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Protocols of Co-Living

Outdoor view of Refuge in the Means, Canaries, 2016 at Recess, New York.

Seminar: Protocols of Co-living

Protocols of Co-living is a simulation organised by the postmaster Collective Practice in collaboration with the collective Calling Cards. In an art school situated on an island, students, teachers and the administration decide to together write their rules of co-living. Reflecting on the insularity of art, the actual location of the Royal Institute of Art, and on the many forms of daily violence happening around them, they consider this process of collective writing as a way to imagine a society where diversity, cooperation, sharing and sustainability would be the core values.

The Protocols of Co-living Seminar introduces the background of the project through presentations by compliance expert Piergiorgio Pepe on code of conduct in art schools, curator Taraneh Fazeli on structural discrimination and Calling Cards, followed by collective conversation moderated by students of the postmaster course.

Calling Card is inspired by artist Adrian Piper’s performance 1986-90 designed to confront racism with peers and friends. In the spirit of this approach, we seek to discuss how to continue the process of addressing how we can hold space to have meaningful exchange about our work environment and our collective spaces and resources at KKH – specifically in terms of structural inequality, both within our house and how this relates to society at large.

Taraneh Fazeli is an Iranian-American curator and writer living between Waawiiatanong/Detroit and Lenapehoking/Brooklyn. In 2016, after a decade working at NYC-based arts organizations such as Artforum, e-flux, Triple Canopy, and The New Museum, she became an independent curator working primarily through residency programs. She teaches at the City College of New York, lectures widely, and has written for publications including Artforum, Art in America, Hyperallergic, and Flash Art.

Piergiorgio Pepe (he/him) is a Paris- and Αthens-based ethics practitioner and art collector. Through his advisory firm Quantum Ethics, he has advised companies and institutions on ethics and compliance programs since 2018. From 2005 to 2018, he worked as an ethics officer in the healthcare industry. Before then, he worked for 10 years as a senior EU lawyer for an international city law firm in London. He also regularly teaches courses on business ethics and ethics in the art sector. Piergiorgio has been collecting art with his partner Iordanis Kerenidis since 2006.

The seminar is moderated by students of the postmaster Collective Practices:

Denise Araouzou (she/her) Following studies in History of Art, over the years, her interests have expanded into research-based practices that explore architectural theory, urban studies, critical pedagogies, blue humanities, ethnoecology, post-growth and deep ecology. Based on her experience thus far, time-based media, socio-politically engaged practices, and collaborations best describe her work as a curator, researcher, and aspiring gardener. In addition to Symbiotic Organisations, she is also studying an MA in Education for Sustainable Development.

Nicola Chemotti (he/him) is an interdisciplinary cultural practitioner and book designer. He is the co-founder of Evening Class, an experiment in self-organised education based in London, a space where participants can cultivate common interests, develop research and collectively decide the class’s programme. He teaches publishing and graphic design at ISIA in Urbino (Italy).

Daniela Fernández Rodríguez (she/her) is a Stockholm-based Cuban-italian independent curator, art critic and art historian specialized in Caribbean and Latino American art. Her main research is focused on the intersection of art, socio-political engagement and critical pedagogies with an interest in developing sustainable site-specific projects. Her independent projects address research-based practices that explore the limitations of artivismo and new formats of political and citizen emancipation within non-democratic contexts.