COOP ~ CHUSMA: a dirty editorial from Month to Month
Seminar 3 & 4: 10 - 17 March 2020
For this double COOP week, the Chusma group will explore issues of contagion and gossip; forms of reading and inscription, the circulation of culture and the information architectures it produces, from music genres to comic; loudness, humour, camp, and the different coalitions that can derive from all of it. This exploration will be conducted through a series of practical exercises and discussions, approaching the week together as one, open-ended experimentation: to create a newsstand, a kiosque, in which different magazines, newspapers, images, videos, maybe gestures, and sounds, songs and words are combined and recombined together to allow forms of reading and creating meaning.
TUESDAY 10 - COOP TRANSITION, with Francesc
Comics and local press reading.
WEDNESDAY 11, with Francesc
An introduction to the recent history of Arab comic books will be the starting point to talk about censorship and the many ways to avoid it. We will imagine tangential and alternative ways of distribution, we will focus on an expanded idea of the street newsstand as a space and time for dissemination of illicit content, a mutable transformist informational architecture capable of blooming explosively in the most unusual places... and disappear without leaving any trace.
(Some references: Danny the Street, Garbage Pail Kids trade cards, Fregolí, Transformers Franchise, Distribuidora La Polilla, ….)
Ian Nolan Student led session on bondage, practices of care and permission in BDSM
Second Stain Contest. In this new iteration we will work on contagion and strategies and tactics to stain others. This could be an adaptation or continuation of Ian’s workshop; do you have to make an agreement to stain another person? How can we stain with care?
THURSDAY 12, day out with Francesc
We will visit markets, second hand bookshops, street newsstands, looking for inspiration for our informational architectures. We will try to collect experiences to add to our chusmaesque newsstand, printed matter debris, Arab camp, tourist oriented kitsch on the search of our chusmaesque double in the Tunisian context.
In the evening we will start to share ideas on how we can collectively build our newsstand.
FRIDAY 13, with Francesc and Julia
In the morning we will continue discussing and building models for our chusma distribution ad will prepare a first presentation of ideas to show and welcome Julia.
In the afternoon, Francisco Mojica will lead a session on the use of the synthesizer in Soft Cell
We will end the day with a karaoke of trash synth tunes that derive from the previous session.
SATURDAY 14, with Francesc, Julia and iLiana
Day out devoted to work on the research, production and making of the newstand.
In the afternoon, we will have a get together to work together on our Chusma Lexicon.
Film night: a collective commented screening of Paris is Burning
SUNDAY 15, with Francesc, Julia and iLiana
Julia will make an introduction to social choreographies, and we will devote the discussions of this day to reading gestures, poses and other grammars that are naturalised in our bodies. Also to the figure of Caliban, and the strategies of linguistic and monstrous resistance.
Zach Schoenhut will lead a session on Reading.
We will end with Beauty Salon on Keratin politics —hair, nails, and more; or the synesthetics politics of smell and the hammam; or continue our litter and glitter research.
MONDAY 16, with Julia and iLiana
Day out devoted to work on the research, production and making of the newstand.
In the afternoon, iLiana will introduce her research on gossip as a form of female comradeship, and will start a discussion on dirty talk and rumours.
Film night: Les Garçons Sauvages, by Bertrand Mandico
TUESDAY 17, with iLiana
Day to make the newsstand WORK!
We will have a get together to work together on our Chusma Lexicon. And wrap up the week, to plan next weeks ahead.
Film night, to be proposed by the group or Night out wrap up and celebrate and chill.
Seminar 2: 26 - 29 January 2020
During our Epen encounter, we will delve into the excesses of muddy neo-baroque poetry and the possibilities of social choreographies. Julia will be joined by artist, ex-DAI and baroque priestess Mercedes Azpilicueta as tutor for a day + transition.
We will devote this COOP transition to briefly present our work in relation to the intentions of the following days, and introduce —softly— the poems by Néstor Perlongher that we have translated as working materials for the following days.
This whole day will be centered in working on the visceral, sculptural and textural dimensions of language hosted at the heart of the Latinamerican neo-baroque and muddy baroque movements.
In the morning, we will discuss the texts The Baroquification and Sandy Beaches and Muddy Delta by Néstor Perlongher in dialogue with the harsh context of repressive necropolitics and general violence that ravaged South America in the 70-90s. We will take some time to explore the cultural practices that emerged during that time, in which the body —abject, precarious, excessive, and collective— become a rather verbose matter.
In the afternoon, we will take the discussion into practice, through exercises of metonymic description, textural-textual surfaces, ecstasy and dementia declamation, “muddying” and intoxicating sense(s), accents and other forms of corrupting one’s own language. All these exercises will take the residues, remainders or leftovers of your own practice as working materials.
In the night, depending on the energy, we will either watch a film relating to Perlongher’s historical context, or continue with some corporal exercises from the afternoon in a softer way. This will also be the time for Face2Face.
Mercedes will leave Tuesday morning, and after a decompression walk through Epen, Julia will take the discussion from the potentials of abjection found in the cannibal the trope, through the figure of Caliban, to the articulation of social choreophies (forms of experimentation in the field of aesthetics that generate hitherto unforeseen social representations and ways of life) and the foundation of the night studies.
