine Galleries Edgware Road Project, where participatory ESOL teachers and Implicated Theatre work with language learners to develop a more political ESOL approach that combines language with a focus on resistance.

Following the devastating impact that cuts and aggressive immigration policies have had on mainstream, government funded ESOL provision, political ESOL projects such as this are timely and much needed.   Implicated Theatre ran an 8 week pilot project in Spring 2015, which aimed to work with second language speakers to combine Boal inspired Theatre of the Oppressed work with language development. Participants enrolled on the course to learn new performance skills and use the theatre as a context to develop their English language skills.

Experiences of migration in relation to language were not necessarily explored adequately in previous Implicated Theatre workshops. And although many teachers successfully use drama techniques in their ESOL work, few are familiar with the complexity and transformational potential of Theatre of the Oppressed.

The idea emerged to create a course specifically for Theatre of the Oppressed with English and to pilot a project with theatre and language experts working together to experiment with different ideas. Implicated Theatre worked with the Migrants Resources Centre and English for Action to establish the project which became ACT ESOL.

As the project continues and we work towards creating a resource for ESOL teachers to be launched at the end of the year, join us for the discussion where we will be launching an interim report by English for Action’s Becky Winstanley, that describes the work we did during the pilot of the ACT ESOL project but also hopes to inspire other teachers to try out and develop this work in their own contexts.  The digital version of the report will be available to download in early May.

Becky Winstanley is an experienced ESOL teacher and teacher educator working in Tower Hamlets. Her particular areas of interest include participatory approaches to education, language and migration and language and literacy development for social change. She worked on Actionaid’s Reflect ESOL project, adapting the international Reflect model for language learning in the UK and trained with Reflect practitioners in Liberia. She has been an active trade unionist for many years and is interested in teachers’ and students’ struggles in education and beyond

English for Action (EFA) London provides English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses for migrant communities across London. Our aim is to reach people who may be excluded from mainstream ESOL courses. We believe that ESOL classes, with the correct focus, can enable migrants to access the social, economic and political benefits that would be out of reach without language training and support.  – See more at:

Implicated Theatre have worked since October 2011 including collaborations with the Migrants Resource Centre, UNITE’s Hotel Workers union and Justice for Domestic Workers with theatre director Frances Rifkin. The experimental workshops explore the relationships between political speech and action, the self and the collective, voice and silence. Forming close relationships with migrant’s rights groups and unions, Implicated Theatre creates theatrical interventions inspired by real-life struggle, and highlighting issues of social justice.

For more information please contact amalk@serpentinegalleries.org

 

Please sign this petition to stop the eviction of no.w.here.

no.w.here were in residence with the Edgware Road Project for 4 years and were founding artists of Serpentine Galleries’ Implicated Theatre.

This petition is vital as no.w.here joins a long list of grassroots community spaces, homes and hospitals facing eviction in London. For 10 years no.w.here has worked in Tower Hamlets as a not for profit community project, open artist platform and film laboratory built on the historical legacy of the London filmmakers co-operative. Run by cultural workers who place value on education, resistance, collaboration and free expression, no.w.here’s future is under threat from a tidal wave of property developers. Vital in its community, no.w.here does not view displacement by billionaires or the destruction of communities as a natural evolution.

What is happening?

“The day after the election, the capital’s luxury flat market soared, as the global elite rushed to buy a piece of ‘real’ London life”. The Guardian 30 May 2015

no.w.here was renewing it’s 9 year lease, as the Tory election win triggered a wave of property development speculation across London. Enquiries for our building led to the landlord closing down lease conversations, the building is now receiving development bids, no.w.here and three local businesses face eviction. In response no.w.here applied for and was granted legal status as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). This ACV status is now being appealed by the landlord.

What can I do?

PLEASE SIGN AND CIRCULATE THIS PETITION to lobby our landlord to recognise the value of our community by renewing our lease.

What other spaces are currently at risk?
Our campaign runs alongside a network of grassroots Tower Hamlets campaigns fighting gentrification and social cleansing Stop the Blocks

A Stage for Any Revolution was an open modular ‘stage’ by artist Alia Farid based on an architectural model from 1929 by constructivist set designer, Victor Shestakov. The stage, re-envisaged for Edgware Road was used by the public in different ways; for long-distance participation in events happening across the Arab world, for sitting together to share discussions, for making declarations or speeches, for convening groups of people, and hosting events.

