Saturday Afternoon Conversation #1: Platform as Practice – Collaborative Organizing – Danspace Project
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Saturday Afternoon Conversation #1: Platform as Practice – Collaborative Organizing

day pulls down the sky album and book cover art. Original art by Ralph Lemon.

We are not able to accommodate any more advance reservations at this time. We encourage you to attend on Saturday, February 22, and we will do our best to find space for everyone. Thank you for your understanding!

Saturday, February 22, 12-5pm
Doors open 11:30am.
Please enter quietly.


This conversation takes place in the Parish Hall at St. Mark’s Church. See below for schedule & accessibility info.

Lydia Bell, Maura Donohue, Judy Hussie-Taylor, Kristin Juarez, Seta Morton, Okwui Okpokwasili, Cecilia Vicuña, Asiya Wadud, Eva Yaa Asantewaa, and others to be announced. With food installation by Spiral Theory Test Kitchen: Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Quori Theodor & Precious Okoyomon.

This series of long form conversations unfolds over four Saturday afternoons during PLATFORM 2020: Utterances from the Chorus. They will allow for different ways to gather, talk, and share practice. Curators, artists, audience, writers, scholars, friends and family will take this slow time to process the lines of inquiry guiding the Platform to come together, across disciplines.

To open the day, writer-curator Eva Yaa Asantewaa will invite participants to form a circle of light and voices, building from quiet to a fabric of sound formed by the interweaving of names of ancestors and ourselves.

Please note: all times are approximate.

11:30am: Parish Hall Opens (Please enter the space quietly)

12pm: Opening Ritual, Eva Yaa Asantewaa  

12:15pm: Trembling Archive, Kristin Juarez 

12:20pm: Land Acknowledgment and Platform Introduction, Okwui Okpokwasili  

1pm: 10th Anniversary of The Platforms & Collaborative Inquiry: Lydia Bell, Maura Donohue, Judy Hussie-Taylor, Kristin Juarez, Seta Morton, and Okwui Okpokwasili

2-2:15pm: Programmatic Pause

2:15pm: Cecilia Vicuña

2:45pm: Asiya Wadud

3:15pm: Spiral Theory Test Kitchen

3:30-5pm: Publication Launch/Album Release Party

This opening day will end with a toast to three public releases:
day pulls down the sky, The debut vinyl album from Okwui Okpokwasili;
day pulls down the sky / a filament in gold leaf, a book collaboration between Asiya Wadud and Okwui Okpokwasili;
PLATFORM 2020: Utterances From The Chorus, Volume I, The Platform 2020 Catalogue

Food and edible art installation by Spiral Theory Test Kitchen:
Light snacks will be offered throughout the day and an edible art installation by Spiral Theory Test Kitchen will be on display. If you have food sensitivities or allergies please proceed with caution. If you have airborne allergies please let us know, Thank you.

Accessibility: Danspace Project’s main entrance is wheelchair accessible via a ramp. The Parish Hall is accessible through the 11th street doors via one (8 inch high) step or a (28.5 inch wide) temporary ramp with assistance from our staff. Please request the use of the temporary ramp, ahead of the event date. All gender bathrooms are accessible via a stairway (24 steps that are all  7.5 inches high). A same-level, one stall restroom is available near Danspace Project’s main performance space in the church Sanctuary. The doorway of that bathroom is 33 inches wide. There is a small corridor to pass through when moving between the Sanctuary and Parish Hall, the narrowest corner of this corridor is 29 inches wide. 

CART (Communication access real-time captioning) will be provided.

Part of PLATFORM 2020: Utterances from the Chorus


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