The afternoon will host a Beauty Salon session centered on the politics of shine and diffraction and queer bodybuilding, organised by Hannah O’Flynn and Simon(e) Van Sarloos.
At night we will watch Tongues untied by Marlon Riggs, and will have some time for Face2Face.
This last morning we will gather to wrap up the previous days and plan future actions ahead.
This is a tentative schedule, which can be susceptible of being altered along the way according to the group’s work, energy and mood. Decompression walks in the woods can take me place in any slot at any given time.
A manifesto, as mood attuning for our next date: Pedro Lemebel, I Speak for my Difference / Hablo por mi diferencia : http://cordite.org.au/poetry/notheme4/manifesto-i-speak-for-my-difference/
Seminar 1: 1-4 December 2019
Together with tutors Julia Morandeira and Francesc Ruiz, this first week will be devoted to setting up the horizon of desire, of possibility and action of this COOP: how to constitute a chusma group and a dirty editorial. To do so, we will delve into the methodological potentials that José Esteban Muñoz foresaw in the chusmería, namely “a tactical refusal to keep things pristine and binarized, a willful mistmaching of striped and floral print genres, and a loud defiance of a rather fixed order”. In relation to this and the editorial, we will explore through a set of chusmaesque trashy workshops what Francesc has termed “disturbing distribution” by contaminating and threatening different systems of communication and distribution that operate around us.
This short COOP transition will be dedicated to introductions amongst group members and tutors. We will also share the constellation of topics that we tentatively plan to work on throughout the year.
Monday / Tuesday mornings: BEAUTY SALON
The Beauty Salon will be a fixed recurring space in our COOP’s seminars, aimed at tuning in the tone and the conceptual framework of each seminar week while we engage in collective activities related to pleasure as activism, self-fashioning and style, glamour and excess, or hair and nails — all of them understood as sites of resistance, care, resignification and fantasy. A series of texts will be read aloud while other activities are undertaken.
For this week, we will be reading extracts of José Esteban Muñoz Cruising Utopia, Michael Warner’s Fear of a queer planet, Judith Halberstam’s writings on wildness, Deborah Cowen “Rough Trade? Sex, Death, and the Queer Nature of Circulation” from the The Deadly Life of Logistics, Zoe Angelis and Blake Gutt’s Stains and adrienne maree brown’s Pleasure Activism; films and clips will also be screened, and we will be sharing a series of comics with all the group.
It is a moment of sharing references, materials, gossip, collective speculation; of setting an ambiance and mood. We are also entertaining the idea of doing the second Beauty Salon in the heated swimming pool, if the group is ok with it and the space allows it.
Monday / Tuesday afternoons: DIRTY PLACES WORKSHOP
Waste, rubbish, weeds, garbage, litter. This part of our study group will take us to pay attention to those circuits, systems and infrastructures that invisibilise our waste, garbage, what we excrete. Organised through drifts and walks, the purpose of this activity is to identify the cracks in those systems, the places where regulations cannot be applied or where their application is denied or neglected. When the sanitised control fails, all those things that were opaque emerge, bringing a lot of information with them. The purpose here is to identify the opaque channels, to be able to reproduce the cracks. A small sabotage or a little obstruction in the system could produce a temporary overflow, a leak, that we would understand as a publication.
After a visual introduction to the ideas around dirty places, infrastructure, distribution and disruption, we will work on the fantasy of sabotaging Nieuwvliet systems and distribution circuits, identifying the better spots to make public, to publish, what it is usually opaque or invisible in the area. We will explore the surroundings of our location and will collectively create a plan to turn Nieuwvliet into a different place —for better or for worse. All this work will be done by making maps, drawings, collages, models and some “printing” actions.
Monday night: FIRST STAIN CONTEST
This night activity will consist in an award-like ceremony celebrating the power of stains to transmit ideas and feelings, social constructs and affective economies. Every contestant will carry a stain on its body, clothes, etc. accompanied with a narrative making reference to a real or fictitious event in which the stain is involved. The stain can be real or fake. We will create different award categories based on the feelings that each stain presentation generates: shame, fun, attraction, disgust...
Tuesday night: STICKY LETTERS
Inspired by early mail art and the work of Ray Johnson, this activity wants to initiate an organised network of individuals interested in micro sabotaging the postal service, as well as the COOPs and the larger DAI structure. The network members will use the postal systems to communicate and plan different disruptions: addressing messages to the workers, testing the limits of the system and its standards and by making the sending of every single letter a possibility to affect and infect other letters.
We will take this final morning to decompress, evaluate the experience and plan ahead the next seminar week.
All COOP members should bring their make-up and any other self-fashioning tool at hand for the Beauty Salon and the First Stain contest, as well as any “sticky” communication element. Bring your swimsuits. Two readings are recommended: Latina Performance and Queer Worldmaking; or, Chusmería at the End of the Twentieth Century by José Esteban Muñoz and Jack Halberstam Wildness, Loss, Death which we will share by mail.
OST for this first seminar: Evelyn Cornejo, La chusma inconsciente
“Somos los mal hablados, los mal pensados, los mal vestidos, los mal portados...”