Imagining Radical Communitites of Care by Picket Realists.
The workshop has been developed from the recent event at the Anti University Now festival. Building upon this experience the structure consists of three loose practical exercises to create sharing circles, facilitating trust and imaginative conversation.
- Sharing stories through meaningful (or meaningless) objects
- Mapping/drawing our own personal geographies of care,
- Group sharing, and opening up those points of care to find links with other communities of care and the role of institutions in shaping these experiences.
Details: 2pm - 3.30pm Saturday 18th August, part of Fountayne Road Open Warehouse Day
FREE WORKSHOP email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your space. Spaces are limited!
Care is a fundamental practice in human life. Though it comes in many distinct modalities, care is at the base of all forms of social reproduction, traversing both public and private spheres. Whilst performed as intimacies its dominant forms are inspired by, and inseparable from institutional structures and hegemonic discourse.
The fervent financialization of the public and the private life in the context of austerity, renders state-provided care marginal in all sectors. Through exploring embodied modes of care we hope to map the different ways in which individuals and communities give and receive care, and how these are made (in)visible. We want to create a collaborative praxis of the ways in which care is enacted by participants with radically diverse experiences. We will travel through each others spaces, learning how to rearticulate care as a radical political demand.
Through our own individual understanding of care, and extending this to wider geographies, we look to the forces that determine how we locate care in our daily experiences. We will then use these reflections to discuss how we can conceptualise what a radical community of care could look like. By comparing our maps we can learn from practices of care performed in different political contexts and spaces.
Who are Picket Realists?
Picket Realists are a group of students who came together during the UCU strikes. By working together by using shared resources, they formed under the desire to create radical spaces of experiment, where the parameters of potential are set by those who participate.