Reparative Archeology Session
Two-day workshop with Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Natalia Acevedo-Ferreira, edna bonhomme, COVEN and Yvette Mutumba organized by RAT (=Reparative Archeology Team Anna Bromley, Elke Bippus, Elke Gaugele and Elke Krasny).
Session description
Based on queer political and decolonial approaches, the session conceives artistic research as critical research unfolding in and with collective processes. Participation, recording and publication formats will be examined as part of collective artistic research. Points of departure are Saidiya Hartmans` tool of 'critical fabulation' and Eve Kosofski Sedgwicks proposal of 'reparative readings'. We will provide texts by both authors before the session.
Both days will be supported recordings of all participants, such Radical Note Takings, and live drawings of Natalia Acevedo-Ferreira. We intend to issue a small publication from the findings, radical note takings and drawings of the session.
Location and cooperation partners
Workshop location: diffrakt | zentrum für theoretische peripherie e.V., Crellestr. 22, 10827 Berlin. The space is barrier-free accessible.

Presentation (Sat, 5 pm.): Volksbühne Berlin, Grüner Salon, Linienstraße 227, D-10178 Berlin, U2 Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, S-Bahn Alexanderplatz. To claim assistance to enter the Grüner Salon, please call +49 (0)30 240 65 777.

The session is part of the symposion Research Machine – Artistic Research and Aesthetic Thinking, 19.-21. September 2019, Volksbühne Berlin – a joint symposion of the Society for Artistic Research in Germany (Gesellschaft für künstlerische Forschung in Deutschland) and the German Society of Aesthetics (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ästhetik). The symposion is organized by Kathrin Busch and Dieter Mersch.
DAY ONE: Screening and workshop with Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro and Yvette Mutumba.
Short description from Yvette Mutumba:
Cultural institutions in Germany are increasingly trying to produce projects which are committed to artistic positions beyond Euro-America and which don’t shy away from working around notions such as (post)colonialism, decolonization, migration, Eurocentrism, global art etc. While this is on the one hand positive, it is on the other hand also important to unpack how these notions are being used and implemented. Are we really moving beyond hierarchal subjectivities and power dynamics? What could be the methodologies and projects that reflect on and push beyond these entangled complexities? During the workshop Yvette will firstly speak about her practice as an art historian, curator, editor dedicated to strengthen the visibility of and discourse around contemporary art from Africa and the Global Diaspora. By presenting a selection of her most recent projects she will discuss her approach of using methodologies which try to navigate complex historic and current artistic debates as well as to create counter-narratives in an accessible way. In the second part of the workshop Yvette invites the workshop attendees to discuss the above questions by not only looking at her practice, but also by discussing the ideas, thoughts and projects of the participants.
DAY TWO: Collective cooking and collaborative reading with edna bonhomme and COVEN BERLIN
We will come together and cook an unnamed and labor-intensive meal as a way of engaging in the intersection of care practices and the lineages that are present in the room. As we cook, we will read to each other out loud, ask questions, and be quiet. The excerpts draw from an assortment of texts on herbal remedies, unwritten histories both post colonial and queer, sick time, homonationalism, and speculation on how to engage with personal relationships to the lineages of enslaved people.
The format will be loose and the timing luxurious, incorporating the idea of ‘sick time’ as a way to resist goal-oriented workshop structures, aiming to facilitate a creative space of comfort and curiosity inside the kitchen, inside hunger, inside thirst, inside critical practices of care, inside the open mouth.
In the context in which racialized minorities, queer bodies, and indigenous groups are under attack by far right leaders and groups, it is important to develop spaces and communities that provide the care, comfort, and healing spaces for collective justice. Collective and performative cooking with stories from our past and our dynamic can help us move through the ongoing traumas that we experience. We are coming together to learn and unlearn, to listen, to dream, and to think about futures where queer and other marginalized lives can thrive.
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Thank you for registering here for the Reparative Archeologies Session on Friday 20th and Saturday 21rst September, 10-13h. The locations will be announced in a next email. Please allow us a few days to answer your registration. Please note: A registration is only possible, if you are able to attend both days!
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