Syllabus IV will be at Spike Island, Bristol during the weekend of 6–9 December. Please note we have selected the participants for Syllabus IV.

Syllabus IV artists Scott Caruth, Libita Clayton, Jessica Coleman, Bettina Fung, Laura Hindmarsh, Beth Kettel, David Lisser, Alicja Rogalska, Kirsty Russell and Abigail Sidebotham are visiting Bristol for their second retreat with the theme 'Strategies of Resilience'.


The group are beginning the retreat by visiting a sauna, before convening at Spike Island for a day of workshops and planning with partners and artistic advisors Sonya Dyer and Helen Nisbet. In the afternoon the group will visit Caraboo before a dinner, hosted by East Bristol Contemporary.


The group will relocate to a farmhouse for the rest of the weekend, where they will be joined by Andrea Luka Zimmermann for day-long workshop.


The group will be joined by Hamish MacPherson for a day of physical workshops.


Hamja Ahasan, Shy Radicals: The Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert,(Second Edition, 2018, Bookworks, London) 

Audre Lorde, "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action", Paper delivered at the Modern Language Association's "Lesbian and Literature Panel," Chicago, Illinois, December 28, 1977. First published in Sinister Wisdom 6 (1978) and The Cancer Journals (Spinsters, Ink, San Francisco , 1980).


Andrea Luka Zimmerman is an artist, film maker and cultural activist, exploring an often unexpected intersection of public and private memory, in particular in relation to structural and political violence.

Andrea's films have been nominated for the Grierson Award, The Aesthetica Art Prize, the Golden Orange, the Jarman Award, and the Glashuette original documentary award at the Berlin Film Festival (2017). Exhibitions and projects include Civil Rites, London Open, Whitechapel Gallery (2018), Tyneside Cinema Gallery, Newcastle, UK, (2017/18) Common Ground, Spike Island, Bristol (2017), Real Estates (co-curated with David Roberts), PEER with LUX, London (2015). Andrea is the co-founder of the artists' collective Fugitive Images and was the winner of the Artangel Open Award 2014 for the collaborative work Cycle with Adrian Jackson (Cardboard Citizens).

The artist's films include Erase and Forget (2017, 88mins) an inquiry into the nature of human conscience and the limits of deniability, which premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival and in the UK at the London Film festival. Estate, a Reverie (2015, 83mins) tracks the passing of the Haggerston Estate in East London and the utopian promise of social housing it once offered, with a spirited celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity. Taskafa, Stories of the Street (2013, 66mins) explores resistance and co-existence through the lives of the street dogs of Istanbul and is voiced by John Berger. Andrea has made several commissioned short films for Film & Video Umbrella, Channel 4's Random Acts and Tintype Gallery. Andrea is also a founding member of Vision Machine (collaborators on Academy Award® nominated feature documentary The Look of Silence).

Andrea grew up on a large council estate and left school at 16 and after moving to London in 1991, and later studied at Central Saint Martins for a PhD.

Hamish MacPherson I am a London-based choreographer. I use performances, workshops, larps, games and other things to create environments for people to think, learn and be together. These structures are often decentralised and self-organising, combining physical activity and conversation and have dealt with themes like somatic citizenship, resentment, care and the future. My work somehow reflects my positions as a white European, able-bodied, heterosexual cismale. I have an MRes in Choreography and Performance from Roehampton University and an MA in Human Ethics and Global Values from Kings College, London.

For a while I’ve been thinking about care as an aesthetic, choreographic and political practice. As a negotiation of constantly fluctuating needs, capacities and interests. I am particularly interested in care that is disengaged, hostile, reluctant or otherwise complicated and problematic. Another line of enquiry of mine is THIS MOVEMENT, looking into literal and metaphorical movements. It takes different forms for example talks, interviews, workshops and interventions.