Workshops, performance

#Feralizing: Day 2

Fri, Jun 10, 2022
Warsaw, Poland
10 am
Free admission, with registration

Registrations are possible now

Sebastian Münster, 1570 edition of the Chart of Sea Monsters

Feral is what was first changed by humans but is now beyond systems of control and escapes domestication. Ferality can be messy, unruly, the impure realm between the natural and artificial, between technology and imagination, science and art. Humans and nonhuman animals, ecologies, effects, processes, but also theories can be feral in this sense. Few outside of desolate circumstances will choose the feral state, which is often marked by violence, isolation and insecurity. Yet what is the current political, ecological and social situation if not desolate? For this edition of the New Alphabet School modern witches, artists, urban gardeners, storytellers and escapees explore these multidimensional spaces in lectures and workshops, inquiring how to address, create and use feral cartographies as liberating confusions. How can feral spirituality be practiced when connections to certain traditions have been lost? How can we address feral phenomena that cannot be grasped in established categories? Is it possible to feralize one’s thoughts?

Curated in cooperation with Agata Kowalewska and Jacob Eriksen

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

Friday, June 10

10 am–1 pm
Workshop and experimental walk at Zakole Wawerskie, Warsaw, with registration
Feralizing x ZAKOLE
In English

What are the many overlapping stories of Zakole Wawerskie wetland? How are the the former agricultural plots and tamed water and swamps being feralized? Zakole is a complex ecosystem shaped by the growth and decay of plants, activity of fungi, bacteria and animals, geomorphological conditions, agricultural practices, activity of beavers and water courses. Zakole and its complex ecologies are not compatible with the binary distinctions that are usually assigned to a particular landscape, such as natural vs. human-made, wild vs. domesticated. Participants will be invited to an experimental walk through the wetland with the attempt to map and attune themselves to the overlapping mosaic of the feral habitats. They strive to use their bodies as research devices for site-sensitive investigations, following the rhythm and qualities of each different habitat, exchanging micro-observations and macro-feelings. The workshop will end with a picnic on a meadow to get some rest, share food and talk.

Rubber boots and mosquito spray required!

3–7.30 pm
Visit to anti-fascist sites and workshop in Warsaw, with registration
Feral forms of existence in times of war.
An invitation to reflect on antifascism, partisanship and comradeship

with Małgorzata Wosińska and The Permanent Provisory Antifascist Brygada in Warsaw
In English

Meeting Point: Kolumna Zygmunta at Plac Zamkowy
3 hour walk through Muranów and the old City
From 6 pm discussion and food at Klubokawiarnia Café PoWoli

The current moment humanity is facing is a bloody invasion of Russian imperialists in Ukraine; it is the menace of a nuclear conflict, of a global geopolitical shift towards despotism and terror, a projection of global famine. Over three million Ukrainians have sought refuge in Poland, a country whose history of resistance against nazi-fascism seems today blurred, as extremely conservative, ultra-right tendencies are gaining more and more consent in former Eastern Block territories and beyond. After a three hour walk visiting historical anti-fascist sites in Warsaw, the workshop deals with the questions: What does it mean to be antifascist today? How can anti-fascists grow longer teeth and stronger nails against totalitarian forces? How can they recall and inhabit the legacy of anti-fascism to oppose wars that are not in their names? How can they build new forms of solidarity and partisanship? Participants are invited to join a walk through anti-fascist sites and reflect through sharing sound objects and drawings while having food in a café afterwards.

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3