Welcome To Our Guesthouse #7: Take Me Apart

za 9 dec 13:00 - 17:30
  • 9 dec
    13:00 - 17:30
    TR8 William Boothlaan, Rotterdam
    Hele Gebouw

Saturday 9 December at 13:00 we present a specially curated day program! In today’s society full of failing systems and contradicting ways of seeing the world, we ask ourselves: What tools do we have and can we offer as creative community to deconstruct, rethink, remake and repair what is so broken in our societies? In this spirit, inspired by the deconstructive practices of the three resident artists: Cherish Menzo, Joshua Serafin and Djuwa Mroivili, we created an additional context program: Take Me Apart. An afternoon consisting of lectures, workshops and talks. 

With Take Me Apart we offer practices and ideas that can help us deconstruct our ways of thinking, making, doing and perhaps, being. We invite a series of makers and thinkers with practices centered around deconstruction.  

What you can expect (click on names for more info)
After an introduction by Kopano Maroga, Nicole Geertruida and Mathieu Charles, we will witness a talk by multidisciplinary artist and film maker Hoda Siahtiri about her ongoing research into audiovisual forms for transforming and embodying the songs of resistance and everyday life of the nomadic Bakhtiari women of Iran. After a short break, we are invited to a sharing practice and workshop with transdisciplinary artist Isiah Lopaz. To the end of the day, we will share and discuss various practices of deconstruction from the perspectives of art, communications science, media and wellness in a panel conversation with, amongst others Mabel Zwaan (journalist/philospher and activist) and Rosa Opstelten, board member and boxtrainer of Queer Gym and vitality therapist.
This program is in English, if you need some support in that kindly let us know when you arrive.   

About the program

Discursive intervention with Hoda Siahtiri
Hoda Siahtiri is a multidisciplinary artist and researcher based in Brussels. She conducts a PhD research at Sint-Lucas Antwerp on the singing tradition of Bakhtiari women in the west of Iran. Hoda's work centres on memory, grief and ancestral vocal heritage. During “Take Me Apart” we invite Hoda to share a talk about her artistic-research into connecting to embodied archives through voice, lamentation and collective practices of grief. 

Sharing practice and workshop with Isaiah Lopaz  

Isaiah Lopaz is a transdisciplinary artist who works with photography, text, collage and performance. During this workshop, Isaiah will share his artistic practice in capturing both the everyday and political lives of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) through the practical writing and research practices of BIPOC. This workshop is open to all people who are interested in deconstructing their way of thinking through the practice of writing from the basis of practices from BIPOC. This workshop centers the voices, perspectives, and experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. This is a space for sharing practice, learning and unlearning.

Panel Conversation and Q&A  
In the panel conversation we dive deeper into the practices of the invited experts, and their experience with deconstructing dominant images and reshaping them through their respective practices of art, communication science, media and fitness. As Theater Rotterdam we are interested in how these practices of deconstruction also sheds a light on our own ambitions to make space for practices from the non-dominant canon and discourse.   

Panel Conversation member: Rosa Opstelten
Rosa (they/she) is board member and boxtrainer of Queer Gym, and has their own practice as vitality therapist. In their work they explore what it means to live in- and with a body that moves outside and beyond the binary. She challenges the practice of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to create a space of joy, queerness and fulfillment. 

Panel Conversation member: Mabel Zwaan
 Mabel Zwaan is a 27-year-old journalist, philosopher, and media ethicist from Tilburg. She specializes in ethically reporting on sexual violence, covering marginalized groups, and the issue of journalistic objectivity.

Program schedule Take Me Apart
12.45 – 13.00 walk-in  
13.00 – 13.10 Intro by Kopano Maroga, Mathieu Charles & Nicole Geertruida   
13.10 – 14.00 Discursive intervention and Q&A with Hoda Siahtiri 
14.00 – 14.10 Break 
14.10 – 16.15 Workshop with Isaiah Lopaz  
16.15– 16.30 Break 
16.30– 17.45 Panel Conversation and Q&A  
17.45 – 19.00 Break 
19.00-19:30 Walk-in for evening program
19.00-22.00 TRACK: Welcome to our Guesthouse #7 
22.00-00.30 Afterparty with DJ Nawa Sira


Welcome To Our Guesthouse #7
Click here for more info about this year's edition of Track: Welcome To Our Guesthouse


Rosa Opstelten

Panel conversation member

Mabel Zwaan

Panel conversation member

Hoda Siahtiri

maker Discursive Intervention

Isaiah Lopaz

Sharing practice and workshop