[ENG] Situating oneself: autumn laboratory

1-5th October 2014      Politics and tactics within displacement.   An international laboratory exploring the embodied politics of relating across places, contexts and social spheres.  /// Registration deadline extended 15 September 2014.

****To participate in this laboratory you need to pre-register.****

download/view Pdf leaflet Situating oneself.

situating oneself-ileDisplacement is a key paradigm of our time, for who can afford not to move, to shift, to change, to develop and improve – or to be moved, shifted, displaced? Situatedness is a key condition for solid and sustainable practices, in politics, arts, research or otherwise. Yet situatedness is not something we can take for granted today. What is the meaning of situatedness within displacement?

In this autumn laboratory we will share and develop collective strategies and tactics around situatedness in displacement, emphasising mapping, diagrams, drifts and poeticsas method. We will look across the dimensions of macropolitics (such as power/state relationships), micropolitics (social and collective dynamics) and nanopolitics (relationships and embodiments) as we explore examples and experiences of situatedpractices marked by displacement. This laboratory brings together facilitators who work across social movements, culture/arts and research/theory, proposing different tools and perspectives on situatedness and displacement. Sessions will be in English, with the option of partial translations into Spanish.

What do politics and ethics mean in the context of frequent ­displacements? How do we understand and give account of our positionality and trajectory as itinerant subjects? What tools do we have for orienting ourselves in new contexts, for mapping out stakes, problems and possibilities of relating? 

As precarious, itinerant, flexible subjects we frequently (re)invent our politics and ethics in relation to our contexts. We interact and work with people who come from very different positions, memories and histories, in a space of dislocations, migrations. Moving between jobs, places, disciplines, social spheres, relations and priorities leaves us in an ambivalent space: caught between transversality and shiftiness. ‘Displacement’ can both be understood and experienced as something we have been subjected to, and as a self-determined movement/action: the difference between the two can be blurry. We all have strategies and tactics for how to deal with this, explicit or implicit, as groups and individuals.

Situating ourselves is not just difficult because we are compelled to move, but also because the world around us changes rapidly and we find ourselves frequently isolated and individualised. Situatedness means not just orienting oneself, nor is it just a matter of settling or knowing ones context. It implies mapping out ones positionality within the social and material world, as well as inhabiting ones own trajectory and subjectivity in relation to this world. To situate oneself is a diagrammatic labour of connecting given realities and limitiations with singularities and possibilities.

This laboratory brings together facilitators who work across social movements, culture/arts and research/theory, proposing different tools and perspectives on situatedness and displacement. It will not be carried out from a speculative or abstract perspective, but depart from the embodied experiences of participants in order to produce common notions and relate them to broader processes. Drawing on a variety of pedgogical formats and references, such as drifts, mapping, relational games, writing and theatre, we will think our trajectories and bodies in relation to those of others and build a toolbox for thinking and practice. Sessions will be in English, with the option of partial translations into Spanish.

What does is mean to struggle against precarity, globalization and neoliberalism in embodied terms? How do we forge networks of care, post-national struggles and solidarities in our everyday? When do we resist displacement and how do we resist through displacement? How do we think consistency and sustainability? What terms serve us to think an ethics and politics of displacement – situated/adrift, local/global, intimate/alienated, individual/collective, independent/interdependent, coming/going, flight/promise, transversality/intersectionality? What are the ways in which contemporary practices of displacement are produced by the neoliberal paradigm and embedded within structures and systems of governance?

/ with Manuela Zechner, Marcelo Expósito, Paula Cobo-Guevara, Claire English, Marc Herbst, Esquizo Barcelona Group (tbc), and Bue Rübner Hansen (tbc). Hosted by La Electrodoméstica

/// Registration deadline
15 September 2014
write to politicstactics@gmail.com

\\\ Programme

 Day 1 \\ Introduction, methodologies and definitions
Defining concepts and stakes: situatedness and displacement. Sharing experiences and stories. Methodological considerations. Manuela Zechner & Paula Cobo-Guevara
How to tell the story of a collective trajectory. To produce or not to produce?
Grupo Esquizo Barcelona

Day 2 \\ Positionalities
Where we stand, how we move. Diagrams of class/race/gender, inhabiting the social. What bodies can do in context. Manuela Zechner
Materialist dispositions, questions of orientation: what it means to be positioned. Bue Hansen

Day 3 \\ Trajectories
Mapping, tracing and telling trajectories. Giving account of itinerancy. The role of care/affective/work networks. Paula Cobo-Guevara & Manuela Zechner
Diagrammatic currents: mapping and thinking through diagrams. Examples from within and between art, activism and social movements in South America and Europe. Marcelo Expósito

Day 4 \\ Thinking context, composition and organisation
Crossing contexts: between arts, activism and academia. Movement workers within their ecosystems. Marc Herbst
The politics of care and migration activism: rethinking political imaginaries and modes of organising: composition and organisation in difference, the migration-mobility spectrum, experiences and tools from NoBorders and beyond. Claire English

Day 5 // Strategies, politics and ethics
The ethics and politics of situatedness and displacement. thinking across nano, micro and macropoltics. Conclusions and final discussion. All

\\\ About the facilitators

Paula Cobo–Guevara works across experimental text/poetry, militant research, and collective efforts to build worlds. Currenty, she collaborates with the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest. Her poetry work can be seen at Lies: a journal of materialist feminism (Forthcoming). She has lived many years in the Bay Area of California and now is currently based in Barcelona where she co-organizes the associative endeavour La Electrodoméstica.

Manuela Zechner is a facilitator, cultural worker and researcher working across the arts, social movements and academia. She runs the Future Archive and Radical Collective Care projects, is part of the Nanopolitics Group and makes radio with the Sounds of Movement programme. She works mostly in Austria, the UK and Spain and is now based in Barcelona at La Electrodoméstica.

Bue Rübner Hansen is a theorist, researcher and activist focused on questions of orientation and organisation in relation to precarity, crisis and class, and moves between Copenhagen, London, Vienna and Barcelona. 

Marcelo Expósito works across arts and politics, with new organising practices, critical theory, editorial work, curating, teaching and translation. He lives between Barcelona and Buenos Aires.

Imayna Caceres is a migrant, activist, and researcher, as well as a communication scientist and sociologist from Peru, whose practices are dislocated between arts, politics and affects in Barcelona and Vienna. Imayna’s subjectivity is transversed by the condition of third countries migrants and people of color in Europe and by communal and collective politics, developing strategies of resistance.

Marc Herbst is an artist, writer and co-editor of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, a now nomadic journal founded in 2000 in Los Angeles. He’s recently finished a documentary looking at creative disobedient left wing culture and thought since the Cold War. He enjoys mixing up ideas ignoring differences between mind and body, understanding and knowing and just going, at the edge of the institutions of intellect.

Esquizo Barcelona is a group traversed by the interest of producing collective, contingent and situated thinking around micropolitics and the schizoanalytic practice, looking for the invention of collective care assemblages, purring around the composition of liveable lives in the contemporary city.

* This laboratory runs on collective contributions, as an experiment in creating self-sustaining knowledge and resource production. Its financing works similar to crowdfunding, requiring confirmation of participation by 15 September.


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