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Summer Sessions: Assembly

Jul 7, 2019 – Jul 14, 2019

Assembly refers to the ways in which we organize, socially or politically, around resources and to accomplish goals. We will address histories of art and activism and the ways in which cultural producers have engaged with politics. And we will consider how we might assemble minds and bodies, working across and through difference(s) toward common good(s).

What forms of assembly are most effective in creating commons, today? What could we learn by thinking about assembly in relation to common wealth and common debts? How are these issues being explored by artists, designers, activists, and local organizations.

Facilitator: Rebecca Keel

Session contributors include Gregory Sholette (Queens College, New York), Chaz Antoine (6Pic + VCU, Richmond), and Ice Cream Social.

Wednesday, July 10 // Social Session, 6–8 pm

Open to the Public
For this week’s Social Sessions, the ICA’s Gallery 1 will be turned over to Ice Cream Social, a Richmond-based DIY dance collective centered around giving a space to queer and trans people of color. Hosted by Chaz Antoine, the evening will be a celebration of black joy through movement, music, and bodies in the space. Cash bar. All ages. Runs until 9 pm.

Saturday, July 13 // Program Session

Open to the Public
Program Sessions invite us to go deeper into each week’s topic through a mix of discussion and experience, and to reflect together about what to carry forward.

1:00–1:15 pm | Welcome:
Rebecca Keel and Dominic Willsdon

1:15–2:15 pm | Talk
Artist, activist, and writer Gregory Sholette considers recent intersections of art, activism, and assembly, drawing on writings collected in his 2017 book Delirium and Resistance. Sholette is a Professor at Queens College, CUNY, where he co-runs Social Practice Queens with artist Chloë Bass.

2:30-3:30 | Workshops
In small groups, led by Rebecca Keel and other local activists, we will consider different methods for organizing social change.

3:45–4:15 pm | Reflection
What should we carry forward from this Session? We will reflect, discuss, and take notes on the gallery walls.

4:30–5:30 pm | WRIR “Local Voices Live”
Reflecting on “assembly” with leaders of this week’s Session. Moderated by Chelsea Higgs Wise, host of WRIR’s “Race Capitol.”

Ongoing video screening: Jonas Staal, New World Summit – Brussels, Video (2014)

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Summer Sessions: Commonwealth

Jun 15, 2019 – Aug 18, 2019

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Summer Sessions: Introduction

Saturday, Jun 15

1:00 PM–5:00 PM

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Summer Sessions: Natural Resources

Jun 18, 2019 – Jun 23, 2019

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Summer Sessions: Built Environment

Jun 25, 2019 – Jun 30, 2019

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Summer Sessions: Dependence / Independence

Jul 1, 2019 – Jul 7, 2019

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Summer Sessions: Assembly

Jul 7, 2019 – Jul 14, 2019

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Summer Sessions: Public Domain

Jul 16, 2019 – Jul 21, 2019

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Summer Sessions: Reflections

Jul 22, 2019 – Aug 11, 2019

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Summer Sessions: Closing

Aug 13, 2019 – Aug 18, 2019