On 11 July, Alia Farid will launch the stage with a performance of Zoe Leonard’s I want a President… in Arabic and English. This collective reading is part of an ongoing project initiated by artists Malin Arnell, Kajsa Dahlberg, Johanna Gustavsson and Fia-Stina Sandlund in collaboration with artist Zoe Leonard.

To mark the launch of Bright Echo, Sophia Al-Maria responded to Alia Farid’s A Stage for Any Revolution  by organising Acts of Memory – Tyburnia, a performance of Monica Ross’ original piece Anniversaryan act of memory which is a collective, multilingual recitation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Acts of Memory – Tyburnia was performed at 3.30pm on 18 July at Nutford Place.

Sophia Al-Maria is a writer who lives in London now. In 2012 her first book, The Girl Who Fell to Earth received high praise in the United States from The New York Times to Elle Magazine and is being published in Arabic as Between the Earth and the Sky this year. In January 2015 Sophia was selected for the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriting Lab where she worshipped her Egyptian revenge thriller, Beretta. Her first solo show Virgin with a Memory at Manchester’s Cornerhouse drew on the subject matter of the film and the un-making of it.

Listen to the recitation Acts of Memory – Tyburnia here:

“…not a Luxury”: Radiofonizing the Archive of Resistance.

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Diásporas Críticas (Anyely Marin, Veronica Lahitte, Rebecca Close) present a performance-reading of “…not a luxury”, a proposal to “radiofinize” A Stage for Any Revolution.

At the end of the seventies, the guerrilla-radio was a tool used to give voice to multiple projects of self- and collective invention, aiding the emergence of feminist, black feminist, anti-colonial and decolonial resistence. At the centre of these activisms, Audre Lorde (1977) differentiated a form of logical writing from a vital poetry: “Poetry is not a luxury”. Since then, silence has been diagnosed as a mode of domination, while poetry appears repeatedly as a tool of resistance.

“…not a luxury” approaches radio as a methodology that moves beyond its use as a box for distributing content. Radiofonization seeks rather to dissolve the boundary between the apparatus of radio (and its capacity to fragment and distribute voice, time and sound) and the languages of resistance invented and accumulated in the feminist and decolonial struggles. In line with the objectives of The Stage For Any Revolution, “…not a luxury”: Radiofonizing the Archive of Resistance aims to enunciate and activate past knowledge and strategies for intervention into the present.

For the performance-reading “…not a luxury”, Diasporas criticas will read a selection of texts from their archive of poetry, manifestos and speeches (developed between 2012-present), in an exercise of radiofonization, exploring the question: what else is not a luxury?

About Diasporas criticas:

Diasporas criticas is a platform for artistic research that functions as a space of resistance to the neoliberal politics of racial and sexual surveillance. Operating out of the neighbourhood of Raval in Barcelona, the platform is activated by Verónica Lahitte (Buenos Aires, 1980), visual artist; Rebecca Close (Londres, 1987), researcher and writer; Anyely Marín Cisneros (Caracas, 1977) researcher, professor and producer of social television. They work with an archive of feminist, queer and decolonial poetry, manifestos and speeches and their projects aim to creatively activate these historical poetic-political languages of transformation. In collaboration with other critical diasporas they research, perform, read, archive, write, enunciate, publish, argue, produce, film, love, coordinate, discuss, do radio and present as tools of self- and collective decolonisation.

They have developed their research-action projects with the kind support of Museu d’Art Contemporani, Tate Liverpool, L’Internationale, Ars Santa Monica y Idensitat Translocations, LAB2014: El reverso de la paz, LabIAL, Centro de Investigaciones Artisticas Buenos Aires, Art Asia Pacific Magazine, Institut Ramon Llule and the culture@work European Union Fund.

http://cargocollective.com/diasporascriticas


Kiani Del Valle
Las casas invisibles
Sunday 12 July, 4pm
A Stage for Any Revolution, Nutford Place W2 2DZ

Artist, dancer and choreographer Kiani Del Valle presents Las casas invisibles for Alia Farid’s A Stage for Any Revolution.

Las casas invisibles ( The invisible Houses )

When time is shifted, reality conflicted and your needs and desires don’t exist where you are standing allegories are created. An imaginary character that lives in imaginary places looking for something that gives meaning to her-his existence. Finding out in the end that the meaning has always been there but the exterior have never match its purpose. “‘Las casas invisibles” is a solo withing 3 solos created between San Juan Puerto Rico , NYC and Montreal.

