Eco-social practices with Pablo Martínez „A set of conditions“ and visiting professor Adelita Husni Bey

Pablo Martinez, Adelita Husni Bey

Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb

Workshop With Adelita Husni Bey, May 2023, Zagreb, Photo By Sanja Bistričić Srića
Workshop With Adelita Husni Bey, May 2023, Zagreb, Photo By Sanja Bistričić Srića

Seminar with Pablo Martinez started in online mode in April and  continued in physical encounter in May during the WHW Akademija Summer School. During the seminar, Pablo Martínez formed a chorus of voices with the participants of WHW Akademija Summer School to activate a kind of living, embodied archive of working conditions in art. Through writing, listening, storytelling and sound experimentation, they approached the forms of production in the field of contemporary art. This set of practices aimed to reveal some of the procedures of institutional mechanics and their violence against workers. Throughout the workshops, the participants experimented with the voices and sounds of violence and dispossession, but also embraced and imagined possible alternatives for imagining a more democratic, plural and vitally sustainable creative landscape. The participants were instructed to go into public space and record sounds and voices, contemplating on the conditions of cultural workers and their own personal experiences as young artists. The seminar was focused on the question of what art can do in relation to the eco-social crisis. One of the results of the workshops held by Pablo Martínez were four group sound recordings which were edited into short audio works presented on the last day of the seminar.

During WHW Akademija Summer School, visiting professor Adelita Husni Bey held a workshop titled Call and Response: critical theory and embodied pedagogy. Almost like a choir, this module was structured and centered around participants’ ‘Calls’, and what emerges from their individual practice that can be shared and gathered around. How will we collectively respond to each other’s ‘calls’? How will we listen deeply? The first session included an introduction to embodied pedagogy tools and methodologies, such as Image Theater, structured around the concerns that emerge within the group. In this process-based workshop, readings, screenings and feedback were offered between the participants which enriched and challenged each other’s ways of working. Adelita Husni-Bey discussed some mayor topics with the participants, offering readings on / of infrastructures (health, logistics, education, sovereign food systems), surplus labor and abolitionist politics, historical materialist, eco-feminist, psychoanalytic and decolonial analyses and interventions on life.

Pablo Martínez holds a PhD in art history, for which he carried out an investigation into the images of the crowds taken at the funeral of Spanish anarchist Buenaventura Durruti. He works with a postdoctoral contract at the Institute of History of CSIC, the Spanish National Research Council. Over the last decade, his institutional work has sought to challenge the limits of the museum in order to imagine an eco-social institutionality. He was Director of Programmes at MACBA (2016–2021), and prior to this he was Head of Education and Public Activities at CA2M (2009–2016). Between 2012 and 2015 he worked as an associate professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has edited books, curated performances, activated collective processes of creation, accompanied artists in residence and curated exhibitions. He has also negotiated with neighbours, protested against the extension of the MACBA building, moved chairs, placed bottles of water, made applications and danced until sunset. His current research and practice is oriented towards the ecological crisis and the role of art in the construction of a new hegemony that might enable a less violent and more just transition.

Adelita Husni Bey is an artist and pedagogue invested in anarcho-collectivism, theater, and critical legal studies. She organizes workshops and produces publications, broadcasts, and exhibition work using noncompetitive pedagogical models through the framework of contemporary art. Involving activists, architects, jurists, schoolchildren, spoken-word poets, actors, urbanists, physical therapists, students, and teachers, her work consists of making sites in which to practice collectively. She was part of the Italian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 with a video installation foregrounding anti-extractivist struggles and tarot reading as a pedagogical practice. She is a 2020–2022 Vera List Center Fellow with a project centered on the radical changes in social relations brought about by responses to past and current pandemics.

Timeline

WHW

ACTIVITY
TYPE
DATE
PARTICIPANTS
LOCATION
Exhibition
Marwa Arsanios, Željko Beljan, Marina Naprushkina, Rupali Patil, Dan Perjovschi, Selma Selman, Marko Tadić, Cecilia Vicuña
Croatian Association of Visual Artists (HDLU), Zagreb
Conference
Kohei Saito, Françoise Vergès, Roland Ngam, Karin Doolan, Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Paul Stubbs, Marwa Arsanios, Pablo Martinez, faridrakun (ruangrupa), Alexandra Köves
Zagreb trade fair, Youth Center Ribnjak, HDLU, Zagreb
Discussion
Marina Naprushkina
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Pablo Martinez, Adelita Husni Bey
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Marina Naprushkina
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Yael Davis
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Summer School
Pablo Martinez, Marina Naprushkina, Gleb Amankulov, Larissa Araz, Kemil Bekteši, Klara Burić, Katja Crevar, Aria Farajnezhad, Đejmi Hadrović, Hu Yun, Mari Kalabegashvili, Ivana Mirchevska, Jelisaveta Rapaić, Rita Süveges
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Zbyněk Baladrán
Online
Exhibition
Vlatka Horvat, Marina Naprushkina
Gallery Nova, Teslina 7, Zagreb

