Broadcasting From Babylon
is a DAS Theatre “block”
organized by Amal Alhaag and Maria Guggenbichler
as public program series.
Broadcasting From Babylon is a public program series that focuses on intersectional feminist, queer, and anti-colonial embodied, listening and sounding practices which are broadcasting from Babylon, Fort EU.
Running from mid January until mid March 2019, the program consists of (informal) public learning situations such as workshops, walks, seminars, bike rides, boat rides, reading groups, decolonial consciousness raising groups, dance moves, parties. The gatherings take place mostly at independent initiatives, across the city of Amsterdam.
The program digs up, confronts, works through, and sits with the local Amsterdam, the Dutch, and the European imperial and colonial histories. How do these violent histories inescapably shape societies, social relations and our local contexts in the present day? How and when do we experience these histories materially, haptically, ghostly? In what ways do these histories affect us in our everyday realities, practices and communities? What does it mean to live in the afterlife of these histories? What are ways to share with each other and narrate our affected lives?
Broadcasting From Babylon attunes itself to counter movements, side steppers, signal tricksters, code switchers, dance moves, body politics, decolonial, anti-racist, feminist and queer of color poetics and politics. All these movements and motives have provided alternative forms of being in the world and being together. Across and beyond the segregations of race, gender and class; across and beyond spatial exclusion (think city planning or think the nation state); across and beyond the divide between the private, the personal, the public and the political.
The program owes everything to alternative models of inter-generational, collective, communal, relational and entangled, caring and care-ful cultural-political practices. Central to the program is to understand and grow, humbly, and cultivate what political theorist Danielle Allen calls ‘bridging skills:’ the ability and art to not bond over sameness but bridge differences.
It offers space for collective self-education – together and in public. It is a learning process that in public and together works through stuff, confronts, refuses and sabotages. But also works with, works alongside, works together, broadcasts and bridges, bridges and broadcasts differences. As a public learning framework it proposes engagement as a form of resistance.
The program invites participants, listener-speakers and speaker-listeners, to carve out together different forms of being invested, part taking, contributing, listening, witnessing, engagement and belonging. Here, broadcasting means listening-speaking from and to affinity, proximity, neighboring and co-habitation.
Broadcasting From Babylon is a DAS Theatre “block”
organized by Amal Alhaag and Maria Guggenbichler
as public program series.
DAS Theatre is a master’s environment for research and development, open to international and Dutch practitioners involved in the wider field of the performing arts as artists or curators. A “block” is an eight week period – it is a collective, intense program, designed by invited guests, who curate a joint exploration of a certain theme, motif or curiosity.
Broadcasting From Babylon is broadcasting from Babylon, Fort EU, with:
Janis Balodis, Maria Kozlowska, Malgorzata Wdowik, Felizitas Stilleke, Jonathan Grima, Nahuel Cano, Matar Pershitz, Merel Smitt, Akram Lateef, Hodan Warsame, Ayesha Ghanchi, Donna Metzlar, Quinsy Gario, Lara Staal, Josien Pieterse, Katherine MacBride, Tracian Meikle, Jennifer Tosch, Black Heritage Tours Amsterdam, René Boer, Romy Rüegger, Momtaza Mehri, Maria Şerban-Temişan, Zinzi Minott, Françoise Vergès, Sands Murray-Wassink, Joy Mariama Smith, Nadia Bekkers, Vinger, Sara Mattens, Jeffrey Croese, Rachel Tokromo, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Barbara McCullough, Petra Boers, Felicia von Zweigbergk (Design), Rosa Paardenkoper (Social media), Jan (Website) and the DAS Theatre team: Silvia Bottiroli (Director), Maaike Boot (Production), Karin van de Wiel (PR), Maaike Besseling (Design), Juul Beeren (Student counselor).
Broadcasting From Babylon is broadcasting from Babylon, Fort EU, at:
Buurtkamer HoofdKwartier, Hoofddorpweg 25, 1059ED Amsterdam – here
In the western corner of Amsterdam Zuid, the vibrant living room called HoofdKwartier acts as a social hub for locals. During the day it’s a place where neighbours can get a bargain cup of tea or coffee and a friendly chat; and at other times people use the room to organise activities, such as workshops and meetings. Both formal and informal community support is central to this project.
