How can we re-design our thinking and our projects, how can we - still stay creative and how can we co-imagine a new, better, future for our local and global communities and societies?

Right now we cannot be together as we know it. However, a crisis was already with us before the pandemic. A crisis precipitated by growing extremism and polarization tearing at the fabric of inter-human and interspecies relations, and our connection to nature.

Grand re Union was originally designed as a 10 days in-person gathering in June 2020 in Poznan (as a sum up of 16 years of activities of Art Stations Foundation). It was designed as an opportunity to pause, an invitation to suspend business as usual, a chance to create time, and make space for deep reflection on the global circumstances of our era. Little did we know that there would be no need to contrive the conditions under which to be suspended, that a pandemic would arrive and enforce such a pause. A pause greater than we could have imagined.
Inside that pause, our intent got reborn stronger.

Starting from the study case of Grand re Union (a project that, from a live gathering, moved in the course of very exciting but still challenging process into a year-long online platform for commissioning, collecting and archiving the wisdom of our field) this EDN ATELIER will invite us to reflect on the question HOW CAN WE STILL HOLD­_TOGETHER? How can we  re-design our thinking and our projects, how can we - still stay creative and how can we co-imagine a new, better, future for our local and global communities and societies?

Developing Grand re Union project, we pointed out two areas that are distinctly relevant in answering these questions. The first is the plethora of somatic practices that in our digital, disembodied times reconnect us with physical experience and return to us a grounded awareness of our own body as well as respectful possible interaction with other bodies. The second is improvisation, perceived as a laboratory for brave and generous experimentation toward testing and developing the necessary adaptability to respond to ever-changing realities through considerate participation. We called for radical connection, trans-disciplinarity, and post-hierarchical collective actions.

This Atelier will offer an insight into the process of re-designing Grand re Union project. But more to it, it will be an opportunity to discuss and practice strategies for co-thinking and acting together, and, finally, it will invite participants to join the October Live Grand re Union zoom gathering of international and multi-generational group of practitioners, thinkers, writers and scholars of different disciplines that show up every third Saturady of the month to be changed and, by extension, to change the world.
Together.

Find the full programme here.

www.grandreunion.net

Register to the Online Atelier

Registration process

The EDN Atelier HOLDING_TOGETHER is free of charge but registration is mandatory. It is open to EDN members and Non-members alike. 25 participants are accepted on a first-come, first-saved basis.

Follow this link to register.

Deadline for registration: 15 October. Zoom links will be provided upon registration. More info needed? Contact EDN Production Manager Gaja Luznik.

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Art Stations Foundation

Artistic director I Joanna Leśnierowska
Poznań I Poland

Founding member of the association in May 2009