0406/10/2019
assembly

Everyday Forms of Resistance

  • 04/10 (Friday)
  • 17:0018:15
    • Permanent Temporariness & Looking for a Host
      • Sandi Hilal, DAAR
      • Venue: Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Workspace
        • Permanent Temporariness is a condition forcing people to live as eternal guests. The condition no longer applies only to refugees; as a growing population finds itself living somewhere other than its place of birth. The sense of alienation and non-belonging, job precarity, and the lack of access to public services, all permeate vast sectors of contemporary societies. All of which results in a form of inhabitation where everything becomes temporary, and where political action and social engagement are postponed.

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  • 18:1519:15

    • On Stones in Conflict
      • Wim Catrysse, Karolina Grzywnowicz, Sandi Hilal
      • Discussion moderated by Anna Ptak
      • Venue: Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Workspace
        • We commence our discussion by considering contemporary attempts to describe the realities of military, economic or political conflict, through the materiality of the affected territory. Do the perspectives of activism, art and politics intersect in this terrain? Can a geological footprint, traces of architecture or soil replace the concepts of conficting parties, violence, or salvation?

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  • 21:3000:00

    • شعب بلا شعر ، شعب مهزوم

    • A People with No Poetry Is a Defeated People

      • DJ set Timo Tuhkanen
      • Venue: Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Laboratory building, Auditorium Hall
        • Tuhkanen presents a musical performance meant for relaxation and dancing while simultaneously showcasing the diverse musical and sonic practices of Palestine. He combines field recordings made during his residency, music from an MP3 found in Bethlehem, and samples from diverse Palestinian sources. These range from techno to contemporary classical music, improvisation, rap, trap, soothing piano music, communist marching bands and protest songs, alongside minimal techno made using analogue synthesizers and drum-machines. A list of all the music used in the performance will be available after the event.

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  • 05/10 (Saturday)
  • 14:0015:30
    • [Peasant Resistance, Communal Land, and Settlement then and now]
      • Salim Tamari, Institute for Palestine Studies
      • Venue: Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Laboratory building, Barrel-Vault Room
        • We return to a crucial period of land privatization, the penetration of Palestine by European settlers and European capital. The trial and imprisonment of peasant perpetrators occurred during the transition of rural land in Palestine from communal ownership to land privatization and the formation of large landed estates. The Abu Shusheh case was the beginning of a series of confrontations between peasants and settlers, which reached its zenith in the rural rebellion of 193639. However, the confrontation between Palestinian farmers and settlers continues until today.

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  • 16:0017:30
    • Forms of Resistance in Collectivity and Arts
      • Jaśmina Wójcik, Jumana Emil Abboud, Mohammad Saleh
      • Discussion moderated by Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek
      • Venue: Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Laboratory building, Barrel-Vault Room
        • Whoever passes Qualandia checkpoint on the way from Jerusalem to Ramallah will notice a huge graffiti slogan painted on the walls of the Israeli separation barier: ‘To exist is to resist. This understanding of resistance as everyday forms of survival despite the violence of Israeli settler-colonial oppression, has been the soundtrack to the Palestinian pursuit for a dignified life while under occupation. Palestinians often use the phrase sumud to refer to the diverse practices of resilience and steadfastness. Lula Abu-Lughod, a Palestinian-American academic, has famously warned against romanticizing the grand, often masculine, notions of resistance, encouraging us to look instead at bottom-up forms of struggle and defiance that make up everyday life. Together with the panelists, we explore how artistic and collective initiatives in Palestine respond to and reshape multi-modal and multi-dimensional forms of resistance. 

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  • 18:0019:30
    • Strategies for the Operation of Cultural Institutions in a Situation of Deficiency: What is the Potential of Culture Institutions Nowadays?
      • Jarosław Lubiak, Ujazdowski
      • Juha Huuskonen, HIAP
      • Khaldun Bshara, RIWAQ
      • Salim Tamari, Institute for Palestine Studies
      • Sally Abu Baker, Ramallah Municipality
      • Discussion moderated by Bogna Świątkowska, Bęc Zmiana Foundation
      • Venue: Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Laboratory building, Barrel-Vault Room
        • Institutions that function within social life play a stabilizing role. In situations of imbalance and excess uncertainty, they become particularly crucial. The role of cultural institutions adapts in response to the tensions of its surrounding environment. However, during times of turbulence the potential of formal entities, equipped with headquarters, employees, and budgets is paradoxically not greater than the strength of informal, ephemeral actions, which are often the strategies adopted by artists. How do cultural institutions cope with the challenges posed by political, ideological and religious social tensions? What is their real, not imagined, place in social life? Do they keep up with the dynamics of the world they want to talk about, change, or co-create?

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  • 20:0022:00
    • Fermentation Station: the Table
      • Performance by Mirna Bamieh, Palestine Hosting Society
      • Registration was required. Registration is now closed
      • Venue: Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Workspace
        • Fermentation station is a kitchen space and pantry, where the Palestine Hosting Society explores the heritage and traditions fermentation. Throughout the duration of the residency in 2019 and exhibition in 2020, the constructed kitchen space at the Ujazdowskis Workspace is turned into a laboratory of fermenting recipes. These lend a hand and an ear to reflections that expand from the jar to notions of death, rebirth, fear, relationships, community and ecosystems that work with time to create transformation.  During the assembly the Palestine Hosting Society will gather you around a table for a performative dinner that will reflect on the first phase of Palestine Hosting Societys multi-species exploration journey. 

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  • 06/10 (Sunday)
  • 16:0017:30
    • Urbanity and Biotope. Understanding the Logic Behind Division of the Space in Palestine and Its Influence on Society
      • Khaldun Bshara, RIWAQ
      • Venue: Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Workspace
        • Since its establishment in 1991, RIWAQ has been preoccupied with restoring not only the historic buildings and spaces in Palestine, but also the practices they once contained. In rendering these spatial practices and longing explicit, restorers make possible the transformation of architectural heritage into symbol. As an explicitly formatted aesthetic form, the symbol becomes available for political action. Spatial practices in colonial context are, therefore, dialogic practices that are not explicit representations, but creative engagement with the political.

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  • 17:4519:15
    • Urbanity and Biotope from the Artists Perspective 
      • Ahmad Alaqra, Joanna Rajkowska, Wisam Sharabati
      • Discussion moderated by Simone de Iacobis, Centrala Task Force
      • Venue: Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Workspace
        • Despite sharing the city with other beings, we forget that we are not its sole inhabitants. We coexist with plants, insects, mammals and fish in a mutable environment that shifts with natural forces and the climate. The Biotope considers relational interactions in a concept that is more complex and inclusive than the perspectives of urbanity. With the notion of re-wilding in mind, we discuss the structural tension between ecology, city-scapes and capitalism in relation to contemporary art. 

Assembly in English with Polish translation.
Free admission to all events, except performance Fermentation Station by Mirna Bamieh. Registration was required and is now closed.

0406/10/2019
Event connected with:
Everyday Forms of Resistance
The residencies are financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, the City of Warsaw and the City of Ramallah
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