We invite you to join us for a symposium directed by Asad Raza and Prem Krishnamurthy, and presented by Washington Project for the Arts.

We are living through a moment marked by many forms of fragmentation, political division, and social isolation, exacerbated by the global pandemic. This symposium explores the question of gathering within this context.

“How can we gather now?” is also itself a gathering and will be a shared collective experience. It collects a rich variety of experiential modes, from conversations to cinema to shared food to a “drum circle” of synthetic techno rhythms. Raza and Krishnamurthy have offered this urgent question to artists, theorists, and organizers from all over the world, who in turn have used it as a prompt for artworks, conversations, performances, workshops, and gustatory experiences.

We welcome you to join in, break bread with us, and experience togetherness.

The symposium will take place at Eaton DC in downtown Washington, DC from Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2.

Participants

  • adrienne maree brown
  • Ambrose Nzams
  • Asad Raza
  • Ayana Zaire Cotton
  • Black Techno Matters
  • Centre for Land Affairs
  • Cynthia Connolly
  • Ed Halter
  • Emily Verla Bovino
  • Fabiola Ching
  • Farrah Skeiky
  • Hope Ginsburg
  • Imka
  • Jonathan Yu
  • Leigh Ledare
  • Lenka Clayton & Phillip Andrew Lewis
  • Mayah Lovell
  • Mēlani N. Douglass
  • Michael Carter
  • Mindy Seu
  • Mojdeh Rezaeipour
  • Naoco Wowsugi
  • Neta Bomani
  • Nzinga Tull
  • Philippe Parreno
  • Prem Krishnamurthy
  • Renée Green
  • Richard D. Bartlett & Natalia Lombardo
  • Rob Rubba
  • Sarah Morris
  • Shawna Murray-Browne
  • Shiraz Abdullahi Gallab
  • Smoke & Tea
  • Stefanie Hessler
  • Suzie Flores
  • Tara Aura
  • Tiffany Sia
  • Tony Cokes
  • Valerie Wiseman
  • William Reid
  • Yuma “Docta Yew” Bellomee

Learn more about the participants here
Learn more about the programs here

COVID PROTOCOLS

We ask that all guests take an antigen test before attending the symposium and to please stay home if they are sick. Masks are welcome and will be available.

For those unable to attend in-person, there will be opportunities throughout the weekend to tune in and participate virtually.

ABOUT THE VENUE

Eaton DC is located at 1201 K St NW in downtown Washington, DC.
Learn more about Eaton DC here

ABOUT WASHINGTON PROJECT FOR THE ARTS

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is a platform for collaborative and experimental artist-organized projects, dialogue, and advocacy. Artists curate and organize all of our programming—as an extension of their own intellectual research.

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March 31

Registration

Film Screenings

Welcome

Keynote: adrienne maree brown & Prem Krishnamurthy

“K is for Karaoke”
organized by Prem Krishnamurthy

April 1

Breakfast

Registration

Welcome

“Punk Solutions?”
with Cynthia Connolly, Ambrose Nzams, and Farrah Skeiky

“Conjuring for kitchens, dancefloors, and the cosmos”
organized by Mēlani N. Douglass

“Umami Taste Development Center in DC”
with Naoco Wowsugi, Rob Rubba, Suzie Flores, Yuma "Docta Yew" Bellomee, William Reid, and Tara Aura

“Apparitional Experiments – Even the Demons are Censored with The Centre for Land Affairs”
organized by Tiffany Sia

Lunch

“Film Screenings”
Hope Ginsburg: Land Dive Team: Bay of Fundy

Leigh Ledare: The Task

Lenka Clayton + Phillip Andrew Lewis: Five Hundred Twenty-Four

Mojdeh Rezaeipour: Formations of a Diasporic Body

Phillipe Parreno: The Crowd

Renée Green: Wavelinks: Activism + Sound

Sarah Morris: Sakura

“Apparitional Experiments – Mad Masters / Other Countdowns with Emily Verla Bovino”
organized by Tiffany Sia

“Memory Museum: A Tea Meditation”
organized by Mēlani N. Douglass

“Deep Listening: Horticultural Sound Bath by Very Sad Lab with Smoke & Tea + Imka”
organized by Naoco Wowsugi

Tony Cokes: Black Celebration

“Apparitional Experiments – Banner-making Workshop with Jonathan Yu”
organized by Tiffany Sia

“Apparitional Experiments — On Independent Spaces with Ed Halter”
organized by Tiffany Sia

Keynote: Stefanie Hessler

Tony Cokes: Black Celebration

“Future Drum Circle”
organized by Black Techno Matters

Film Screenings

“SEEDED, An affirmation practice”
organized by Mēlani N. Douglass

“To Document a Gathering”
organized by Mindy Seu

“Microsolidarity in Practice”
organized by Richard D. Barlett and Natalia Lombardo

April 2

Morning Gathering

“Slow Sip in the Salon”
organized by Mēlani N. Douglass

Lenka Clayton + Phillip Andrew Lewis: Five Hundred Twenty-Four

“The Making of Fertile Ground”
organized by Mēlani N. Douglass

“Microsolidarity in Practice”
organized by Richard D. Bartlett and Natalia Lombardo

Brunch

“To Document a Gathering Presentation”
organized by Mindy Seu

Closing

 

RESEARCH

For the past year and a half, we’ve met remotely to discuss the possibilities of gathering now. This is our depository of quotes, diagrams, memes, and images related to this research.

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