White Vinegar Workshop revolves around the quote from leading New York Artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles “After the revolution, who’s going to pick up the garbage on Monday morning?”. We are inviting applications from artists, cleaners, writers, activists and others to a four-day online workshop to observe and interrogate the iconic act of cleaning; revealing this as a socio-political action through performance art and self-documentation.
This DIY is run in partnership with Lancaster Arts.
Who is cleaning today? What are we cleaning? What are the aesthetics of cleanliness? What does cleaning mean for our physical and mental health, on a personal and social level? To be clean, uncontaminated or disinfected has been an aim globally in order to fight the spread of Covid-19, so, what does it mean to be clean in a post-pandemic world?
We will start from the premise that we need to clean our filters to be able to see outside. After exploring the different connotations – metaphorical and literal – of cleanliness,we will each focus on our own ‘window’ as a site-specific framework. We will examine the materiality of the site; lighting, sound, location, time, weather and view, and this will act as a canvas. Finally, each participant will respond to a brief developed through the workshop to perform #cleanyourwindow.
The workshop will take place over four days through online meetings, comprising two hours each afternoon. The first two days will start with research-led interrogations; we are going to explore the themes outlined above through artworks and texts that reference cleaning as a performative action. We will then enter into a joint discussion about personal experiences of cleaning, and the final two days will be practice-based, using site-specific performance to produce a documented outcome for each participant.
6–9 October (each day from 2pm & 4pm)
Your window. This aperture in a wall/roof/door has been a crucial site within the lockdown experience, becoming a socio-political frame. The window has been a vital link and connection to the outside, as well as a communication display — a place to keep people’s voices and presence alive in the neighbourhood. In line with this, the workshops are taking place online with the computer screen constituting another window.
If you would like to participate, please complete this short application form which asks the following questions:
Video applications are also accepted and should be sent via WeTransfer to [email protected] and [email protected]
José García Oliva is a Venezuelan-Spanish artist based in London. His practice navigates the collision of social identity, place and labour. His practice is research-led and situated, taking the form of participatory performance, installation, print and drawing.
He has worked in an interdisciplinary and collaborative scheme for participatory art projects, public interventions, teaching and organising workshops, working alongside with Fussée de détresse, Brussels; Arlington House, London; RCA Summer Courses; Seven Sister Market; Justice4Grenfell and so on. He is currently working on an ongoing project commissioned by The Cleaners & Allied Independent Workers Union (CAIWU). More info, visit: josegarciaoliva.com.
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