15-17 April
Studio Voltaire, London

Studio Voltaire has invited artist Rehana Zaman to lead the sixth retreat in our Syllabus programme. 

The Syllabus: Studio Voltaire

The retreat, entitled 'On Group Work', is led by Zaman and will attend to how we work with others reflecting on questions of presence and notions of relation. Reference will be made to opacity, collaboration, participation, the roles we play and who or what is implied by the term ‘we’. Over the course of the weekend we will make use of immediate events, texts and films to examine the complexity of what it means to work with others. Some reading materials include extracts from Poetics of Relation by Édouard Glissant, Lies Volume II: A Journal of Materialist Feminism, and Experiences in Groups by W. R. Bion.

Rehana Zaman is an artist based in London working with moving image and performance. Her work considers the interplay of multiple social dynamics that constitute subjects along particular socio-political formations. These narrative based artworks, often deadpan and neurotic, are generated through conversation and collaboration with others.

Friday 15 April. IMT Gallery

5:00-8:30. The retreat begins with selected crits hosted by IMT gallery where Syllabus artist Mathew Parkin has a solo exhibition currently showing entitled I Believe in You. Led by Andy Holden, Rehana Zaman and Deputy Director of Studio Voltaire Mat Jenner will also be in attendance. This will be followed by dinner.

Saturday 16 April. Studio Voltaire with Mat Jenner, Rehana Zaman, Shama Khanna

9.00 – 9.30 Breakfast at Studio Voltaire
9.30 – 11.15 Session 1: I, I and I Practical workshop and discussion
11.15 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 13.30 Session 2: I, you, they Practical workshop and discussion
15.00 – 16.30 Sharon Hayes in conversation with Mason Leaver Yap
16.30 – 18.00 Social (all welcome)
18.00 - late The Peculiar People PV at Focal Point Gallery (optional)

Sunday 17 April. Lux with Mat Jenner, Rehana Zaman and Shama Khanna

10.15 – 10.45 Coffee at Café Oto
11.00 – 13.00 Session 1: Close reading Glissant *Please bring an image/object/ clip triggered by the reading*
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch from Evin café at LUX
14.00 – 16.30 Session 2: Film screening, discussion and Syllabus amnesty
16.30 – 18.00 Drink at The Railway with Gareth Bell Jones, curator Flat Time House, on Anti University and his work on the Escalator retreat programme whilst a previous curator at Wysing

Please note that we have selected the participants for this year's The Syllabus programme.

The Syllabus II artists have also been selected and the first retreat will be held in September 2016.

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