HEKLER Assembly Fall 2021: Infrastructures of Care is an online study group that will explore the relationship between civic engagement and collectivity through art practice and pedagogy. We will alternate between a limited number of participants and public programs.
When we hear the word infrastructure, we usually think of the material networks that support our homes and cities. However, there are also less detectable infrastructures such as the systems of control, surveillance, and cultural norms that govern us in private and public space. These frameworks are limiting and mislead our notions of freedom. During Infrastructures of Care, we will focus on the crucial transformative role of the arts in redefining infrastructure within movement building that centers ecologies of care and mutuality.
Over the course of 12 sessions, starting last week of September, we will critically consider the histories, ethics, and aesthetics of community-centered art practices. We will do this through participatory workshops, presentations, peer-to-peer work, and on-site interventions. Participants will gain knowledge and practice a range of collaborative methodologies, organizing tools, and resources that will be made into a free printed and digital twin publication.
Infrastructures of Care has been developed by Dena Al-Adeeb, Sonja Blum, Eryka Dellenbach, Joshua Nierodzinski, Nataša Prljević, Jelena Prljević, Farideh Sakhaeifar, and Rashmi Viswanathan, through months of convening, collective thinking and crafting the syllabus. We wish for the Assembly to be free and accessible to as many people as possible. In order to do this we need your financial support that will be directed towards compensation for our work and stipends for our collaborators whom we invite to share their knowledge, co-create participatory workshops, and build an open source archive.
With your support we can expand the number of participants, compensate fairly for people’s labor, and keep the program free for everyone.
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