COOP ~ Curating Positions: Location In Reverse- Care For a Place Through the Cinematic Lens from Month to Month

Seminar 1: 1-4 December 2019

Seminar one of “Curating Positions: Location In Reverse- Care For A Place Through The Cinematic Lens” will be led by Marwa Arsanios and Leire Vergara who will introduce their positions - through their practices - regarding notions of care for a place, care for knowledge and care for the land. The introductions will set the basis of the conceptual space for the COOP study group.

The participant students will also be asked to introduce their practice in regards to the thematic of the study group.

During this first session, we will start with the Listening Group, an initiative by Leon Filter that started in 2017 and that has been specifically thought in relation to the materials and exercises we will work with in the session.

Sunday, December 1:

19.30-20.15: Screening of the film Scuola Senza Fine by Adriana Monti (1983) Duration: 36 minutes

Between 1979 and 1983, Monti worked on a film with a group of women, most of them housewives, who in 1976 had taken the “150 Hours” course in Affori, Milan. The “150 hours” course is the name that received the contractual improvement that the Italian workers coming from the steel and automobile sector gained in 1973. This agreement extended soon to other industrial sectors and even to the unemployed and adults in general which finally gave access to many women and housewives to the course. Adriana Monti filmed a group of women that after completing the course and being awarded with the diploma decided to continue studying and formed with the help of the teacher a study group. Monti filmed the group between 1979 and 1981 and worked on the edition until 1983 in collaboration with the participants.

20.15-22.00: Round of weird questions among the participant students and the tutors.

Monday, December 2:

10.00-11.30: Presentation by Leire Vergara (care for a space: Bulegoa z/b). An introduction to the organisation behind this COOP in relation to the text Maria Puig de la Bellacasa: “Matters of Care in Technoscience: Assembling Neglected Things” in Social Studies of Science 2011 41: 85 or as an extended version in Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More Than Human Worlds University of Minnesota Press, 2017 pp. 27-69

11.30-13.00: Introduction to the Convention of Women Farmers and Ecological Feminists, an initiative by Marwa Arsanios for Biennale Warszawa 2019 in relation to Eve Tuck’s and Marcia McKenzie text “Relational Validity and the “Where” of Inquiry: Place and Land in Qualitative Research” in Qualitative Inquiry 1-6 2015)

14.00-15.00: Session 1 Listening Group with readers Karolin Meunier and Valentina Curandi. Texts include:

-The Script of the film Scuola senza fine translated by Fausta Daldini Einhorn; -Introduction to the script of the film Scuola senza fine, translated by Giovanna Ascelle, Scuola senza fine by Adriana Monti;

-Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More Than Human Worlds, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa University of Minnesota Press, 2017;

-On Earth we are briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong, Jonathan Cape, 2019

Karolin Meunier : Karolin Meunier is an artist and writer from Berlin and teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. She is a member of the publishing house and book shop B_Books in Berlin. Her performance, text and video works observe how access to individual experience is accomplished through cultural and standardized practices like translation processes, conversations, or learning methods. The artist book A Commentary on "Vai Pure" by Carla Lonzi will be published with B_Books/Archive Books in 2020.

Valentina Curandi : I a practitioner with an experimental approach to text-based research, performance and publishing. I develop performative work that focuses on the material-symbolic setup of the sexed and contracted willful subject, inquiring the socio- historic-economical conditions affecting the relationship of women to mortality. My theoretical and artistic research on feminist political economy and contract theory inquires the normalizing effect of legal regulations and devices on the everyday management of my reproductive bonds and obligations. The work Kate (2016 - ongoing) - a proposition of bequeathment of the body of my artistic work to the school I attended for my Master (Dutch Art Institute) - stretches the field of operation of the device of last will and testament’s legal language, extending it from the field of private transactions to the public-ness of a series of scripted performative acts.

15.00-16.30: Sound Debate (The debate will be recorded in order to make it arrive to the readers of the session 1 of the Listening Group).

16.30- 16.45: short break

17.00-18.00: Presentation by Leire Vergara (care for a location). Brief introduction to her PhD research “Dispositifs of Touching: A Curatorial Study on the Plazas of Sovereignty” (read in 2017 within the framework of Curatorial/Knowledge at Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College University of London)

20.00-22.00: Screening of How is Afraid of Ideology? by Marwa Arsanios Video 57 minutes.

As an introduction, standing on a stony path, director Marwa Arsanios faces the camera and wonders: “What does it mean to belong to a place? What does it mean to “be here”? What does the word “nature” encompass? What does it imply when we say “we”? These political questions arise from experiments conducted by women in three war-torn places. First, in the mountains of Kurdistan, in early 2017, the guerrilla led by the Kurdish women’s autonomist movement invites us to experience and consider space, plants, survival, ecology and economic battles in a different way. The process, so we are told, ensues from practical concerns: how do you set up an organic food production cycle? When does a tree need to be cut down? Then in Jinwar, literally the “place of women”, a village in Rojava, Northern Syria, built by women for the exclusive use of women. And finally, in a cooperative in the Bekaa Valley, near the Syrian border, which has become a sanctuary-like community for refugees. In these communities, the issue of the reappropriation of the land and means of production and subsistence is paramount, and it creates a different landscape. These three eco-feminist strategies at work bring about self-governance, and the creation and transmission of knowledge. These fragile yet so precious experiments are like pages in an herbarium, featuring carefully collected and hand-drawn plants, arranged in the film like silent, up-front manifestos. (Nicolas Feodoroff)

Tuesday, December 3:

10.00-13.00: Presentations by the participant students (open face to face)

14.00-18.00: Presentations by the participant students (open face to face)

20.00-22.00: Open discussion: Listening to a place (a new methodology to develop as part of this COOP, proposals for a collective project in Tunis)

Wednesday, December 4:

10.00-13.00: Introduction to the methodologies of the COOP (Listening Group, Sound Debates, Performative Screenings, Listening to a place…) for the different students-led parts, chronicles… Distribution of the different students-led parts across the year.