17.10.23, 18:00 – 17.10.23, 20:00
Public Teaching Session: Consensual Questioning and Collective Implementation, a lecture by Pendar Nabipour
Consensual Questioning and Collective Implementation
(6 – 7pm)
Do systems of representative function as they are supposed to? How inclusive are we in making decisions that affect a larger group or a community? How can we come up with questions and ideas that represent all members of a given community? How does collective consensus help form more accurate results? What tools are out there to help us empower and benefit from collective decision-making?
Consensual Questioning and Collective Implementation is a lecture and workshop event, during which Pendar Nabipour, a visual artist, independent curator and art educated based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands will introduce possible answers to these questions in relation to his research project Open Source Governance.
Following the lecture, Lina Zeller, Sarah Drapeau, Engy Mohsen, Santiago Pinyol, María Angélica Madero, Sinem Görücü, Rahel Stange, Agata Guńka and yourfriendkas will facilitate a digital space dedicated to Making Time, leaning on time-based tools, tools that are about time, about making time, about spending time together.
Pendar Nabipour is a visual artist, independent curator, and art educator based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His main interests are common memories, collective decision-making, playfulness, humour, and nature. He studies the rethinking of established institutions and the ways of enabling initiatives to activate alternative structures, through artistic practice.
How to collectively decide how to collectively decide?
Or from a school of commons to a school of commoning. Making time: time-based tools, tools that are about time, about making time, about spending time, together.
(7 – 8pm)
Hosted by Lina Zeller, Sarah Drapeau, Engy Mohsen, Santiago Pinyol, María Angélica Madero, Sinem Görücü, Rahel Stange, Agata Guńka and yourfriendkas.
Amid accelerating economic, social and ecological crises, and with the 4th of July 2023 being the hottest day since records began, the concept of the commons and commoning has become increasingly urgent. Yet even in moments of great urgency, commoning takes and needs time. This said, we have no desire to reproduce acts of violence of the systems we naturally fall in, including their set rhythms, but we still feel the need to organize and find (new) ways of doing things together.
Commoning can mean becoming a community, spending time “doing” together, and creating and realising our co-dependencies. It is not easy, or rather not simple, to move from a group of people to a collective intelligence… in fact, “Commoning” as a verb, is not recognised by the software we are currently using to write this text (perhaps it should be added to the dictionary, that would be our suggestion).
For this public learning moment, we have the common desire to keep on practicing togetherness and to experiment with the support of guest Pendar Nabipour to dismantle the hierarchies between us, to reflect on how time is a fundamental part of our practices, and to openly share some of our tools. In the end, what we want to offer and experiment with, is to decide in common[s] and create a moment of commoning.
We would like to start with a simple question: how do we create something together with someone we do not know at all?