Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17. Workshop: Recipes for Remembering: An essay-filmmaking workshop . Nnenna Onuhoa

Nnenna Onuhoa
Title: Recipes for Remembering: An essay-filmmaking workshop 
Dates: Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March  17
Time: 16:00 – 20:00

Food is intimately bound to our memories: and the taste, smell and texture of a dish has the powerful ability to recall nostalgic moments. Between art and documentary, the essay-film, known for its self-reflectivity, is a particularly rich genre for exploring the past. In this workshop, we will put these three things together: creating short (2-5min) essay films about foods that have had particular salience for us. On Day 1: participants will present their food + memory ideas, and then be introduced to the history and theory of the essay film, as well as the practice of cellphone cinematography. On Day 2, participants will present and get feedback on early cuts of their material within the group, as well as be introduced to basic editing techniques. For this workshop, please bring: 1) a food-related memory to explore in your short project; 2) a cellphone with camera and microphone for Day 1; and  3) a laptop with editing software for Day 2, the free version of DaVinci Resolve is recommended.

Nnenna Onuoha is a Ghanaian-Nigerian moving image artist and researcher based in Berlin, Germany. Her research explores monumental silences surrounding the histories and afterlives of colonialism across West Africa, Europe and the United States. At its core, her  work asks: How do we remember, which pasts do we choose to perform, and why? Centering Afrodiasporic voices, her practice revolves around processes of collective re-membering: putting the past together limb by limb. A second strand of her work focuses on archiving Black experience in the present to understand how, amidst all of this, we practice care and repair for each other. She has exhibited at alpha nova & galerie futura, the Brucke-museum, KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Galerie im Turm. Nnenna is currently a doctoral student in Media Anthropology at Harvard University, and Global History at Universität Potsdam.

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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