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Hotel Maria Kapel
On International Workers' Day, artist Katherine MacBride presents working on/working through/working with, a mix for indoor listening, in collaboration with Louise Shelley and The Voice of Domestic Workers, and Taraneh Fazeli.
This broadcast brings together fragments of the text ‘Labour of Love’ by curator Taraneh Fazeli, sound recordings made by curator Louise Shelley and support network and campaign organisation The Voice of Domestic Workers, and sonic materials from artist Katherine MacBride’s research into a mix that invokes connective listening.
This event concludes Katherine MacBride’s residency at HMK (Hotel Maria Kapel in Hoorn, The Netherlands), which was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. In place of an event at HMK, Katherine presents parts of her research through this listening session presented together with Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee.
Katherine MacBride’s presentation concludes the research chapter ‘Work’ within HMK’s 2020 programme ‘Slow Burn’. The programme examines care within the context of small institutions and asks how we can build practices and spaces of care within the limits of an exploitative system, with which we are all complicit.
Taraneh Fazeli is a curator and educator from New York. Based in an ethic of care emerging from disability justice that values interdependencies and dependencies, her traveling exhibition “Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism’s Temporal Bullying” brings together artists and community groups to counter the over-valorization of independence in American society and examine how racialized global capitalism has produced debility in many populations while, at the same time, creating bureaucratic infrastructures that support very few people.
Louise Shelley is a London-based curator whose practice has recently included “Structures that Cooperate” at Cubitt, London, a fifteen-month programme departing from Cubitt’s position as an artist-run cooperative. She was previously Curator of Collaborative Projects Curator at The Showroom, London, where she ran “Communal Knowledge”—a series of collaborative projects activating approaches to critical engagement with The Showroom’s neighbourhood.
The Voice of Domestic Workers is an education and support group run by and for migrant domestic workers, calling for justice and rights for Britain’s sixteen thousand migrant domestic workers. They provide educational and community activities for domestic workers - including English language lessons, drama and art classes, and employment advice, and provide support for domestic workers who exit from abusive employers. Their work seeks to end discrimination and protect migrant domestic workers living in the UK by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare and legal advice.
For further context, please have a look at the extensive broadcast notes - with references and information about the sounds included.