This project was created during summer school: Shared Campus Rivers. Jugular Veins of Empire
-Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
– Kyoto Seika University (SEIKA)
– University of the Arts London (UAL)
– Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
This summer school uses the River Thames and other bodies of water as a point of departure for a decolonised reimagining of our cities and their potential futures. It will be participatory and generative, culminating in an exhibition/presentation that explores
how socially-engaged art practices provoke awareness of our cities and their connections.
This three-week summer school will use the Thames as a starting point for a decolonised reimagining of our
cities’ potential. Students will engage in practical skill-sharing workshops exploring interconnections between movement/temporality, translation/language, and past/present. Participatory and generative, the programme will culminate in an exhibition or presentation exploring how socially engaged art provokes awareness of the fluidity of city spaces.
Greetings from: the boundaries have kept you safe for far too long now my child break free, o’ weathered soul from the words that tie you down to books curated by people who look so different from yours who said your history was myth and fiction as they weren’t in record lost in this urban whirlwind you are a marker wherever you go for a land once fallen prey to the predator of a man’s ego they gather at the grave of your history and announce their dedication to revival but flimsy is all it really is built on shallow understandings of themselves dark and overwhelming your crisis of identity may be but watch how your leaves grow they appear once you start to believe
believe in a world of change despite it not being there yet plant that root of trust that we will eventually succeed come, and join us all hand in hand we shall stand a common goal to unite the seven continuous masses of land take charge of the history we tell take back power that doesn’t belong erase all your misgivings of race, religion, and all forget uniformity, forget singularity intertwined, we reach for each other for we are many layers a formation of one humanity the sun sets, and colours bathe our world a cohesive clash of embroidery from the fabric we have mended and sewn Text by Nahdra Hasri