9 Nov 2021
18:30 - 20:30
Decolonial Futures 2021
Decolonial Futures is an exchange education programme organised between the Sandberg Instituut, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Framer Framed in Amsterdam as well as Funda Community College in Soweto, South Africa. The first term of Decolonial Futures 2021-2022 consists of three hybrid sessions at Framer Framed in Nov- Dec. Participants will work making of a documentary whose format and content will be elaborated and negotiated alongside guests filmmakers, writers and artists.
The 2021-2022 programme is focused on documentary as a medium of both de/colonial practices of making, representing and looking. This year, Decolonial Futures will also be punctuated by the Winter School, a 10 days long programme in 2022 in which participants from South Africa and the Netherlands will have an opportunity to meet in Amsterdam and to collectively ponder on the materialisation of the colonial remnants and decolonial strategies in everyday life. The on-going work and discussions will be restituted to the public at the end of the programme.
Sessions in 2021
- 9th November, 18:30-20:30h
- 23rd November
- 7th December
The focuses of the first term explore:
- What are the ways in which the colonial affect you/your environment in day to day life?
- How could you capture that feeling/observation/relation?
- How does documentary, as a medium, participate in de/colonial practices of making, representing and looking? How can the medium become a tool for empowerment?
- What methodology can you think of/do you want to apply in the making of a documentary?
Classes will take place at Framer Framed in Amsterdam, where we will host a series of screenings, talks and workshops by individuals whose practices engage with narratives of de/coloniality, their histories and their current unfolding.
In parallel, participants at Funda Community College in Soweto will work on archival material accumulated over the years of DF since the inception of the programme and will reflect on their experience, the feasibility and limitations of decolonial educational endeavours and the cross cultural exchange that attempted to address it.
The two groups will offer their insights and their work in progress to one another, although the final outcome of both documentaries will be dependent on the quality of the exchange and inclination of all participants.
The first term will be semi-public and will serve to lay the foundations for the programme, and address the theoretical, the social and ethical consideration of filmmaking. It will provide participants with the opportunity to critically engage further in the programme.
The programme is free but the success of it depends on attendance and engagement. For health and safety reasons due to COVID regulations, as well as for the smooth running of the programme, places to be enrolled for the WS and the second term will be attributed on holistic observations from the programme tutors and depend on the level of commitment of participants expressed during the first term and through an open call for the WS.
How to Register
The programme is open to students of the Sandberg Institute and the Rietveld Academy, cultural practitioners, and anyone willing decolonise their perspective, research and practice. By registering you are confirming your engagement for all the classes.
To attend the first term of the programme please RSVP by filling in this form.
For any questions, please do contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
More about the programme
The programme was inspired by the desire to work collectively towards a decolonial future through an equal exchange of knowledges and perspectives from students working across the disciplines of art and design. The themes are centred around questions of decolonisation in the context of art and education.
Last year’s Decolonial Futures was divided into two terms, the first term establishing the local and global historical context of Soweto, South Africa, whilst the second term was part of sonsbeek20→24’s curatorial framework of ‘labour and the sonic’.
Read more about the first sessions here.
Read more about the second sessions here.
The organisational team consist of Dorine van Meel and Ibrahim Cissé (Sandberg Instituut / Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam), Simangaliso Sibiya and Phumzile Nombuso Twala (Funda Community College, Soweto).
Shared Heritage / Action Research / Education / Colonial history / South Africa /