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SELF - POSITIONING

Self-positioning starts not during a conference or a business handshake. It is rooted in your personality and shaped by the many contexts in which you exist. Self-positioning is also framed by the notions of ‘normative’ deriving from colonial, gender and a multitude of sociopolitical frameworks. To be able to liberate ourselves from predominant discourses and find our unique ways to act in the world we need first to discover and question our core attitudes - to ourselves, to the art system, to the global ‘other’.

BLOCK 1.1

An input for this task is provided by Biljana Ciric, WSCSD program initiator.

To start with, we offer you a set of questions. They may seem quite abstract, but can act as a trigger for a more in-depth analysis of self and further expand on your professional identity.

  1. What moves you?

  2. What has you?

  3. What is your position in relation to colonial difference?

  4. Who are you in relation to others?

Task

  • Position yourself within the world.

  • Tell about your practice, but try to avoid showcasing your works.

  • Think and understand who do you cite. Through citation you create relation and history.

  • Revise your vocabulary. Who are you citing? By which terms do you define yourself and your practice? How can you overcome the colonial vocabulary?

  • Put this into a text or a text+images format

  • An advice: before staring each session we propose you to devote your practice to someone.

Additional materials 

 

 

Self-feedback

  • Did you discover something about yourself?

  • What is your main trigger/ question?

BLOCK 1.2

Together with artist and curator Anastasia Albokrinova we will focus on communication and creative approach.

I am an impostor

i imitate

i play

i squeeze in others’ skin

i sign fake papers 

i make void agreements

i take peoples’ money and give them to others

i pretend i don’t know what’s curating and thus i own the freedom to reinvent it

i fool those who want the truth

i do things nobody notices

i nourish useless processes

i intervene in the order of things

i ask why

this should be that way and not the other

i ask who

said that 

i feel sometimes my game has gone too far

i fear i have no legal right

but 

somehow

i’m 

where i should be

 

Anastasia Albokrinova, 2022

Let's start with

  • What are the alternatives for direct speech or image+text presentations?

  • Thinks about the fears do you face while trying to step out of the pattern. Is it being vulnerable, shy, ignorant, insecure or else?

  • Think of ways to embrace and face these fears. 

  • Make a list with three columns: Fears / Ways to face them / Means to transform fear into action.

         

Task

  • Relying on the content you developed before, try to experiment with the ways you deliver it.

  • Can you use drawing, gestures, sound, movement, multilinguility, gamification?

  • Develop an alternative way for self-presentation.

  • Deliver it to other people.

Additional materials 

Self-feedback

  • What are your expectations when communicating yourself to others?

  • What limitations did you face?

  • What is your authenticity you can play with?

  • Did a self-positioning process help you better understand why you do things that you do, the way you do?

Online sharing session

 

We invite you to share your self-positioning presentations with a group of fellow students of the WCSCD online course. We will focus on giving and receiving critique, discuss what is a good and bad experience in communication.

 

The meeting is a recurring event with a limitation of 10 participants. 

Estimated duration: around 1.5 hrs.

To take part subscribe for a proposed time in the table below.

During the session you will have 10 to 15 minutes to present and receive feedback.

 

Form:
Date/ Time (GMT)/ Number of places left/

(organizer provides nearest time/date options and limits the number of attendants)

 

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Enter your email to receive a zoom link for the meeting.

(user receives a zoom link for a set time)

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