COOP ~ SOIL IS AN INSCRIBED BODY: on Agropoetics, Land Struggles and the Aesthetics of Sovereignty from Month to Month
Seminar 5: 13 - 16 June 2022
Monday 13th June: COOP Transition
Pick-up from last conversations at PAF
Conversation follow-up on tasks, and assignments allocated by the group to everyone.
Tuesday 14th June
10.30 - 11.30: Silent walk / Non-silent part
14.00 - 18.00: Student-led mapping of the final project - please bring the material that you’ve been working on since our last session.
20.00 Listening session (Manuela Garcia Aldana)
Wednesday 15th June
10.00 Start of full-day workshop with Ghayath Almadhoun
The outcome must not be in writing.
Details about the workshop to be communicated once shared by the guest tutor
Thursday 16th June
10.00 Student-led Summit preparations
14.00-17.00 Student-led Summit preparations (practicalities)
17.30 - 19.00 Reconvene with tutors
20.00 SOIL IS AN INSCRIBED BODY CINEMA SESSION
(This is a preliminary plan, but we will notify you should anything be changed.)
Seminar 4: 3 - 6 May 2022
Together we will map out the connections between underwater worlds, birthrates on opposite sides of an ocean, extraterrestrial liquid water and the geographic location of 70% of the world's freshwater reserves. The connection between our bodies and the ripples that bind us.
Please bring salt to our collective table.
Tuesday 3rd May
20:00 - 22:00 : tba
Wednesday 4th May
10.30 - 12.00: Silent walk / Non-silent part
12.00 - 12.20: Collective Nap
12.20 - 13.00: Talk
14:00 Picking up where we left off - Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
20:00 - 21:00 Listening session in the chapel - Lamin Fofana / Darkwater
21:00 Recap of previous COOP’s planning for the final project (30’ with tutors / 30’ only COOP participants)
Thursday 5th May
10:00 Full day writing workshop with Billy and Sagal
Travelling through sound into writing and back into sound
14:00 Writing workshop continues
16:00 Reworking material into a collective text
20:00 Retracing writing into sound
Friday 6th May
10:00 Édouard Glissant & Manthia Diawara documentary alt. Student-led conversation about Summit
13:00 Lunch - reconvene at 16:00
16:00 Guest tutor session with Euridice Kala
20:00 Student-led conversation about Summit alt. Édouard Glissant & Manthia Diawara documentary
Seminar 3: 28 - 31 March 2022
Monday 28 March
20:00 - 21:45 Check in meeting with Akinbode
Tuesday 29 March
10:00 DAI Introduction morning by Sara Benaglia
14:00 Visit to ORTO BOTANICO
20:30 Listening session: Lamin Fofana - Darkwater
Wednesday 30 March
10:00 Online session+discussion: Fertility, salinity and the many manifestations of Mami Wata
14:00 Visit to the banks of San Pelegrino
20:00 Salt work
Thursday 31 March
10:00 Morning movement session – (please bring comfortable clothes)
14:00 Reading Braiding Sweetgrass and Our History is Our Future
16:00 Discussing the Summit + Self-organised work: continuation of the Nida project – on water
20:00 Cinema and the sea – film screening
This is a preliminary plan, but we will notify you should anything be changed.
- The Consolation of Water Lilies (p. 98-104) in Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
- Chapter 4. Flood - in Our History Is the Future Standing Rock versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance by Nick Estes.
Seminar 2: 23 - 28 February 2022
FILL IN THE DIGITAL REGISTRATION ON ENTRY FORM WITHIN 48hs BEFORE DEPARTURE AND SAVE IT TO YOUR MOBILE (registration required)
Host: SAVVY Contemporary, Reinickendorfer Str. 17, 13347 Berlin
Student Accommodation I/Class (6 persons): Architecture Apartment York. A, Yorckstraße 60, 10965 Berlin
Student Accommodation II (4 persons): Großbeerenstraße 68, Hinterhaus, Souterain, 10963 Berlin
Accompanied by Peter Sattler (DAI, 2016)
This February COOP session of SOIL IS AN INSCRIBED BODY: on Agropoetics, Land Struggles and the Aesthetics of Sovereignty is going to focus on the practices of extraction, and…. how human manipulation in the name of capitalism, development or any other sugar-coated societal ill has led to consequential deterioration and precarity, not just for the local communities - the immediate victims, - but for humanity and our ecosystem at large.
