A tenuous we
Co-presented by MICE Magazine & Untitled Art Society
Sunday, May 17, 1:00pm – 4:30pm
What happens when we gain control?
When we are at the helm of our histories?
My initial focus was we must share
with the world. Celebrate, jump up
to let everyone see...
I’m not so sure anymore
— Liz Ikiriko and Anique Jordan
In their collaborative essay WE SOLICIT THE DARKNESS, Liz Ikiriko and Anique Jordan combine a manifesto with correspondence, blending a collective voice and personal narratives to create a dynamic text that explores hierarchy, institutions, diaspora, order and BIPOC identity. In light of the global pandemic, where disconnection,over-connection, isolation and solidarity have become the motley architecture of our daily lives, what is the relationship between the individual and the collective, between an artist and their audience? How do we navigate a communal sense of loss and uncertainty while maintaining our individual identities and relationships to each other as artists, as human beings?
Using WE SOLICIT THE DARKNESS as a source, this participatory workshop will explore the tenuous relationship between the collective and the individual, the “we” and the “I”, through discussion, writing prompts, and knowledge exchange among participants. We will examine how the personal interacts with the collective, and consider how we might and must work in tandem, together, yet still apart, with the possibility of culminating the workshop with the creation of a collaborative text.
Raised in Florida, Steph Wong Ken is a writer currently based in Mohkínstsis (Calgary, Alberta). She has an MFA in fiction from Portland State University,and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in C-Magazine, Luma Quarterly, Peripheral Review, InStudio, and Public Parking, among other publications. More of her work can be found here.
Registration is limited to eight participants. Priority will be given to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) applicants, however we encourage applications from all members of our communities.
Expressions of interest will be accepted until May 10, 2020. Participants will be provided with an honourarium of $100CAD and a complimentary copy of a special print issue of WE SOLICIT THE DARKNESS. We seek to support interested participants in contributing fully and comfortably in this online session. Those who wish to participate but may have barriers to access are encouraged to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those interested are asked to:
• Email an expression of interest (maximum 500 words) to email@example.com by the deadline. The short letter can include a brief description of your practice (writerly, artistic, performative, etc.) and your relationship to and interest in the theme.
• Confirm availability to attend the workshop session in its entirety.
• Kindly provide your mailing address to receive your copy of WE SOLICIT THE DARKNESS. If preferred, you are welcome to opt out and read the online version of the essay here.
MICE [Moving Image Culture Etc.] Magazine is a collectively-run online periodical devoted to critical writing and artists’ projects about and within moving image culture. This workshop is part of a series of online programming developed by MICE Magazine stemming from WE SOLICIT THE DARKNESS, a collaborative essay by Liz Ikiriko and Anique Jordan published in our latest issue, Opacities (eds. Mark V. Campbell and Pamela Edmonds). This series is produced with generous support from the Canada Arts Council. MICE is Aaditya Aggarwal, Marina Fathalla, and Marsya Maharani.
Untitled Art Society gratefully acknowledges funding from Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Calgary Arts Development.
Image courtesy Liz Ikiriko and Anique Jordan. Chapbook design by Emmie Tsumura.