(Un)Commoning Voices & (Non)Communal Bodies

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Image: Noam Enbar and Nir Shauloff
view from Greenham Common Control Tower, 2018
Greenham Common Peace Camp 1983

(Un)Commoning Voices & (Non)Communal Bodies


Open Hand Open Space, St.Laurence Church, Greenham Common Control Tower and other locations, 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, Zeljka Blaksic, 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, Rori 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.