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Tuesday 28 April 2020
Institute of Contemporary Arts
August 2022


Artist Tsedaye Makonnen presents a six-week virtual project (2 May – 13 June) exploring the modes through which Black women encode, preserve and share memory through community. Organised around four themes – Space, Moving Image, Memory; Collective Memory; Pleasure Memory; and Mama Memory [& Care] – the programme features artists Alisha B. Wormsley, Li Harris, Autumn Knight and Jasmine Hearn. Ola Ronke, creator of The Free Black Women’s Library, contributes an annotated bibliography.
Nydia Swaby


I spent part of the weekend reading a selection of essays on e-flux compiled by Murat Adash on the subject of corporeality. Each essay functions as a provocation that can be used to reflect on the new choreographic constellations created by social distancing or, as Adash suggests, ‘future choreographies of solidarity’.
Sara Sassanelli

A good read addressing the collective moral work involved in thinking of ways out of our current situations. Ghazavi emphasises that if we enrich our political imaginations deeply enough, we will invest in the social and economic infrastructure needed to realise the idea that every person has equal moral worth. I am grateful to sociologist Akwugo Emejulu, programmer of ICA convening Fugitive Feminism, for sharing this article on her Twitter.
Rosalie Doubal


Watch Judith Butler in conversation with Simon Critchley on Butler’s recent book The Force of Nonviolence: The Ethical in the Political. I’ve just about finished reading it, and am learning from some of its ideas how to better understand what social and political equality could look like both during and after the pandemic.
Steven Cairns

Hélène Châtelain was a film director, a translator and an actress starring in, among other films, Chris Marker's La jetée (1962). I recently discovered Nestor Makhno, Peasant from Ukraine. Nestor Makhno, a revolutionary and a peasant, was at the forefront of the libertarian movement in Ukraine (1917 – 1921) and succeeded in redistributing land from the major land-owners to peasants and workers. After the Soviets abandoned Ukraine in 1918, the Makhnovist movement took up arms to defend this libertarian society.
Nico Marzano


WHOLE Festival started last year as a three-day independent, international queer open-air festival; an effort of intersectional solidarity organised by some of Berlin’s most progressive queer clubs, parties, collectives, activists and their friends from around the world. The festival takes place beside a rural lake next to the defunct industrial complex of a former strip-mining operation in the German state of Saxony Anhalt. As this year’s festival had to be cancelled, many grassroots organisations that had already spent endless hours and unrecoverable costs find themselves now stranded. WHOLE Festival is keeping the dream of radical queer difference alive; please consider supporting it – in the years to come we will need it more than ever.
Stefan Kalmár

Track of the Day

Must I evolve?
Yes, yes, yes, yes
Must I change?
Yes, yes, yes, yes
Must I develop?
Yes, yes, yes, yes
Can I stay the same?
No, no, no, no

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