Time: Thursday November 9, 19.30 – 21.30 hrs
Location: Willem de Kooning Academy, Wijnhaven 61 Rotterdam. Large project space, 4th floor.
The Master Education in Arts cordially invites you for a lecture by Elizabeth Graham and Amal Khalaf.
You are already in it
Through a series of collective exercises and readings, we will discuss listening as a pedagogical space for collectivity, reciprocity and care. Sharing research developed from The Centre for Possible Studies and our current Serpentine Projects we will reflect on practices of listening, mapping, archiving and collective action. How do we move beyond the subject/object dynamic of social practice? Fred Moten says that ‘you are already in it’, you are already in the thing that you call for and that calls for you. What does it mean to work in socio-political context and how can community practice within arts institutions be a practice of solidarity?
* For the participants: Please bring a sound to share that responds to the question: what is the sound of solidarity? Recordings should last between 1 – 2 minutes.
Elizabeth Graham studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, graduating in 2009. She is a curator and educator based between London and Amsterdam. She is currently Assistant Projects Curator at the Serpentine Galleries, connecting artists, communities, self-organised groups and campaigns through long term residency programmes in the city. Alongside her role at Serpentine, Elizabeth also curates a range of public art commissions for UP Projects, including Constellations a working group at Flat Time House that supports artists to develop their practice by exploring socio-political contexts as the site for artistic practice. Prior to this, Elizabeth has worked at a variety of arts organisations including; Arnolfini (Exhibitions; John Akomfrah, Moving Targets), Tate Britain and Modern (Learning/ Artist-in-Residence Programme) and as an education researcher for the South London Gallery (ongoing). Since 2014, Elizabeth has been a tutor of Self-Directed Research on the Master Education in Arts, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, and co-organises How To Show Up? an ongoing writing and performance series at Sans Serrife, Amsterdam.
Amal Khalaf is an artist, researcher and currently Projects Curator at the Serpentine Galleries, working on the Edgware Road Project since its inception in 2009. In addition she is the Commissioning Editor of Projects for Ibraaz, and a founding member of artist collective GCC. Previously she has worked at Gasworks, London and the Townhouse gallery, Cairo as well as co-directing the 10th edition of the Global Art Forum, Art Dubai in 2016. Amal’s work has been presented at the University of Pennsylvania; Goldsmiths College, London; MoMA PS1, NY; New Museum, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Musee D’Art Moderne, Paris; The Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah; Serralves, Porto; amongst others in educational and cultural contexts.
Image caption: Sketch by artist Nicolas Vass as part of ‘Language, Resistance, Theatre’ project.