Teatro Munganga, Schinkelhavenstraat 27 hs, 1075VP Amsterdam – here
Teatro Munganga is a theatre group that was founded in 1987 by Cris de Castro, Marcia Normande, Cláudia Maoli and Carlos Lagoeiro. Maoli and Lagoeiro have been the artistic directors since 1997. In June of 2013, the founders launched a traveling theatre bus named Busganga. In 2014 the doors of the small theater Casa Munganga were opened in the southern part of Amsterdam.
In addition to presenting their own performances (performances and social projects), the theater group offers a stage for activities such as theatre, music, lectures, films, dance, workshops and courses by other artists in the Casa Munganga theater. The activities are intended for all ages. Teatro Munganga is place were art, culture, education and entertainment come together here.
Framer Framed (exhibition space), IJpromenade 2, 1031KT Amsterdam – here
Framer Framed is a platform for arts and culture, with an independent exhibition space in the Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam. The organisation presents changing interdisciplinary exhibitions in which contemporary art, visual culture and critical theory & practice intersect. For each show, Framer Framed collaborates with different international curators and artists, emerging as much as established. Next to the exhibitions, an extensive public program is organised in order to contextualise as well as shed different lights on the topics concerned. With this common space for dialogue, Framer Framed aims to show a plurality of voices in a globalized society.
Werkplaats Molenwijk, Molenaarsweg 3, 1035EJ Amsterdam – here
On 30 September 2018, Framer Framed opened a new, second project space in Amsterdam-Noord: Werkplaats Molenwijk (Workspace Molenwijk). This new location aims to be a neighborhood space in the Molenwijk area, for and by residents interested in art, culture, heritage and society.
The goal is to facilitate a space for arts and culture in the Molenwijk, with an emphasis on collaboration and exchange. Visitors can initiate new programmes, actively take part in the organisation, enjoy presentations, join in conversations and share a meal together. Moreover, Werkplaats Molenwijk hosts an artist-in-residency, welcoming artists to create new work in dialogue with their surroundings.
Amsterdam Black Women Home
The Amsterdam Black Women Home hosts a variety of engaging and loved events such as book club, discussion sessions, workshops, movie nights, and healing circles for black women. Two of the co-founders, Tracian Meikle and Marly O’nella, continue to facilitate Amsterdam Black Women as a group for black women seeking community. Amsterdam Black Women Home is located at NieuwLand in Amsterdam Oost.
NieuwLand, Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93-95, 1093XN Amsterdam – here
NieuwLand is a solidarity and self-built space for living and working, and a non-commercial, volunteer-run social-political centre in Dapperbuurt, Amsterdam Oost. The NieuwLand collective organises a monthly program with documentary, film and discussion nights, workshops, garden days, chess nights, and other social, cultural and political events for the neighborhood and beyond.
De Fabriek Volkskamer, Van Ostadestraat 233, 1073TN Amsterdam – here
De Fabriek Volkskamer is an autonomous, self organised community in De Pijp in Amsterdam. It is a gathering space that responds to Amsterdam’s need for non-commercial, accessible, affordable spaces for social and political events.
Vrankrijk, Spuistraat 216, 1012 VT Amsterdam – here
Vrankrijk is an autonomous political café located in the centre of Amsterdam, that has its origins in the 1980’s Amsterdam punk and squatters movements.
Vrankrijk is a meeting and event space used by several local political and cultural activist groups. Vrankrijk is also regularly host to alternative culture concerts and events.
DAS Theatre / DAS Graduate School, Overhoeksplein 2, 1013KS Amsterdam – here
DAS Theatre is a master’s environment for research and development, open to international and Dutch practitioners involved in the wider field of the performing arts as artists or curators. This is a fulltime, two-year residential programme. DAS Theatre has invited Maria Guggenbichler and Amal Alhaag to curate the Block ‘Broadcasting from Babylon’ for the academic year 2018-2019. This part of the curriculum takes place in winter/spring; an eight week period starting half January and ending in March. It is a collective, intense programme, designed by invited guests, who curate a joint exploration of a certain theme, motif or curiosity. More info: www.dastheatre.nl