Movement Medicine: Roots and Routes
About the event
Remembering & activating ancestral, diasporic & migrant knowledges that sustain us & the movements we are part of, with Migrants in Culture
- Sunday 15 Jan, 1-4.30pm GMT
- Sunday 22 Jan, 1-4.30pm GMT
‘you remember the dreams and the brightness, the truths. you remember the entrance the closeness the route to the place we now glow. you remember the way and the want and the loss. you remember the distance, the pull and the cost. you remember remembering and jolt and toss. don’t forget what you know.’ – alex pauline gumbs ‘Dub FInding Ceremony’
Roots & Routes is a workshop on remembering and activating ancestral, diasporic and migrant knowledges that sustain us and the movements we are part of.
We will experience a guided meditation inspired by water, individually explore how we take root and re-route, and collectively play with writing and fabrics to bring into language wisdom and strategies that enrich our movements.
Please wear warm comfortable clothes.
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About Migrants in Culture
Migrants in Culture is a migrant-led design agency, made up of artists, designers, researchers and organisers with experiences of migration, diaspora and racialisation. Our vision is to build our radical imagination and capacity to live without borders, and our mission is to design by any creative medium necessary. For Roots and Routes, MiC will be collaborating with Nicola Singh, a performance artist and experimental vocalist. D focuses on embodied and ritual practice, often using South Asian philosophies to explore notions and experiences of collective healing, liberation and decolonisation.
About the Facilitators
Diana Damian Martin is a writer, educator and researcher. Her work sits at the intersection between performance and political theory, philosophy and migration. It concerns alternative critical epistemologies and queer and feminist modes of exchange, interventionist and political performance and the ecological and representational poetics of migration, with a distinct focus on Eastern Europe. She is co-host of Department of Feminist Conversations, an open collective exploring feminist gathering and exchange, and Critical Interruptions, a Serbo-Romanian critical cooperative. She is a member of practice research collective Generative Constraints and action group Migrants in Culture, and works as a Senior Lecturer in Performance Arts at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Nicola Singh is an artist based in Newcastle. Her practice is rooted in performance and is made in response to contexts of location and place, encounter and dialogue, feelings and chance. She continues to find ways of writing via performance and through experiments in pedagogy and is interested in the organisation of language around the body and in relation to the voice. Nicola has performed and exhibited at venues nationally and internationally, including Glasgow Film Theatre of LUX and LUX Scotland, 2017, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art – BALTIC 39, Newcastle, 2017, and New Art Centre Boston, USA, 2016. Forthcoming work includes projects with Jerwood Visual Arts, Workplace Gallery Gateshead and Eastside Projects, 2017–2018, all part of the 3-Phase award and a solo show at Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, 2018.
Joon Lynn Goh is a cultural organiser and producer, working across art and culture, migrant movements and community economies, to explore creative shifts from extractive to regenerative ways of living. Joon Lynn is founding organiser of Migrants in Culture, a network of culture workers organising towards open border futures; and co-founder of Sex With Cancer, a cancer patient led inquiry into illness and intimacy. Joon Lynn co-initiated Tools to Transform, a project led by Asia-Art-Activism. Joon Lynn is currently a Civic Futures Fellow 2021 with the Greater London Authority, and has previously been recipient of Migrants Organise and UNHCR’s Champion of the Year, Women on the Move Award 2016, Live Art UK Diverse Actions Leadership Bursary 2017, and declined an MBE (Member of the British Empire, Queen’s Honour list) for Services to Equality in 2019.