Whether it’s kaolin clay extracted from the Ivoe Lake in southern Sweden, or Copper from the Katanga region in the DRC, our human material reality has irreversibly changed the natural landscape through the practices of extraction. In every “act of removal”, emerges a void. In this void generated by human action, does the earth, and does nature remain inert? Paraphrasing writer and essayist Amitav Gosh the “world is often seen by its conquerors within the frame of world-as-resource, in which landscapes (or planets) come to be regarded as factories, and “Nature” is seen as subdued and cheap”. So how does nature, and ecosystems in general counter this idea of being subdued and cheap?
If, as the Swedish curator and writer Sara Arrhenius writes “What we want to preserve more than unspoiled nature is the traces of human progress”, how far have we humans distanced ourselves from the exertion of force upon nature or any other form of life, and to which extent have we learnt from past misdeeds, and “progressed”? And how, in the name of progress, have we kept track of our collective motions towards developing a sustainable future?
These questions and a few other ones will constitute reflection axes around which we will gravitate throughout this upcoming DAI week
ROUGH DAY-TO-DAY (to be updated)
Wednesday 23rd - SAVVY DAY
Introduction and visit of the SAVVY Space
Thursday 24th - Whole day programme with guest tutor around artistic practice
Friday 25th - Reading, discussion of extracts from selected texts
Saturday 26th - Whole day programme with guest tutor around artistic practice
Sunday 27th - Reading, discussion of extracts from selected texts
Monday 28th - SAVVY DAY
Teaching and exchange sessions in the SAVVY space
Seminar 1: 8 - 10 November 2021
The village of Nida, as a geographic space, bears a lot of marks of ebb and flow. In 1709 nearly all of the population in Nida died from a bubonic plague epidemic, and although one finds only very little documentation about this specific epidemic case, one can only imagine how the bodies were disposed of as was common during plague outbreaks - the ashes buried into the earth. Humans have flowed back to this area in several migrations since then and Nida has been a witness to land struggles and sovereignty up to recently in its history. A little bit more than a century ago, Nida together with half of the Curonian spit became after World War I part of Memelland under the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, but was subsequently illegally annexed by Lithuania in 1923. Renamed Nida, the village nevertheless remained a predominantly German settlement; the border with the remaining German (East Prussian) half of the spit lay only a few kilometres to the south, and in 1939, the village was subsequently annexed by Nazified Germany.
Hostipitality and agropoetics are inextricably intertwined. We envision this first week, the beginning of Soil is an inscribed body that takes place in Nida, as an act of “bridging” between last year’s SAVVY COOP research theme and the one we are about to embark upon. “Nida” - which means “fluent” from old Prussian language, but thus evokes the word “flow”, the act of flowing - how do we navigate in such a space, witness and subject to such violent actions and hostility? What are the signs and impacts (geo-trauma) left and carried by the space from such actions?
Our opportunities to familiarise ourselves with the entanglements that make up the fabric of our surroundings will include walks, conversations, and eating, but also collective listening to help facilitate and initiate a collective COOP dynamic, as we get to know each other better, map potential trajectories for our personal and collective practices, and also allow the space - Nida - flow and inspire as we bookend this year in the spirit of artistic collaboration.
A breakdown of the daily events will be provided upon your arrival as this week’s COOP is a participatory event that demands no off-site preparation. We look forward to meeting you in Nida for the first iteration of the DAI COOP Soil is an inscribed body.