Formulations of Assembly, Workshop-as-Event

Formulations of Assembly, Workshop-as-Event is a hybrid form of social engagement that develops adaptive participatory structures to enrich conditions for mutual understanding and collaboration. It seeks to move away from performing choreography and speech acts associated with iconic events that are often replicated during public protests. Instead, collaborators are invited to map out their ideas about conflict during discussions and perform the translation of conversations through physical movement. These activities are documented through autoethnographic methods, such as self-reflexive writing and/or movement notation. The translation of physical movement helps collaborators formulate more expansive ideas about embodied practice and its relationship to forming assembly and community participation.

Through practice-as-research and performance-making methodologies, Formulations of Assembly experiments with the aesthetics of solidarity and alliance by integrating autoethnography, urbanism, movement analysis, somatic practice, and performative writing into a series of artistic interventions. The ambition is to cultivate understandings across multiple identities and subjective experiences in order to develop new terms and strategies for inclusion culture. This mode of collaborative research engenders an understanding of how artistic interventions offer a set of creative and participatory tools to strengthen relationships between people.

On November 24th, 2018 Formulations of Assembly, concluded with a performative party facilitated by Zoya Sardashti, Margherita Landi, and Silvio Palladino at Mare Culturale Urbano.

We invited a public audience into the theatre to taste a handcrafted drink and guess its contents. Then they were asked to share it with a stranger. Participants were invited to choose their favorite article of the Italian Constitution and read it with a microphone. Documentation from previous workshops were exhibited. Participants were given an opportunity to write and sketch their vision of how bodily figures should be illustrated on assembly point signs. Excerpts of Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly were read out loud as funk, jazz and hip-hop played in the background. We encouraged everyone to dance even if they felt shy. At the end someone sang a love song.