Thursday 22 and Friday 23 June.The wretched take the screen. Amaia Sanchez-Velasco and Jorge Valiente Oriol from Grandeza Studio. 

Amaia Sanchez-Velasco and Jorge Valiente Oriol from Grandeza Studio. 

Title: The wretched take the screen 

Dates: June Thursday 22 and Friday 23.

Times: 16:00-20:00

Philosopher Marina Garcés calls us to “embody critique”. In her words, “The problem of critique has traditionally been a problem of conscience. Today, it is a problem of the body. How do we incarnate critique? How does critical thought acquire a body?”

Engaging with Garcés´s invitation and refuting the reductive reading of Berlin as an urban testimony of past glories and traumas, this workshop frames the city as a centre stage in which to incarnate the most radical political and epistemological questions of our time. In an act of performative profanation, participants will bring to life (and put in crisis) a series of seminal texts by contemporary philosophers, artists and other thinkers in different urban locations in Berlin. The workshop invites participants to put their bodies in service of a collective rehearsal, of a trial and error, of hypothesis making, and of a necessary process of collective unlearning.


Amaia Sanchez-Velasco and Jorge Valiente Oriol are artists, architects, researchers and educators. In 2011, they co-founded GRANDEZA STUDIO with Gonzalo Valiente in Madrid. Their work studies late-capitalist spaces and narratives to identify – through critical analysis – and challenge – through political imagination – the mechanisms that veil and normalize neoliberal violence. In 2019, the team co-directed the Australian pavilion for the XXII Triennale di Milano: “Teatro Della Terra Alienata”, which received the Golden Bee Award for the best international contribution. The work was acquired, in 2020, by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) for the museum’s permanent collection of Contemporary Design and Architecture. Grandeza’s work operates at the intersection of research, creative practice and pedagogy and has been widely published and exhibited in Germany (Bauhaus Dessau in 2014), USA (1st Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015); Chile (XX Chilean Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism in 2017, and Campus Creativo at Universidad Andrés Bello in 2022); Spain (XIV Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism in 2018, and Arts Santa Mònica in 2022); Italy (XXII Triennale di Milano in 2019); the Netherlands (Bureau Europa in 2019); and Australia (Mildura Arts Centre in 2016, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in 2017, Bank Art Museum Moree in 2018, Tin Sheds Gallery in 2018, Australian Design Centre in 2018, MADA Gallery in 2020, and National Gallery of Victoria in 2022).




Aurora vol. II. A Platform On Social Recipes, Filmmaking and Mutual Aid is a project of The Institute for Endotic Research (Shoufay Derz and Lorenzo Sandoval) in collaboration with Aouefa Amoussouvi with invited guests. It follows on from Aurora. A Platform on Ecology, Interdependence and Mutual Aid, initiated by Aouefa Amoussouvi, Benjamin T. Busch and Lorenzo Sandoval in June 2022.


“Aurora” is an interdisciplinary project that departs from the idea of mutual aid in order to better understand the connections between ecology and interdependence. Aurora, which stands for dawn, is among the most common symbols of hope. The project goes beyond criticism, proposing actionable strategies for imagining better futures. Aurora vol. II. hones in on the connections between methodologies of food culture, filmmaking and storytelling as much-needed tools for reshaping our present and future. It is a platform for our entangled narratives and the creation of commonalities with others across geographical distances and time.


As we move towards climate collapse at an accelerated rate, the practice of collaborative storytelling is a necessary response. Art historian Claire Bishop speaks about how filmmaking recognises the complexity of collaborative work by naming the various workers contributing to the realization of a project. Mutual aid is activated through the art practice of filmmaking both through its inherent organisational structures of production and through its narratives. In an age where screens are virtually ubiquitous, where devices enslave and entrap us in contemporary alienation, we are at the mercy of constant disinformation, emotional modulation and seduction so that capitalism can continue its metabolic absorption.


In this sense, Aurora Vol. II confronts screen culture through a programme of workshops, reading groups and seminars that seek to engender narratives of commonality, collaboration, interdependent working structures, mutual support and empathic spaces that allow us to develop strategies of solidarity. To find effective and sustainable responses, it is necessary to reimagine existing epistemological frameworks with an intersectional and interdependent approach. Presented from March to June 2023, the program prioritises collaborative production, therefore it facilitates the project’s aims of both understanding and practising mutual aid.

These events are free of charge, but registration is essential as spots are limited
If for any reason you cannot attend the event after registration, please cancel your tickets ASAP so that we can fill your place.
The health and safety of our community is our priority. Please do not attend this event if you are feeling unwell.
For the 2-day workshops: We recommend coming on both days. However, if you are only coming on one day, please indicate in your registration if you are only coming on one day and which one (day 1 or day 2).

Aurora vol. II. A Platform on Social Recipes, Filmmaking and Mutual Aid is supported by