Who Are We? Project
Who Are We? Project
14 - 19 March Tate Exchange

 

Dialogues Across Borders workshops

 

TUESDAY 14 MARCH

Cultural Exchange through Music Workshop

14:00-15:00

This workshop will facilitate the creation of a group song using a variety of languages with our audience. The audience will be invited to create and compose their own song in response to the theme: who are we? The musicians will create music for the song. They are part of a Syrian and Greek band which emerged in Thessaloniki bringing together refugees, migrants and locals. We will create an online connection with our refugee co-organizers, now relocated across Europe. The workshop will end with a group conversation about how the co-creative methods can facilitate cross-border networking and digital solidarities.

Recycling Refugee Waste: Pikpa’s Safe Passage Workshop

15:00-16:00

This workshop will connect audiences at the Tate Exchange with refugees and volunteers at Pikpa refugee camp via live link ups on Skype. We will explore how refugee life jackets, discarded on the shores of Lesvos, have been recycled into attractive bags in an effort to turn waste into hope and enable refugees to earn a living and live with dignity. Participants will be invited to design a bag with Lena Altinoglou (co-ordinator of the bag workshop at Pikpa) and Yulie Tzirou (co-ordinator of social media and a photographer at Pikpa). They will take the winning design back to Pikpa and make an exclusive special edition.

Young Syrian Refugees, Smartphones and Social Networks

16:00-17:00

This workshops looks at how smartphones and apps are changing the nature of refugee experiences in big ways  but are they always a good thing? Do smart phones change Who We Are? The workshop builds on an interactive photo and poetry exhibition using smartphones that took place at Pikpa Refugee Camp in summer 2016. We will invite Tate audiences to forge a dialogue with people at Pikpa camp, responding to their poetry and photos using smartphones in order to gain a better understanding of their lives of refugees in Europe and how we can work together to create new possibilities out of the ‘refugee crisis'.

Performance workshop inspired by The Ghosts of Europe play

17:00-18:00

Who are we as Europeans during the current crises over migration and refugee policy? How can we co-create new possibilities together? What does it mean to forget our shared European history and to create new history together? During the travelling of the interactive exhibitions in Greece, UK, France, Germany and Serbia we organized activities with our refugee co-organizers and related with publics on the streets and squares across Europe. Who are we when we initiate our own grassroots political acts and solidarity networks in response to the failure of policies? This workshop involves a creative exploration of the Ghosts of Europe by Dan Friedman. People will be invited to share their responses, their fears and dreams about who we are and who we are becoming in Europe in this historical moment. The workshop will be informed by the methodology of social therapeutics and performance activism which fueled the making of the interactive exhibitions.

 

WEDNESDAY 15 MARCH

Cultural Exchange through Music Workshop

14:00-15:00

This workshop will facilitate the creation of a group song using a variety of languages with our audience. The audience will be invited to create and compose their own song in response to the theme: who are we? The musicians will create music for the song. They are part of a Syrian and Greek band which emerged in Thessaloniki bringing together refugees, migrants and locals. We will create an online connection with our refugee co-organizers, now relocated across Europe. The workshop will end with a group conversation about how the co-creative methods can facilitate cross-border networking and digital solidarities.

Recycling Refugee Waste: Pikpa’s Safe Passage Workshop

15:00-16:00

This workshop will connect audiences at the Tate Exchange with refugees and volunteers at Pikpa refugee camp via live link ups on Skype. We will explore how refugee life jackets, discarded on the shores of Lesvos, have been recycled into attractive bags in an effort to turn waste into hope and enable refugees to earn a living and live with dignity. Participants will be invited to design a bag with Lena Altinoglou (co-ordinator of the bag workshop at Pikpa) and Yulie Tzirou (co-ordinator of social media and a photographer at Pikpa). They will take the winning design back to Pikpa and make an exclusive special edition.

Young Syrian Refugees, Smartphones and Social Networks

16:00-17:00 

This workshops looks at how smartphones and apps are changing the nature of refugee experiences in big ways  but are they always a good thing? Do smart phones change Who We Are? The workshop builds on an interactive photo and poetry exhibition using smartphones that took place at Pikpa Refugee Camp in summer 2016. We will invite Tate audiences to forge a dialogue with people at Pikpa camp, responding to their poetry and photos using smartphones in order to gain a better understanding of their lives of refugees in Europe and how we can work together to create new possibilities out of the ‘refugee crisis'.

Stone Soup: Performance workshop

17:00-18:00

This workshop is inspired by the folktale ‘Stonesoup’: An exploration into group collaboration through story. This dramatherapy workshop emerged after the group conversation of the participants of our workshop on Tuesday 14 March. It includes myth enactment, movement and storytelling. We will explore imaginatively the theme building of solidarity networks and transforming isolation into community leadership during times of crisis.

 

THURSDAY 16 MARCH

Recycling Refugee Waste: Pikpa’s Safe Passage Workshop

15:00-16:00

This workshop will connect audiences at the Tate Exchange with refugees and volunteers at Pikpa refugee camp via live link ups on Skype. We will explore how refugee life jackets, discarded on the shores of Lesvos, have been recycled into attractive bags in an effort to turn waste into hope and enable refugees to earn a living and live with dignity. Participants will be invited to design a bag with Lena Altinoglou (co-ordinator of the bag workshop at Pikpa) and Yulie Tzirou (co-ordinator of social media and a photographer at Pikpa). They will take the winning design back to Pikpa and make an exclusive special edition.

Cross-Border Creative Methodologies

16:00-17:00

This workshop explores the value of cross-border creative methodologies for traversing and transgressing borders – geographic, political, emotional and social. It draws on experiences of all who participated in the Dialogues Across Borders Workshop and the mixed methods used to create shared spaces of public engagement: social therapeutics and performance activism, collaborative photography, poetry, digital storytelling, music and song co-productions. In particular we examine the role and potential of digital technologies in connecting people and challenging boundaries.

 

Counterpoints Arts
Counterpoints Arts