Photo by Adelita Husni Bey

Generation 2023

Call and Response: critical theory and embodied pedagogy

Almost like a choir, this module will be structured and centered around participants’ ‘Calls’, and what emerges from their individual practice that can be shared and gathered around. How will we collectively respond to each other’s ‘calls’? How will we listen deeply? The first session will include an introduction to embodied pedagogy tools and methodologies, such as Image Theater, structured around the concerns that emerge within the group. The following monthly check-ins will offer a chance to reflect on themes that transpire during the first session and the lines of flight that our initial meeting generates. In this process-based breaking bread, we will offer readings, screenings and feedback to each other to enrich and challenge each other’s ways of working, in anticipation of our week-long workshop which is where our ‘choir’ will come together again. What I can offer to the group includes readings on/ of infrastructures (health, logistics, education, sovereign food systems), surplus labor and abolitionist politics, historical materialist, eco-feminist, psychoanalytic and decolonial analyses and interventions on life.

Adelita Husni Bey is an artist and pedagogue invested in anarcho-collectivism, theater, and critical legal studies. She organizes workshops and produces publications, broadcasts, and exhibition work using noncompetitive pedagogical models through the framework of contemporary art. Involving activists, architects, jurists, schoolchildren, spoken-word poets, actors, urbanists, physical therapists, students, and teachers, her work consists of making sites in which to practice collectively. She was part of the Italian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 with a video installation foregrounding anti-extractivist struggles and tarot reading as a pedagogical practice. She is a 2020–2022 Vera List Center Fellow with a project centered on the radical changes in social relations brought about by responses to past and current pandemics.

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