Sandi Hilal and Pelin Tan join Malek and Matt to discuss alternative pedagogies of unlearning in Palestine, Lebanon, Turkey, and within refugee spaces in Europe and the Middle East. Together we talk about questioning our social coexistences, decolonization, conflict, and care. How and where do we learn new ethical and artistic practices amidst collapse, as our relationships to infrastructure and institutions change within moments of rupture? We speak about the contested meanings of public and private space in a colonial context; the need for designing self-organized autonomous infrastructures to cultivate free thought; and the intifada as both a pedagogical practice and a producer of new forms of knowledge. What does it mean to have a collective creative praxis, “one that is not grounded in practices of empathy, but rather in the knitting of the commons”? How does our work intervene in built environments, and create new spaces from which to speak?
Urgent Pedagogies: https://urgentpedagogies.iaspis.se/
Campus in Camps: http://www.campusincamps.ps/
Decolonizing Architecture Art Research: https://www.decolonizing.ps/
Arazi Assembly: http://araziassembly.org/
Sandi Hilal is an architect, artist and educator. She is currently the Co-Director of DAAR, Decolonizing Architecture Art Research, an architectural and art collective that she co-founded in 2007 with Alessandro Petti and Eyal Weizman, in Beit Sahour, Palestine. Sandi is the initiator of the living room project, a series of spaces of hospitality that have the potential to subvert the role of guest and host, and to activate the rights of temporary people to host and not to eternally be a guest. She co-founded Campus in Camps in 2012, an experimental educational program hosted in Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem with the aim to overcome conventional educational structures by creating a space for critical and grounded knowledge production connected to greater transformations and the democratization of society. Her latest publication Permanent Temporariness (Art and Theory, Stockholm 2019), co-authored with Alessandro Petti, is a book, a catalog, and an archive that accounts for 15 years of research and experimentation, and creation that are marked by an inner tension and a visionary drive that re-thinks itself through collective engagement. Hilal co-authored with Alessandro Petti and Eyal Weizman the book Architecture after Revolution (Sternberg, Berlin 2014) an invitation to rethink today’s struggles for justice and equality not only from the historical perspective of revolution, but also from that of a continued struggle for decolonization.
Pelin Tan is a sociologist and art historian based in Turkey. Tan is a curator of Urgent Pedagogies in design&art by IASPIS (Stockholm), and collaborates with artist Anton Vidokle on essay films about the future society. She is a member of the Arazi Assembly based in Mardin.
--“Camps as Trans-Local Commons” - Pelin Tan, 2017: https://conversations.e-flux.com/t/refugee-heritage-conversations-pelin-tan-camps-as-trans-local-commons/6760
--“The Question of Collectivity: Dispossession, Surplus, Commons” - Pelin Tan, 2019: http://collectioncollective.art/text/the-question-of-collectivity-dispossession-surplus-commons
--“A Conversation with Pelin Tan: Field as entanglement and transversal methodology” - Ishita Sharma, 2020: https://topologicalatlas.net/blog/a-conversation-with-pelin-tan-on-studying-place-as-a-constellation
--“Planetary Migration under Anthropocene: Crisis and Solidarity “- Pelin Tan, 2020: http://migrazine.at/artikel/planetary-migration-under-anthropocene-crisis-and-solidarity