Language of Change
Amira Hanafi, A Dictionary of the Revolution, 2014 - ongoing. Multimedia. Courtesy the Artist.
This two-day workshop proposes to engage with Amira Hanafi’s project A Dictionary of the Revolution, presented at the International Biennale of Casablanca, and to develop a new vocabulary to describe change.
Day 1. Friday 18 November, 2 - 4 pm
Participants will have a look at Hanafi’s artwork on display and have a discussion about it: both the process of making, and the language that it contains. Then they will play a game to start thinking about the vocabulary we use to describe change: big and small, fast and gradual. This will lead into the final part of the day, which will be spent generating a vocabulary for the change we'd like to see in the world. The vocabulary will be everyday, grassroots, repossessed, and/or invented.
Day 2. Saturday 19 November, 1 - 3 pm
The participants will work on giving meaning to our terms. This will be done in part by playing a game in which the participants become or embody the word and are interviewed by other participants. They will use an online co-writing tool to produce a written glossary. A specific version developed by Hanafi for the Biennale will live online beyond the workshop.
A sharing moment about this experience will take place on Sunday 20 Nov at 5pm at The American Arts Center.
This workshop is free and open to all.
Registration at firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Arts Center
2 Khalil Matrane (ex Balzac)