From late July into early August of 2019, the W.E.R.K. series will present divergent programming at Ponderosa. The programming that forms W.E.R.K. (We Explore Radical Kinship) will provide opportunities for various explorations of radical kinship, will highlight intersectional politics, and will create spaces for those of us on the periphery.
The following events will be part of the W.E.R.K. series:
22.–27. July, 2019:
Color Block · Facilitated by Joy Mariama Smith
This unique event creates a space held by and for people of color to work play and experiment around ideas of performance, improvisation, and activism.
29. July–1. August, 2019:
RAR (Radical Abundance Ruckus) · Curated by Joy Mariama Smith and Alicia Grant · With offerings by Zwoisy Mears-Clarke, Folami Bayode, Natalie Igor Dobkin, and Ambrita Sunshine
Shifting our focus and sharing practices around Radical Abundance. Leaving behind the notion that we must work in an economy of scarcity.
2.–4. August, 2019:
Tipping Utopia Un-conference · Hosted by Stephanie Maher and Joy Mariama Smith · Catalysed by Peter Pleyer, Shelley Etkin, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Mad Kate, Manu Cascales, Thomas F. De Frantz, and more
An un-conference is any event where the agenda is set by those who attend. The rules of an un-conference are simple: ditch expectation and don’t try to control the experience.
W.E.R.K.: Thoughts on radical kinship
Some thoughts about radical kinship, from participants in the W.E.R.K. series:
radical kinship makes me think of:
leaning into difference
[yes, Black from DRC not like me-Black from Midwest USA]
queer leaning toward straight
[not away the way I do at home]
how can we be together, here?
we ask. we lean. we lean in.
this is the practice.
Thomas F. DeFrantz
I think radical kinship is ... forming and holding communities ... made of unique intersectional individuals who work and struggle together, each of us with special and differing needs. It is about forming chosen families to create spaces of empowerment, lifting each other up, supporting each other in our "failures" and in our contradictions. It is about choosing to work across our struggles and differences and to hold space for disagreement. It is to share work, grief, joy and reproductive labor together. It is about active listening and active negotiation of the space that we personally take up and the space that we create for others.