COOP ~ CHUSMA 2.0: A Coalition of Gossips from Month to Month

Seminar 2: 18 - 19 January 2021

Monday 18: 10:00 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 18:00

Led by iLiana Fokianaki

Forms of togetherness in affinity and difference

If gossip is a word that changed through time, then what’s in a word? For this third week of CHUSMA 2.0 we will be  looking together into how patriarchy has obstructed us to see forms of togetherness in affinity and difference. For us to understand better the concept of intersectional feminism which is the main umbrella under which we embark on our COOP, its primal that we look into the word intersectionality and its histories in relationship to race, class and gender. For this we will look into important theorists that have first formulated the idea of intersectionality and its problematics, to see how their positioning might become a useful toolbox for our COOP project development. We will unpack this further through films that have portrayed examples of improbable affinities and interdependency. Please be aware our first morning session will be dense. 

Tuesday 19: 14:00 - 17:00

Led by Francesc Ruiz

Our second part of CORRESPONDENCES will dive in Ray Johnson:


(Toby Spiselman)

After having put into practice one of the New York Correspondence School’s choreographies, we will insist on the tactics and scope of Ray Johnson's relational work discussing about other ways of constituting communal epistolary correspondence. We will think about how to use this collective power through activation and addition, diffusion and dissemination, beyond remaining in a closed circuit we will think about how to affect others with our correspondences.


Shelley Duvall Fan Club, Paloma Picasso Fan Club, Nancy Sinatra Fan Club, Dora Maar Fan Club, Princess Stephanie Fan Club, Coco Gordon Fan Club, Odilon Redon Fan Club, Giusseppe Arcimboldo Fan Club... Ray Johnson stamped inscriptions on his letters that affiliated him to numerous fan clubs in a non-exclusive cult and worship that did not differentiate between individuals, socialites, stars and artists.  

The fan clubs can be understood as learning communities.


(Ray Johnson)

Taking advantage of the proximity of Valentine's Day we will think about writing a collective letter that expresses other ways of understanding love outside of the patriarchal construct of romantic love.


Seminar 1: 14-16 November 2020

These first days together will be directed to introduce and start knowing each other as a group, as well as building the grounds and setting out the research framework for our COOP. 

Morning 10h - 13h

Group introductions:

COOP members presentation

Francesc + Julia introduce the Chusma-Gossips COOP guidelines

Afternoon 14h - 18h30

On Gossips: research subject introduction

iLiana (video recording) introduces herself and State of Concept

Collective reading of Silvia Federici “On the Meaning of Gossip”, from Witches, Witch-hunting and Women (2018)

iLiana (through video) introduces the conceptual stakes of her research on Gossip, followed by a group debate

This first meeting we will be discussing the idea of the curatorial act as instituting through the formation and development of State of Concept, and its collaboration with the DAI. We will then zoom in into Gossips and its principal ideas and how they can be elaborated and developed through the research and collaborative process of the COOP of Chusma 2.0, addressing possible future theoretical threads for our group. 

Night 19h30 - 22h

Movie night


Morning 10h - 13h

Subversive collage workshop:

Looking at the visual archive of demonized women’s friendship, we will look out for material and visual forms of intervening and countering that representation

Afternoon 14h - 18h30

Correspondences 1

In this first session we will try to trace a genealogy of artistic distributive practices and we will get in touch with Ray Johnson's and the New York Correspondence School's production from the handling and study of some of the materials, texts, drawings and collages that he poured into his network through the postal system.

The New York Correspondence School can be understood as both a gossip channel and a potlatch orchestrated by Ray Johnson in which, in a more or less organized manner sailed tangentially through a key moment in the history of contemporary art, anticipating, as José Estaban Muñoz points out, a singular queer communicative utopia.

From that initial reading we will think of possible strategies to replicate and implement some of the New York Correspondence School distributive tactics. The objective is to initiate an alternative communication circuit based on the elaboration of diverse chain letters that will be maintained and multiplied throughout the year and that will allow us to keep a communication network in parallel to our meetings in the flesh.

Night 19h30 - 22h

Listening night

Up the Beanstalk: The Faggots & Their Friends, NTS recordings featuring readings from the 1970s cult queer fantasy “The Faggot & Their Friends Between Revolutions”


Morning 10h - 13h

Hypatia Vourloumis, our theory tutor companion, will lay out her take on Gossips as an apocalyptic and queer practice. She would do so through the figure and thought of José Esteban Muñoz as well as the recently convened encounter in State of Concept, “Apocalyptic Feminisms”:

Afternoon 14h - 18h30

Counter-Cartography of words workshop: cannibal, queer, pirate, gossip

Can we trace the genealogy and use of the words employed to degrade collectives? This will be a first exercise in possibly building lexicon-archive tracing the use and misuse and counteruse of certain words, and their performativity through time

Beauty Salon 1: Be careful with each other, So we can be dangerous together

The Beauty Salon will be a fixed recurring space in our COOP for mutual teaching and self-learning, taking as inspiration the infrastructure of the beauty parlour, where solidarities, gossip and aesthetic negotiations abound. 

The first session will be an introduction and debate on the constellation of issues that come together here (care, keratin, peligrosity, norms, etc) through discussion and small practices, followed by a somatic listening exercise.