Call 2: Working sustainably internationally

Relationships are at the foundation of cultures. To address working internationally in the arts now, I would tackle interpersonal communications.

What aspect of sustainable international work concerns you?

Working internationally involves many things, but I'm concerned with communication. Diversity, equity, inclusion, sustainability, & care rely on it.

Description

As an artist who studied Dance and Communication Studies at Northwestern University and as a researcher examining relationships between masculinity, feminism, and the body, I am developing practices to focus our attention on translation - that is, tracing movements across media and between registers of human communication (e.g. verbal and nonverbal). Concretely, with support from a scholarship from The Flemish Authorities, I am engaged in performative reading circles that research and reflect on possibilities for linguistic expression. In response to this call, I think it would be valuable to explore reading, writing, and moving (e.g. body mind centering) practices and materials together, so we can think about how we relate to others in essential, human ways. For though we are a mobile international community that is intersectional and increasingly inter- or transdisciplinary, I find it important to track and examine how we traverse borders between bodies, places & spaces, so we develop methods or channels of communication with care.

How can your idea or proposal have an impact on international practice within or with Flanders and Brussels and beyond?

We never really know the repercussions of our actions, but the world can change in important ways right now, and I think that what happens in Flanders and in Brussels has an important influence on the international art world. So, in this collective attempt to create and extend robust, durable practices that sustain complex, sometimes volatile dynamics, we must look carefully at when, why, and how we communicate with each other. Currently, we are encouraged or expected to produce and compete, so speed, efficiency, and a host of other things close us off and focus us in. If we slow down, however, and we prioritize individual expression and interpersonal communication, we can build systems and practices that extend beyond ourselves and maybe also bring us a new sense of trust, care, opportunity, and support. Borders between us are permeable, but they're not always open, so I humbly believe that we make a huge impact already by undergirding our connections. It is these that will make us resilient, responsive human agents now.

Do you have the time to commit to online meetings with an international working group on a regular basis (e.g. monthly) starting in May 2021, for a period of max. 1 Year?

Ja

Time

I prefer times during the day and during the week, but my schedule is flexible.

Do you have access to a stable internet connection for online meetings?

Ja

What time zone are you in?

CET-Central European Time-UTC +1

Which languages do you speak and understand?

Frans, Engels, Spaans

Contact details

Kevin Fay, kevin.m.fay@gmail.com