In this critical workshop, activist seminar, cultural intervention, and applied studio, the history, politics, and art of bodies, sovereignty, and resistance will be explored. Putting texts, art, and objects into dialogue, participants will explore the names of migration, borders, and precarity in churning, liquid times.
Week 1 (Feb 10): SHELTER
1850 Fugitive Slave Act; Global Refugee Crisis.
Supplement (optional): Rabben, Sanctuary and Asylum, excerpt.
Object: Mylar blanket.
Week 2 (Feb 17): SANCTUARY
Primary: Numbers 35:6-33 (Hebrew Bible).
Reading: Waligora-Davis, “Sanctuary.”
Supplement: Bau, This Ground is Holy.
Object: FEMA Trailer.
Week 3 (Feb 24): ASYLUM
Primary: Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights.
Reading: Besteman, “Becoming Refugees” (from Making Refuge).
Supplement: AILA laws overview in Asylum Primer.
Object: DHS/DOJ Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal.
Week 4 (Mar 3): HOSPITALITY
Primary: Berlin Philharmonic, Welcome Among Us; Children of Men.
Reading: Derrida, Of Hospitality.
Week 5 (Mar 10, Friday before Spring Break) GLOBE
Reading: Lovelock and Margulis, “Atmospheric homeostasis by and for the biosphere: the Gaia Hypothesis.”
Supplement: Latour, “Spheres and Networks”; Haraway, “Anthropocene, Plantationocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene: Making Kin.”
Object: Garden (optional visit: Audubon Sanctuary).
Beginning with the sixth session, meetings will take the form of studio time, driven by participants’ interests in making, thinking, and taking action.
The seminar is facilitated by metaLAB’s Matthew Battles and Peter McMurray.