(Un)Commoning Voices & (Non)Communal Bodies

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Noam Enbar and The Great Gehenna Choir at the Tel-Aviv Museum, 2017, photo:Itamar Memdes Flohr
Mikhail Karikis, No Ordinary Protest (2018).
Zbyněk Baladrán, To Be Framed (2016).
Rory Pilgrim – Software Garden (2018)
Tali Keren, The Great Seal (2017).
Image: Nina Wakeford, still from ‘an apprenticeship in queer I believe it was’, 2016
Željka Blakšić, WHISPER - TALK - SING – SCREAM (2013).
Public Movement Tel Aviv, 2018 Photographer: Ascaf Avraham
Jack Tan - Hearings (2016)

(Un)Commoning Voices & (Non)Communal Bodies


Open Hand Open Space, St.Laurence Church, Greenham Common Control Tower and the University of Reading, 23 April -2 June 2019

(Un)Commoning Voices & (Non)Communal Bodies is a series of workshops, performances, and an exhibition, interrogating the relationship between artistic practices and protest movements via the performative scores of collective bodies and voices.  The interdisciplinary program was inspired by the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp which was active from 1981 to 2000. It was established by women to protest nuclear weapons being sited near Reading at RAF Greenham Common.

Building on the conversations around creative commoning and performative knowledge production, we aim to provide spaces for negotiating the differences between the ‘common(s)’ – the general interrelatedness of human realities, the ‘(un)common(s)’ – generative destructive dynamics – and the ‘(under)common(s)’ – the less socially visible aspects of organization and interaction.

We ask; what do hegemonic scores look like, and what would alternative or activist scores sound like? Can voices and bodies undermine fear and invite empathy? Can the repetition of darkness create light?  How do we, as individual subjects, participate in these collective acts, or refuse them?

Participating artists, speakers, and writers:

Zbyněk Baladrán, Željka Blakšić, Susan Gibb, Marco Godoy, Chto Delat/Dmitry Vilensky, Noam Inbar and Nir Shauloff, Jamila Johnson-Small/Last Yearz Interesting Negro and Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome, Mikhail Karikis, Tali Keren, André Lepecki, Florian Malzacher, Public Movement, Michal Oppenheim, Rory Pilgrim, Yvonne Rainer, Edgar Schmitz, Jack Tan, Nina Wakeford, Catherine Wood, Sara Wookey and Katarina Zdjelar.

Curated by Maayan Sheleff and Sarah Spies.

In partnership with OHOS and Greenham Common Control Tower.

In collaboration with the PhD in Practice in Curating, a cooperation of the Reading School of Art at the University of Reading with the Postgraduate Programme in Curating at the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts, ZHdK.

The first part of the programme took place at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and Tanzhaus-Zürich on 2-3 November 2018.

A catalogue will be published in summer 2019 with OnCurating.

Supported by Artis Grant Programme and Reading Buses.

 

 

 

WORKSHOP

The Book of Challenges – led by Noam Enbar and Nir Shauloff
A shamanistic rock star and an infamous theatre creator meet to challenge you to use your voice. Join Noam Enbar and Nir Schauloff to create a new performance for Reading.

23 April 2pm-6pm | 24 April 2pm-6pm
St Laurence Church, Friar Street, Reading, RG1 1DA
To participate, sign up for free at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-book-of-challenges-workshop-with-artists-noam-enbar-and-nir-shauloff-tickets-58141924060

WORKSHOP

ChorUs – Voice lab for women led by artist Michal Oppenheim
24 April 6pm-10pm | 25 April 2pm-10pm | 26 April 2pm-6pm
St Laurence Church, Friar Street, Reading, RG1 1DA
Sign up for free at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chorus-voice-lab-for-women-with-artist-michal-oppenheim-tickets-58141027378

PERFORMANCE

Emergency Routine – led by Public Movement
26-27 April | Edith Morley
To book a free ticket for a one on one performance , email Steph Mitchell steph@readinginternational.orgor call +44 (0)118 378 8050

PERFORMANCE

An Apprenticeship In Queer I Believe It Was – by Nina Wakeford
27 April | 7pm-9pm
Greenham Common Control Tower, Burys Bank Road, Newbury, RG19 8BZ
Book a free ticket at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-bus-service-to-greenham-common-control-tower-to-attend-performance-by-nina-wakeford-tickets-59758488247

 

EXHIBITION

(Un)Commoning Voices & (Non)Communal Bodies

26 April-2 June | Thursdays to Saturdays 3pm-6pm
Opening Friday 26 April, 6 pm
OpenHand OpenSpace, Oxford Road, Reading, RG30 1HL