Seminar 1: 22 - 24 November 2022

We envision this first week, the beginning of Unraveling the (Under-)development complex as an act of “bridging” between last year’s SAVVY COOP research theme Soil Is An Inscribed Body and the one we are about to embark upon. Both themes are inextricably linked to one another. Looking across different geographies, from the basin of the Congo River, through the mines of the Katanga region, to those of Minas Gerais in Brazil, during last year’s COOP, we were able to reflect around notions of extraction, land struggle and land sovereignty. Throughout its history, Arnhem has witnessed the violence of conflicts and occupations during successive battles and wars, across Europe, but it has also been witness to the forceful displacement of people as was the case of the “Zwarte Anna” (Black Anna) - as the few records found name her - a black (enslaved) woman from Suriname, who arrived in Arnhem in 1727, accompanying the family she worked for.

Our opportunities to familiarise ourselves with the entanglements that make up the fabric of our surroundings, will include walks (please make sure you bring along warm clothes), 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 - Arnhem - 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 Arnhem for the first iteration of the DAI COOP Unraveling the (under-) development Complex.