DIY 2020 – Charlie Ashwell: Restless Study

Restless Study will be a space for people to study which privileges restlessness and distraction over focus and concentration. We will generate, manipulate and circulate objects of study, including text, conversation, image, action, movement, and beyond. We will throw off the shackles of goal-oriented education to reclaim study as a vital, liberatory mode of being in dialogue with others.

This DIY is run in partnership with ICA London.

About the workshop

Restless Study exceeds the institution, privileges the common, is radically open-ended, is forever in dialogue, and is tilted towards the insurgent and the revolutionary. It is restless because we are restless: fed up of knowledge creation being weighed down by privatised debt, atomisation, depression and anxiety. We want our study back and we want it now!

This DIY will be for anyone who has conflicted feelings about study, and who wants to explore alternative modes of thinking and doing for-its-own-sake, between and beyond the realms of education and artistic practice. You might be: a one-time student, a doubtful lecturer, a frustrated artist, a secret theorist, a blocked-up writer, a high-school dropout, a wannabe insurgent, a tongue-tied activist, or just someone who wants to study, with others, for pleasure.

Dates and location

Thursday 25th – Saturday 27th February, 10am – 5:30pm, ICA London.

Note on Covid-19: This DIY will have a maximum of 16 participants and will take place in the ICA Theatre (capacity of 60 socially distanced), with social distancing and safety measures in place. Participants will sign an agreement at the start of the project (and circulated in advance) detailing their commitment to social distancing and safety measures. For more information on ICA’s Covid-19 safety measures see here.

Note on access: The ICA Theatre is wheelchair accessible, via a lift, and there is an accessible toilet next to the main entrance. Gender neutral toilets are available. There will be flexible seating arrangements provided throughout the workshop, including chairs and comfortable cushions on the floor. The DIY will include regular scheduled breaks. Charlie will be in dialogue with participants regarding specific access needs in advance of the DIY. For full access details at the ICA see here.

Note on money: There is some money available to contribute to a limited number of participants’ travel costs. This will be negotiated at the earliest opportunity once participants have been notified of their place on the DIY. Unfortunately there are not sufficient funds to cover participants’ accommodation: participants based outside of London will need to arrange and cover the cost of their own accommodation in London.

How to apply

Follow this link and answer the following questions in whatever way you wish: you can write something in the box below, submit images using the portal below or send a voice recording or video using WeTransfer to [email protected]

– How do you feel about studying and why?

– What do you feel restless to study? This might be a question or phenomenon to do with art, politics, science or culture. Or it might be a vague hunch/ hypothesis/ theory that you’ve never quite articulated.

– Please provide a link to some more information about you and/ or your work: this could be a website, a social media page, a video or a google doc with some info/ images.

About the artist

Charlie Ashwell is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, dramaturg and producer. They make and perform their own works, as well as help other people make their work, most recently as dramaturg and producer with Seke Chimutengwende and Es Morgan. For the last 4 years, they have taught dance technique, choreography and improvisation at the University of Roehampton, where their teaching practice focuses on dialogue, autonomy and imagination. www.charlieashwell.com.

For more information please contact: [email protected]

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