Rijks

ACTIVITY
TYPE
DATE
PARTICIPANTS
LOCATION
Residency
Mirte Hartland, Poetry Circle, Rijksakademie
Rijksakademie Open Studios
Residency
Reza Afisina (Arts Collaboratory guest resident), Rijksakademie
Rijksakademie Studio 39 (Reza Afisina)
Exhibition
Rijksakademie Open Studios
Exhibition
Taita Hernando Chindoy in collaboration with artists Milena Bonilla and Ana Cristina Rodriguez Muñoz
Rijksakademie
Workshop
Pablo Martinez, Jose Salas, Chad Cordeiro, Fransisca Angela, Hamo Salein, Elke Uitenthuis, Ramia Suleiman, Wes Mapes, Ratu Saraswati, Rijksakademie, Framer Framed
Framer Framed
Exhibition
Wouter van der Laan, Esther Meijer, We Sell Reality, Elke Uitentuis - Rijksakademie Social Practice Workshop
Framer Framed
Residency
Peng Zhang
Amsterdam
Residency
Arts Collaboratory members and Rijksakademie residents
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam
Workshop
Wouter van der Laan, Esther Meijer, We Sell Reality
Rijksakademie

NNM

ACTIVITY
TYPE
DATE
PARTICIPANTS
LOCATION
Workshop
Dušan Rodić
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Edoardo Micheli
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Josias Scharf
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Alungoo Xatan, Dior Thiam, etaïnn zwer, Frances Breden
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Residency
Rupali Patil
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Alina Dzeravianka and Sveta Husakova
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Lecture
Daniela Medina Poch, Raras Umaratih, Krishan Rajapakshe
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Lena Pozdnyakova and Eldar Tagi
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Mariam Agamian, Ju Bavyka, Masha Beketova, Timur V. and Galka Yarmanova
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Hubert Gromny, Kelly Krugman, Mokia Laisin, Lia Milanesio
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Lecture
Marta Sala, Batoul Sedawi, Krishan Rajapakshe
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Lahya Aukongo, Amora C.Bosco, Krishan Rajapakshe
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Improvisation Group / Maddi Fuente Ubani, Cristina Leoni-Osion, Biljiana Pais, Lena Pozdnyakova, Cristina Viegas
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Sofia Ocherednaya, Betül Torlak, Kasia Wojcik and Yasemin Altınay
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Exhibition
Zinzi Buchanan, Inky Lee, Daniela Medina Poch, and Meghna Singh
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Galina Yarmanova, Jahia La Sangoma, Marianna Szczygielska, Marianna Szczygielska, Sybille Neumeyer and Svitlana Shymko
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Biljana Pais
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Pubic Talk, Workshop
Alina Dzeravianka, Sveta Husakova
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Jelena Fužinato, Bojana Fužinato and Endi Tupja
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Cam-Anh Luong and Roland Sookias
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Edoardo Micheli
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Rupali Patil
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Greta Cazzola and Nicola
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Podcast
Florine Schüschke, Eleni Tsamadia, Alina Dzeravianka, Marina Naprushkina, Agnieszka Kilian, Rupali Patil, Galina Yarmanova, Marianna Szczygielska, Svitlana Shymko, Jahia La Sangoma, Sybille Neumeyer, Shane Monro, Biljana País, Sofia Ocherednaya, Betül Torlak, Kasia Wojcik, COVEN BERLIN, Marta Sala, Sveta Husakova, Cyrille Cartier, Saša Kralj, Lahya Aukongo, Amora C.Bosco, Mariam Agamian, Dorota Blaszczak, Cheong Kin Man, Marta Sala, Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Hubert Gromny, Kelly Krugman, Mokia Laisin, Lia Milanesio, Jelena Fužinato, Bojana Fužinato, Sveta Husakova
Berlin and online