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FORUM will feature an open door throughout the duration of the residency time. Please join us in our reading space, to meet, talk, listen, eat, relax and provoke.
Sleepover Club Initiative is grateful to all who collaborate with us all of the time. Throughout this residency we hope you can join us:
DAILY (excluding 8th), 11-6PM
Incendium Radical Library
Incendium Radical Library is a collectively run reading room and publisher with a focus on radical politics and critical literature. The library is usually located in Footscray, on the land of the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation. IRL will inhabit the residency space alongside Sleepover Club Initiative, collectively presenting an open-access reading space where a selection of texts will be available throughout the duration of 8-14 January.
TUESDAY 9TH, 7pm onwards
Shared Meal and Email Writing Session
At the time of writing, the men held at Manus have been holding peaceful protests for over 150 days. The “Australian” government has continued to abuse the human rights of people seeking asylum, the denial of basic resources and medical attention have led to multiple deaths in detention. Join us for an email writing session to MP’s and human rights groups followed by a shared dinner. We will follow RISE’s SANCTION AUSTRALIA Campaign to contact human rights groups; and use information from this document collated by Roj Amedi to contact MP’s. Please bring along a laptop, phone or other device. Dinner will be provided, RSVP with any dietary requirements.
FRIDAY 12TH, 1-4PM
The Countess Report
The Countess Report’s commitment to data collection and reportage puts gender equality on the record for everyone to see. As part of the Norma Redpath residency you are invited to count alongside us and contribute to conversation about gender identity, intersectionality and the future of Countess. Discuss the importance of transparency and ethics when collecting data and how to apply experimental modes of data collection. Bring along a tablet or laptop with internet connection, RSVP below.
SATURDAY 13TH, 12-3PM
Incendium Radical Library
Incendium Radical Library is a collectively run reading room and publisher with a focus on radical politics and critical literature. The library is usually located in Footscray, on the land of the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation. Please join them in a collective reading and perusal of their archive collection of Narrm-based journals, dating from 80s-00s.
SATURDAY 13TH, 5:30PM
Sleepover Club Initiative and Daniel Ward
Readings / Spoken Word
A night of readings from those we love. Thinking about sharing knowledge outside of linear/institutional structures; the power of language as restorative, gentle; learning/unlearning; sharing stories and sharing intimate space. Featuring Lei Lei Kung, Panda, Mia Francesca, Jemi Gale, Aya Sato, Bonnie Reid, Bridget Gilmartin, Agnes Whalen, Katerina Capel, Daniel Ward + others TBA. The space will also be open to anyone who wishes to read on the night. Dinner will be provided, RSVP with dietary requirements.
SUNDAY 14TH, 1-5PM
Sleepover Club, Maile Shanti and Albee Barton
Emotional Preservation and Institutional Accountability
+ Movement and yoga for self-preservation
In this trying political climate we are left feeling overwhelmed by our capacity to cope, which can leave us feeling stressed and anxious. After reflecting on the emotional labour that many individuals and groups gave to local art institutions over the last year, we are holding an open discussion on how to manage emotional labour, support your peers and community and work sustainably.
How we can build strong foundations for self-care for the year to come? What does institutional accountability look like, and how we can ask for it whilst keeping ourselves safe and preserving our emotional wellbeing? Please come along to reflect and check in on one another. Bring any texts, skills and resources you’d like to share and any questions we can address and discuss as a group. This session will be facilitated by River Arumets and Lu Lin but will be participant driven, with the content shaped by those present.
Following, yoga teacher Maile Shanti and Mangala Teacher and movement therapist Albee Barton will continue on from the discussion, building on tools taken from their individual disciplines. Integrating self care and inner strength, with an intent to nurture thoughtful decisions within our activism. Through breathing techniques, meditation, music, movement therapy and mindfulness techniques with gentle posture work we will endeavour to fuel our inner fire whilst channeling our strength to create positive change, both within our community and within oneself. Creating a safe space for emotional reconciliation and personal growth.
A resource list can be found here. Lunch will be provided, RSVP with any dietary requirements.
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