Kiani JAD OAKES

About Kiani Del Valle Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Kiani has danced professionally in NYC, Montreal, and Berlin. Del Valle’s trajectory includes training in Schools and companies such as; Andanza Contemporary Dance School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater NYC, Sasha Waltz & Guest Berlin , and Matanicola Berlin. She has developed a unique teaching curriculum in Contemporary Dance, Dance Film, as well as becoming the main movement coach for several singer in the city of Berlin. In the past year Kiani has choreographed many music videos for artists including The Beatsteaks, Brandt Brauer Frick, Mathew Dear, Emika, Chasing Kurt, Kyson, Materia, Tim Ryoko & Philippe Lemott, Los Walters, We Are Wolves, Kasper Bjorke and most recently Miss Platnum, Rammstein, and Floating Points . She toured Russia and performed selected shows in Germany and France with Berlin based, British singer Emika under Ninja Tune Record Label. She is dancing for choreographer Melanie Lane on selected shows of CLARK under Warp Records London. Kiani teaches and performs in Germany, across Europe and the Middle East. Del Valle is a concept artist whose main form of expression is movement, this is seamlessly translated into stage , film and performance work. She lives in Berlin and is currently working on a series of Dance Films in collaboration with several music and film artist.

View images from the performance:

Check the recent interview with KALTBLUT Magazine Berlin
http://www.kaltblut-magazine.com/artist-of-the-week-kiani-del-valle/

https://www.facebook.com/KianiDelValle
http://www.networkdance.com/Kiani-Del-Valle/#Board

Recent work for Kasper Bjorke

Choreography for Berlin trio BRANDT BRAUER FRICK

Last improv fun of the year! Hannes Caspar, Berlin

Check the new Matthew Dear album promo were am featured

Bright Echo/Acts of Memory – Tyburnia
Sophia Al-Maria
18 July, 3.30pm
Nutford Place W2 2DZ

BRIGHT ECHO

Bright Echo presents the listener with a sonic landscape composed of the internal monologues and secrets of the street.

You can download it from here or on shubbak.co.uk from 18 July 2015.

To mark the launch of Bright Echo, Sophia Al-Maria has responded to Alia Farid’s A Stage for Any Revolution by organising Acts of Memory – Tyburnia, a performance of Monica Ross’ original piece Anniversary – an act of memory which is a collective, multilingual recitation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Acts of Memory – Tyburnia will be performed at 3.30pm at Nutford Place.

A collaboration between Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar and the Edgware Road Project at the Serpentine Galleries, Continuous City: Mapping Arab London is a publication that attempts to map London through its historical and contemporary Arab communities.Continuous City features work by Sophia Al Maria, Oraib Toukan,Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Inas Halabi, Maan Abu Taleb, Michael Vazquez and Sheyma BuAli among others. The publication is edited by Amal Khalaf and Deena Chalabi. The publication will be available for download on iTunes in 2016.

Sophia Al-Maria is a writer who lives in London now. In 2012 her first book, The Girl Who Fell to Earth received high praise in the United States from The New York Times to Elle Magazine and is being published in Arabic as Between the Earth and the Sky this year. In January 2015 Sophia was selected for the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriting Lab where she worshipped her Egyptian revenge thriller, Beretta. Her first solo show Virgin with a Memory at Manchester’s Cornerhouse drew on the subject matter of the film and the un-making of it.

Bright Echo is commissioned by the Serpentine Galleries, the British Council and Shubbak.

For more information, or to take part in the performance please contact Projects Curator Amal Khalaf on amalk@serpentinegalleries.org

Launching Saturday 11 July, 3.30pm
Nutford Place, W2 2DZ

LEAD IMAGE_ALIA FARID_A STAGE FOR ANY REVOLUTION

A Stage for Any Revolution is an open modular ‘stage’ by artist Alia Farid based on an architectural model from 1929 by constructivist set designer, Victor Shestakov. The stage, re-envisaged for Edgware Road will be used by the public in different ways; for long-distance participation in events happening across the Arab world, for sitting together to share discussions, for making declarations or speeches, for convening groups of people, and hosting events.

