June 7, 2019

Summer sessions: Silvia Federici, Chto Delat, Babi Badalov, Ecoversities

Free Home University (FHU)

[1] Babi Badalov, Refugees Will Come, 2015-2018. Textile objects and masks. [2] Chto Delat, The New Dead End #17..., 2017. Video stills and textile objects. [3] Aglaya Oleynikova, Some studies of Silvia Federici, 2019. Graphic series. Images courtesy the artists and K.O.W. Gallery, Berlin, Madrid; Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris; The Gallery Apart, Rome; and Free Home University.

Free Home University (FHU) is a pedagogical and artistic experiment started by a group of artists, thinkers, and educators, focusing on new ways to share and generate knowledge, by experiencing life in common. An open–ended, convivial research process at the intersection of aesthetics, pedagogies, and politics, FHU is a collective experience to support a critical understanding of our realities, through a wide range of tools, methodologies, and perspectives. 2019 marks the fifth year of Free Home University‘s activities. This season FHU intend to focus on regenerative practices, theories, movements, and experiences that enhance a sense of response-ability and collective power. These processes will amplify our capacities to be responsive and inventive, to affect and be affected, in a fierce commitment to defend emergent forms of life and the re-existence of multiple worlds. In times of escalating violence and socio-economic, political and environmental catastrophe, FHU strives to provide a pedagogy of the encounter, a space of unlearning from modernity, and to center on interconnectedness, by weaving among different constituencies, connecting radical art, radical thinking and radical forms of care, engaging in ecological and social justice struggles, supporting the resurgence of Indigenous people worldwide, building autonomous learning spaces in connection with grass-root initiatives.

Session 1: The Time is Now. A time for the bodies. A time for care and reproduction of life.
with Silvia Federici
June 10–16 at Art Lab Occupato, Borgo Rodolfo Tanzi, 26, 43125 Parma, Italy

Writer and feminist activist Silvia Federici together with The Feminist Research on Violence Platform, and women from different art fields, practices and backgrounds will gather to share experiences, feelings and processes resonating with Federici’s experience, praxis and theory. Living together in the Art Lab Social Center, the group will focus on the concept of reproduction of life and the connection of systemic violence with current forms of capital accumulation. Discussing possibilities to reorient our collective power and transform the forces that shape us, our bodies, and our lives, The Time is Now is a way to open potentials for new relationships, centering on radical care, reclaiming the commons, and unscripting the social order in our own bodies. It is an occasion to reinforce affects, and share capacities of resistance, creativity, action and vision.

Session 2: People of Flour, Salt and Water. Slow orientation in Zapatismo #2: Qualche Favola Italiana.
with Chto Delat
June 17–30 in Castiglione d'Otranto and Lecce, Apulia, Italy

Saint Petersburg based collective Chto Delat will continue their long-term militant and artistic research started in 2015 with A Slow Orientation in Zapatism, exploring the influence of Zapatista's politics and poetics, beyond the original context of their struggle in Chiapas, Mexico. A collective study of some early texts of Subcomandante Marcos with a group of refugees and asylum seekers, artists and activists will result into an investigation in the form of a learning-film. Through somatic, dance and vocal exercises, living together, and filmmaking, the group will resonate with aspects of Zapatismo, re-imagining a politics of the everyday, and forms of autonomy and solidarity to undo the neoliberal pervasiveness in every sphere of life.

Session 3: Refugees Welcome, Refugees Will Come.
with Babi Badalov
August 20–31, Casa delle Agriculture, Castiglione d'Otranto, Apulia, Italy

Artist Babi Badalov will lead a participatory workshop on mask-making and a collective mural painting with a mixed group of social workers, people in the refugee struggle, and youth from Casa delle Agriculture. Part of a long-term support to this collective of organic farmers, using storytelling, story-placing, and visual self-representation, the work aims to center those thriving against land enclosure, forms of displacement and exploitation. It also celebrates land defenders, the Indigenous resurgence worldwide, and those who fight for a more just, equal, and non-extractive relationship with both human and non-human species.

Session 4: Ecoversities European Regional Gathering
with Ecoversities Alliance
September 8–15, Fondazione Lac o Le Mon, San Cesario di Lecce, Apulia, Italy.

The Ecoversities Alliance is a trans-local community of transformative learning spaces from around the world, working together through international gatherings, learning exchanges, campaigns, workshops, journeys, film festivals, and publications. Committed to re-imagining forms of education that cultivate human and ecological flourishing, and to learn from/ within/ beyond diversity, the European Gathering will be an occasion to cross-pollinate and strengthen the relationships within this region, and plan more specific actions in response to the political scenario emerging in the European countries.

Free Home University is co-curated by Alessandra Pomarico with Nikolay Oleynikov, in collaboration with Ayreen Anastas; Rene Gabri; Lu Cafausu; Adrian Paci; Ultra-red; Fernando Garcia Dory & InLand; Luigi Coppola; Clare Dolan of Bread and Puppet Theater; WHW; Casa delle Agriculture; Amy Franceschini; Construct Lab; LaToya Manly-Spain of Schwabinggrad Ballett\Arrivati; Dani D’Emilia, among many others.

Free Home University is supported by Musagetes. The 2019 edition is also possible thanks to the “Extraordinary program 2018 for Cultural Initiatives” from Apulia Region.

Musagetes is a Canadian philanthropic foundation that promotes the arts and artistic creativity as tools for social transformation.

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