Apr 12, 2018 — 18:00

Taraneh Fazeli - Calling in sick

→ABOUT: This is a bodily communication workshop oriented around storytelling about illness. Participants recollect experiences of feeling unwell or calling in sick to work within a set of linguistic, gestural, and haptic exercises, thereby considering how the language we tend to use around illness in various contexts (medical, professional, etc) shapes our experience of it. By experimenting with how to structure a ground for intimate and caring communication that recognizes rather than erases difference, new language can emerge that makes illness a collective matter rather than a private experience. Drawing from dialogic exercises structured to explore social group identity, as well as artworks and excerpts from illness memoirs, “Calling in Sick” will address what has become chronic through haptic encounters that invite intimacy.

→REGISTRATION: This event is free ($0) and open to all. Due to the intimate nature of this workshop, space is limited and registration is required by noon of April 12th 2018. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/calling-in-sick-tickets-44722186263

To help shape this workshop around your needs, we ask that when registering you please share 150 words/a few sentences detailing your interest in this subject to help us customize the workshop. Also include any access needs not addressed below (special seating, language translation e.g. Sign Language or non-English). We will do our best to support you. There will be basic low-allergy food available during the workshop, as well as water and tea.

→SHORT BIO: Taraneh Fazeli is a curator, researcher, editor, and educator from New York. Fazeli has investigated what it means to do institutional critique from within arts organizations, from her work at the meta-institution e-flux to the New Museum for Contemporary Art. Her practice engages art as a site for prefigurative politics, critical discourse, and somatic healing.

→ACCESS INFO: The entrance to Display is up two steps. The gallery space is in the basement. You can enter it through a staircase with 12 steps and 20 steps separated by a mezzanine. Upon request, you can access the space through the building and use the elevator. 9 steps lead to the elevator and a ramp is available. The elevator door is 80cm, the elevator depth is 200cm. The backdoor to the space is 80cm wide and has a 4cm threshold. There are three gender neutral bathrooms, one of them with a large cabin and two grab bars and 88cm wide door. We try to reduce scents in the space so as to accommodate people with multiple chemical sensitivity and chemical damage. We ask that visitors come fragrance-free. Events might be low light (without fluorescents). There is a variety of seating options available: folding chairs, cushions, blankets, yogamats and others. If you need to move around, twitch, pace, or other you are welcome here. Large format text options are available upon request. Water and tea are available upon request. Parking near Display is restricted to residents of Prague 2. The closest subway station is Karlovo Náměstí, which is not wheelchair accessible. The nearest wheelchair accessible subway station is Národní třída. Tram stops nearby are Palackého náměstí, Moráň and Jiráskovo náměstí. All events of Display are free and open to the public. For assistance please call +420 222 516 982 or ring the bell number 12 tranzitdisplay (access through 2 steps upon the building entrance).