2021, Thu, Sep 02

#Transmitting: Workshops

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

Thursday, September 2

8am–4pm EEST (Rafah)
Various locations in Rafah
Workshop, free of charge, with registration
“Mujaawarah” as Liberatory Education
With Maree Bashir

“Mujaawarah” means the state or act of being a neighbor to another person. In response to the dire political and educational conditions in Gaza, self-directed community learning groups have formed within families, groups of neighbors, friends, partners and colleagues. These “mujaawaraat” (singular “mujaawarah”) come together spontaneously and autonomously and without direction by external structures. At once both home and school, they offer a space for lifelong learning. Participants in a mujaawarah choose to live, work and relate to one another in a spatial and temporal environment that centers dialogue, social contact, learning and mutual solidarity.
In this workshop, participants will experiment with the concept of a mujaawaraat as a liberatory structural action, a refuge and a model for autonomous community learning. Together with contributors who launched their own social or cultural initiatives based on the experience or draw upon it as a source of hope, they will create their own mujaawarah, engage within the local community, cook together and consider the potential of this act for building social connections and opening up new horizons.

4–7pm EEST (Rafah)
28 magazine gallery, Rafah
Workshop, free of charge, with registration
Open Language
With Mohammed Alzaqzouq and Raed Eshneoura

Does the open world lead to an open language? What is the extent of the linguistic response to the surrounding environment? Which aspects are responsible for the formation of the individual’s relationship with language? This workshop discusses poetic models that emerged from the experiences of isolation of young writers in Gaza. Unlike previous generations of writers who aimed to express the collective Palestinian concern, rather than an individual one, young writers today write without relying on these literary traditions. When they started writing, they had to choose between either starting a new area, a new language that could stem from their own experiences or to become echoes of the previous language. In an attempt to explore the question of this new possible language, participants will examine the link between linguistic traditions and the context of language use, literary genres that might transcend a given form to liberate the meaning as well as the idea of an open language. How is it possible to find a new language that resonates with your own experiences?

6.30–9pm CEST (Berlin) / 7.30–10pm EEST (Rafah)
Workshop at HKW and online, free of charge, with registration
Trans-Missing: A Trip to Jerusalem
With Nahed Mansour and Maiada Aboud

Millions of Arabic speaking people yearn for visiting Jerusalem, in particular young people of Gaza. It is a paradoxical idea given how near they are to the city but they still can't reach it. This workshop provides a virtual platform in order to imagine possibilities to cross over political and geographical barriers by actively exchanging visions, destroying walls and reflecting on personal and collective memories. Participants are invited to share a text, clip, video recording, photos or a poem reflecting on either personal stories or fictional ways to cross over to Jerusalem. A fictional map will be created from gathered material guiding the participants through the individual pathways of the citizens of Gaza. Could virtual reality and fiction be used as alternative means in order to help enhancing the act of transmission between and beyond the Palestinian territories and therefore be a tool of resistance-persistence against the present political barriers?
In order to further discuss different modes of transmitting longing and possibilities, performance artist and researcher Maiada Aboud will introduce the participants to Palestinian feminist artists like Rana Bishara, Larissa Sansour, Raeda Saadeh and others who use their work to reflect on imaginary spaces referring to political identity and belonging.

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