Amsterdam Assembly

From 7-9th October 2021, Framer Framed hosted the Amsterdam Assembly: Letting go of Having to Speak All the Time, a gathering and thinking space for activists, artists, scholars, and other cultural practitioners to discuss various topics around decolonisation, pedagogy, racism, and the politics of archiving.

Amsterdam Assembly: Letting Go of Having to Speak All the Time

From 7-9th October, Framer Framed hosted the Amsterdam Assembly: Letting go of Having to Speak All the Time, a gathering and thinking space for activists, artists, scholars, and other cultural practitioners to discuss various topics around decolonisation, pedagogy, racism, and the politics of archiving.

How can we talk to each other to pass down intergenerational memories? How can we not repeat violent patterns in our ecosystems? Let us practice intellectual humility. Let us step aside, let us stop taking centre stage. Let us talk to each other and practice listening. We will sit and think together. We will write in commons, and pass on certain knowledge and wisdom. How do we start listening?

The Assembly employed an ‘ethics of listening’ as a useful mode to create a space for thinking together and establish conditions for interconnectedness between different locales. While this Assembly took place in the Netherlands, we wanted it to be a site of reflection where activists, artists, and cultural practitioners in the Netherlands think about their struggles and positionalities in relation to the pressing matters in different contexts. The Assembly was preceded by the production of Connecting Oceans, a podcast for translocal conversation between artists, activists, and scholars.

PEDAGOGY: Decolonizing Education

October 7, 10:00-17:10 CET

10:00-10:30 | Welcome, orientation, and introduction
Wayne Modest, Chiara de Cesari, Carine Zaayman, Nuraini Juliastuti

10:30-11:30 | Performative lecture: Spatial politics, policies, and new possibilities for dialogues
Ola Hassanain

11:30-12:30 | Practicing an International Art Student Network in the Netherlands
@No.More.Later // Gizem Üstüner (she/her) and M.C. Julie Yu (she/they)

13:30-15:30 | Lecture and book making workshop: Publishing as social movement
Lúcia Rosa (Dulcinéia Catadora collective)

15:40-17:10 | Lecture: Embodiment, Performance, Decolonisation, and Listening Practices
Deborah Thomas/Practicing Refusal Collective -The Sojourner Project

 

LISTENING: Building together many voices

October 8, 11:00-21:00 CET | at FRAMER FRAMED

11:00-12:00 | Performative Lecture: A decade of Zwarte Piet is racisme and Carnival
Quinsy Gario

12:00-13:00 | Mixtape on Radical Institutionalism
IMAGINART (Yazan Khalili, Eszter Szakacs, Aria Spinelli, Chiara de Cesari, Abdulkerim Pusat, Nuraini Juliastuti, Carine Zaayman)

13:00-14:00 | LUNCH: Launch of Reasoning podcast series, Connecting Oceans, playing pilot
*Click HERE to read the transcription of the podcast!

14:00-15:30 | Storytelling
Homing (Frigiti Tori: vergeten verhalen van de gedeelde geschiedenis tussen Nederland en Suriname), The PAO Embassy ASKV: Stories Where We Are From (Nneka Mora from Nigeria and Amir Mohammadi from Iran, Godfrey Lado), Stories from Kap Na’m To Fena (Lakoat.Kujawas, Mollo)

16:00-17:00 | Reflection session with Hodan Warsame

BUILDING THE TOOLKIT, OR LEARNING THE HABITS FOR LIBERATION

October 9, 11:00-16:00 CET | ONLINE via ZOOM

11:00-12:00 | Building Community for Liberation
Tracian Meikle

13:00-16:00 | Writing in Commons: Decolonial Companion Book
Assembly attendees and WPC Team – lead by Quinsy Gario and Maya Rae Oppenheimer

 

For further information about the Amsterdam Assembly, visit its page on the Framer Framed website