Come and join our friends of the De Appel Curatorial Programme 2023 for three more gatherings in October ( on the 26, 27th and 29th). Marina Christodoulidou, Billy Fowo, Meghana Karnik, Eugene Hannah Park and Jean-Michel Mabruki Mussa were in attendance of the panel “Revisiting the Global 1960s” at Sharjah Biennial 15’s March Meeting, a series of presentations on new research about anticolonial struggle in the global south. A question from Kamran Ali, articulating the need to think through the topic in a post-1988 context, caught our attention. To paraphrase Ali: “What do we do with the so-called ‘melancholia of the left’? What are the [anticolonial] politics being thought through today? Is it a productive melancholia we have to work with?” Panelist Zeina Maasri answered: “We need an aesthetics of hope.”

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won't you celebrate with me?
19:00 - 21:00
*Offsite: Metro54 (Westerdoksdijk 597)

Hope is a project of communal labor — something we undertake together, using the resources we already have. After Lucile Clifton’s poem, “won’t you celebrate with me,” an ode to survival, we invite you to reflect on “hope” with us in a live recorded, marathon show-and-tell. Bring a recorded offering (a song, poem, or text) that reanimates the meaning of hope in your life, and tell us about it. We’ll weave the sounds and stories together into a collective sonic lecture.

Metro54 is a platform for young artists, thinkers, activists, writers and hustlers who push the boundaries of their (art) disciplines, with special attention to the talents who draw their inspiration from global and contemporary visual and sonic cultures. The space is a critical celebration, a funeral, a cypher of beings and through experiments, performances, conversations, workshops and dancing, a space for coming together, emergent and everyday strategies of being (together). Here, we hangout, see, talk, listen, ponder, perform, laugh, gossip, giggle, learn and make together.

“Slo Curating” – with Sadia Shirazi & Constantina Zavitsanos
15:00 - 17:00

A collective reading of “Slo Curating: Restitution, Archives, Access and Care” with the presence of the author, Sadia Shirazi and artist Constantina Zavitsanos.

"Slo curating is an entreaty to slow down. It is also an appeal to allow curators the time it takes to support their work which also gives artists the time they need to do theirs. Slo curating embraces alternate temporalities including ‘Colored People’s Time’ belatedness non-linear time and ‘crip time’.” — Sadia Shirazi

Sadia Shirazi is a writer, curator, and architect concerned with sociality, aesthetic experiments, and spatial histories. Shirazi's recent projects include a counter-archive of PSNY's 02020 project (2021-ongoing) and Rasheed Araeen, Zero to Infinity at the Tate Modern (2023).

Constantina Zavitsanos (New York, NY) works in sculpture, performance, text, and sound. Their work deals in the material re/production of debt, dependency, and other shared resources.

Tropical Tap Water Presents: Jamal Liance
Sunday 29.10.2023
16:00 - 18:00

Tropical Tap Water Presents: Jamal Liance sees the culmination of workshops between Tropical Tap Water and the five grey parrots (a.k.a. De Appel Curatorial Programme 2023) on harvesting and friendship. Departing off of methodologies — of documenting and distributing information resources, time, space and knowledge, harvesting through foamis (a flexible clay material), drawings and jamming through sound — informs not only the current practice of Tropical Tap Water but also bridges over into working with their amazing friends and artists Özgür Atlagan and Sungeun Lee, among whom they all collectively jam together in the eponymously titled, Jamming Group.

This moment of sharing, remembering and overlapping has manifested itself into the spirit of Jamal Liance (i.e. the alliance of jammings) ‘who’ arrives at Hope is a discipline as a friend, guest, host, organizer, facilitator, writer, listener, occasional education-programmer, emailer, mysterious figure and poster designer.

Jamal Liance (b. 2020). Pronouns they/them or all of them, is a collective subject which has always been there, making noise, but just last week they came to ask us to please name them as Jamal Liance. We thought they came to kiss us so we blushed, but no. We are aware that next month they could have another name and it is fine! Since we dont believe in stiff identities, we believe in articulations. One thing you have to know about Liance is that it is huge but fragile, as big and subtle as three continents that start with “A” and that finally caress their borders after centuries of hope. Liance lungs usually wear communal space makeup which attracts music and other contagious sounds shapes to happen. And you, yes You our dear short-bio reader, have to know this: We are writing this Liance's short-bio from a corner of their left lung. You are welcome to come here and breathe together. We wait for you and your friends while we drum some alveoli and play songs to make babies. Come!

(Remember De Appel Curatorial Programme 2023 curators@DAI?)