Alia Farid will take up residence on the Edgware Road, and over the course of the Shubbak festival the ‘stage’ will come to life from 11-20 July, with a series of performances, reading groups, the production of a publication with Dani Lloveras and the launch of Bright Echo, a sound commission by Sophia Al-Maria.

On 11 July, Alia Farid will launch the stage with a performance of Zoe Leonard’s I want a President… in Arabic and English. This collective reading is part of an ongoing project initiated by artists Malin Arnell, Kajsa Dahlberg, Johanna Gustavsson and Fia-Stina Sandlund in collaboration with artist Zoe Leonard. On July 18, Sophia Al-Maria organises Acts of Memory – Tyburnia, a performance of Monica Ross’ original piece Anniversary – an act of memory which is a collective, multilingual recitation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

A Stage for Any Revolution will be running from 3 – 7pm on the following dates with performances at the indicated times below:

Saturday 11 July – 3.30pm a collective reading of Zoe Leonard’s I want a president… in English and Arabic

Sunday 12 July – 4pm a performance by dancer Kiani del Valle; 6pm … not a luxury a performance-reading by diásporas críticas

Monday 13 July – Closed

Tuesday 14 July – Open stage, Alia Farid and Dani Lloveras

Wednesday 15 July – Open stage, Alia Farid and Dani Lloveras

Thursday 16 July – Open stage, Alia Farid and Dani Lloveras

Friday 17 July – Open stage, Alia Farid and Dani Lloveras

Saturday 18 July – 3.30pm Acts of Memory – Tyburnia performance of Monica Ross’ original piece Anniversary – an act of memory, a collective, multilingual recitation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Organised by Sophia Al-Maria. To coincide with the launch of sound commission Bright Echo by Sophia Al-Maria, available on the Serpentine Galleries and Shubbak website.

Sunday 19 July – 4pm performance workshop by Implicated Theatre

Monday 20 July – 6pm a series of performances by Colette Dalal Tchantcho and Balquis Duval

A Stage for Any Revolution is the result of six months’ research as part of the residency programme From Neighbourhood to Neighbourhoods. Alia Farid undertook this residency with the Serpentine Galleries’ Edgware Road Project in summer 2013 and at Mathaf Museum of Modern Arab Art, Doha in spring 2014. The resident artists investigated the possibilities for public life by generating interest in shared spaces, values, and responsibilities over the development of these neighbourhoods that shape our cities.

Alia Farid (b.1985) is a Kuwaiti-Puerto Rican visual artist who works at the intersections of art and architecture on the activation of spaces for critical thinking and action. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from La Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico (Viejo San Juan), a Master of Science in Visual Studies from the Visual Arts Program at MIT (Cambridge, MA), and a Master in Museum Studies and Critical Theory from the Programa d’Estudis Independents at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Catalonia). She has completed residencies at Beta Local (San Juan), Casa Árabe (Córdoba), the Serpentine Galleries (London), and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art (Doha). Her most ambitious project to date has been curating the Pavilion of Kuwait at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, which –despite its appearance at la Biennale di Venezia– placed emphasis on what participating could induce locally in an environment driven by ideologies incongruent with critical and aesthetic thought.

Commissioned by Serpentine Galleries, Shubbak and the British Council.

For more information, to take part, or to propose an action for A Stage for Any Revolution please contact Projects Curator Amal Khalaf on amalk@serpentinegalleries.org

We Are Implicated, So Are You...

We Are Implicated, So Are You…

WE ARE IMPLICATED, SO ARE YOU…

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 7pm

The Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH

This participatory performance emerges from a series of workshops using Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. Created from thoughts and experiences of its players, its themes of invisibility, discrimination and injustice, achievement, change and aspiration are shared as elements of the experience of going to live in a new city. We are left to ask how we can collectively listen to lives unseen and resist power unchecked.

Implicated Theatre have worked since October 2011 including collaborations with the Migrants Resource Centre, UNITE’s Hotel Workers union and Justice for Domestic Workers with theatre director Frances Rifkin. The experimental workshops explore the relationships between political speech and action, the self and the collective, voice and silence. Forming close relationships with migrant’s rights groups and unions, Implicated Theatre creates theatrical interventions inspired by real-life struggle, and highlighting issues of social justice. This performance will also feature a set designed by artist Karem Ibrahim and films created with the players through a series of workshops at no.w.here.

Tickets: Full price £5; Concessions £4 – Available to Purchase here.

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