Pickle Factory presents
Pickle Factory Preludes
Module 2
Nov 13 & 15, 2018 Kolkata

October 24, 2018

Pickle Factory Preludes is a series of two-session modules presented in partnership with the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata. The aim is to develop a critical vocabulary around practice, and create the space and habit of imaginative discourse open to both offering and meeting challenges.

How do we rethink our present democratic forms, and speculate towards new forms of assembly-making?
What role does body-based practice have in actively re-imagining mass movements?
How might we use the body to imagine new forms of society?

In this edition of Pickle Factory Preludes, independent curator and writer Abhijan Gupta discusses practices of experimenting with forms of assembly-making with Thanapol Virulhakul, artistic director of the Democrazy Collective in Bangkok, JK Anicoche, artistic director of the Sipat Lawin Ensemble in the Philippines, and Anjum Katyal, arts writer and researcher from Calcutta. The common concern is the need to think of performance as a driver for political action.

Embodying Assembly: the body as democracy
facilitated by Abhijan Gupta
with guest speakers Thanapol Virulhakul, JK Anicoche and Anjum Katyal

JK Anicoche, and the Sipat Lawin Ensemble, will discuss their ongoing pieces, The Gobyerno Project, an interactive and participatory performance-workshop inviting audiences to create, perform, and film their ideal government and communities.

Thanapol Virulhakul, and the Democrazy collective, is concerned with the use of the body in mass politics, and the political body. The Retreat Project is an ongoing work which attempts to create a series of studies in producing bodily assemblages creating horizontal alignments between bodies, objects, architectures to imagine new modes of movement in assemblage.

As an Indian parallel, the sessions will revisit Badal Sircarís Michhil, through a dialogue with researcher and writer Anjum Katyal, to think about what forms practice must take in times of brutal political repression whether in India, Philippines, Thailand or elsewhere.

Dates: 13 and 15 November 2018 (Tuesday and Thursday)
Time: 5 to 7pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata, Library
(Park Mansions, Gate 4, 57A, Park St, Kolkata 700016)

Participation by registration only. Registration Fees: Rs. 500
Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBZyWr4TW2JkSccYcN7jCEGq4jUxStqNjVvmfaV1yKNW35pw/viewform

For more details, call 8910768391 or email contact.picklefactory@gmail.com