Workshop: The game of amoq-ah. AMOQA (Athens Museum of Queer Arts) PIGS Self-Management
The workshop conducted by AMOQA will examine the vitality and sustainability of self-managed collective projects, taking as a working model the collective design of a game. We will study the contents and rules of the game, as well as its aesthetic format and design.
For three days we will immerse ourselves in a collective adventure within the framework of interdependence (lack of queer feminist spaces in Athens). We will invent survival tools, design dissident itineraries, adopt mutant roles, confront legality (on 10 October 2016, a District Court in Athens turned down AMOQA’s request to be registered as an association [Order 323/2016]. Their refusal was based on the suspicion that AMOQA was‘spreading homosexuality’ and had ‘a hidden commercial agenda’).
We will dance three steps forward, two steps back, while practising self-healing; we will choose between types of assisted mobility (apply for a grant?) and plan rescue operations (solidarity party?); we will rely on collective memory (how do you build a queer feminist archive when you don’t have a sustainability plan?); we will build affinities and experience power and consensual submission (non-authoritarian assembly?).
We will be guided by pleasure, friendship, ideals, personal desires (QUEER ART is FEMINIST is POLITICAL); we will confront the vulnerability of our project and our own (I don’t have a job. I don’t have time for politics. I’m not an artist); we will face collective trials (BIG ART VENUES, NGOS, COPS and Government work together. You are not considered radical anymore. You have lost allies); we will transmit radical tenderness and move in between staged identities and therefore in crisis.
A performative, non-linear game based on real stories and local contexts.
TAGS: sustainability, queer, game, collective organisation, vulnerabilities, performativity.
AMOQA (Athens Museum of Queer Arts) was founded in March 2016 with the support of a five-month grant. Since then it has been hosting open and accessible events such as performance festivals, screenings of films and documentaries on gender politics, art exhibitions, technology workshops, lectures on gender and sexuality, debates on memory and queer archives, queer concerts and other cultural production workshops.
AMOQA is also an open platform for different trans-feminist collectives, as it provides a safe place for their meetings and public events. In addition, we have initiated a feminist LGBTQI+ archive in an attempt to trace a cartography of fragments of the past, present and future of the ‘Greek’ queer movement based on our everyday life, experiences, desires, dreams struggles and concerns.
7, 8 Y 9 DE FEBRERO, DE 17 A 21 h
Free admission. Limited places
Registration: By sending an email to pei [at] macba [dot] cat (Subject: Hello%20again) explaining in no more than 5 lines which collective you wish to work with and your personal motivation. Until 30 January 2018
macba [at] macba [dot] cat
Tel: 93 481 33 68