Douri | Weaving Future

Weaving Future

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Summer-ateliers to capture stories, taste talents, co-create knowledge, and find rhythm in up-cycled garments. Join the workshops, learn new skills and weave your future in for Esch2022.

Open summer-atelier by an unbound collective of plural artists based in Sanem and Amsterdam to weave stories, sing talents, co-create knowlegde, and find rythm in up-cycled garments. Creative inhabitants of Sanem are invited to join making tools and tunes for a pluriversal future, that we share with the world during Esch2022.

At the invitation of the municipality of Sanem a group of local artists and the Disarming Design department of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, organize a series of design ateliers that unpack shared futures through collaborative forms of making. Artistically developed by Belgium-based designer Annelys de Vet and produced by the Douri association in Sanem, they invite the community for seven engaging workshops; from video-diaries to upcycled fashion, from food traditions to rock songs, from Arabic tunes, to French hip hop meeting Congolese Sape and all captured in do-it-yourself zines.

With the output of these creative exchanges the collective aims to build towards a plural future, where several worlds can meet. This summer the people of Sanem and beyond are invited to join the ateliers and create together a platform for reflection and exchange around creative practices — to activate and present to the world during Esch2022.

Overview of the workshops:
Tuesday to Friday 2–6pm
Saturdays 10am–5pm.
A Gadder Museum, Belvaux

The workshops can accept between 10 to 15 participants of all ages, genders and backgrounds, but in common a generous curiosity to learn and participate, and be present during the workshop days. Open to the public on Saturdays (including unique international kitchens by the residents of the local refugee shelter).

Join the ateliers, learn new skills and weave your future in.

Weaving Future

Workshop 1
6–17 July (2 weeks)

- Stills and motion for emotion
A practice-based atelier training photography and filmmaking as mediums for sharing and preserving stories, dreams and futures

By: Hazem Alqaddi, Elettra Bisogno, Nael Nassa
Language: English (& Arabic, Italian, French)
Weaving Future

During this video and photography atelier, participants are invited to collect particularities of daily life through visual recordings. We will train how the recording tools can translate or give shape to an idea or a story that you want to share. We will explore different ways of filming, analyse other photo and video practices, discuss selected films, theory and explore editing tools. Participants will build further knowledge on filming and photographing, experiencing with cameras, video programs on phone, connect with other people through the medium of film, and share life experiences. And we will imagine and discuss the potential of stories to be published, and build a network. Through these practices, we will acknowledge the strength of documenting; documenting to preserve an idea, to bear witness of a fact, to spark curiosity in the audience. With the material everyone will bring in, we shall experiment with combining and assembling our ideas for a shared future and sustainable community towards a moving outcome.

Hazem Alqaddi is a storyteller and skater from Palestine, Elettra Bisogno is an award winning filmmaker and designer from Italy and Nael Nassan is a committed photographer from Syria. Based in Belgium and Luxembourg, they have put together an enriching program to focus on capturing moving realities.

Workshop 2
13–24 July (2 weeks)

- Inner world — Outer world
Threading identities, narratives & communities by rethinking post-consumer textiles

By: Julina Bezold, Fadi Jaafar, Samira Mousa, Samira Vogel
Language: English (& Arabic, German, French)
Weaving Future

In this workshop participants will look at different ways of up-cycling textile waste and used clothes. Together, they will engage with notions of identity, and feed conversations of our inner world with the environment and communities we are part of. From this creative process participants will design new wearables for the community.

A large part of the clothes we donate by putting them in textile containers are often sold to African countries, causing immense trouble on site. They are so cheap that the local textile factories and self-employed tailors can’t compete. By up-cycling post-consumer textiles collected from and around Sanem, the workshop aims to engage critically and creatively with this cycle. Working with materials such as textile waste and left-overs from production, the participants will speculate on how our relationship with products and materials can be more sustainable and meaningful.

During the 10 days, participants will engage with several textile design techniques, such as embroidery, garment construction, pattern making, weaving and patchwork. And next to the individual pieces they will collectively weave on a big frame using all the cut-offs and material leftovers; that way, everyone engages in an exchange around collectivity and weaving experiences. They are invited to bring discarded clothes or even sewing and textile materials or machines that they have at home. In this way, they can engage with their own materials and gain meaningful made-to-measure skills that Julina, Fadi, Samira and Samira could also teach individually.

Participants will at least finish one or more garments or outfits after the 10 days course. The process will be well documented, and on the final day a show is organised with a photo/video shooting.

Julina Bezold is a garment and body designer with roots in Germany, Fadi Jaafar is a visual artist with a Lebanese eye, Samira Mousa is a professional tailor with refined Syrian techniques and Samira Vogel is interested in the collective and material aspect of textile processes. Based in Amsterdam and Sanem they wove an engaging program for this collaborative textile workshop.

Workshop 3
27–31 July (1 week)

- Foodscaping
Caring for one another through sharing recipes, cooking and fermenting, and eating together

By: Anna Garcia Gomez, Siwar Kraitem, Samira Vogel & international citizens
Language: English (& Arabic, Spanish, Italian, German, Catalan)
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In this workshop we will be covering different aspects of our relationship to food. From exchanging recipes to preserving vegetables, discovering local food production, different fermentation processes and baking sourdough bread; in this week we will build connections to one another and our surroundings. Everyday we hope to end with a meal together.

This workshop proposes a grounded view on food that reclaims traditional and popular food cultures. Our perspective is informed by the fragility of global infrastructure and how much we depend on it. Through reconnecting to past knowledges we want to step away from our dependency to the system and show ways in which everyone can be autonomous.

Through the participation in this workshop participants will get fresh views on traditional food practices. Together, we will learn about different food cultures and recipes and create an atmosphere of sharing, learning and experiencing through our culinary journeys. We will share techniques to preserve certain foods, bind our own recipe book and in the end give everyone a piece of kefir starter, sourdough starter and a kombucha scoby in order to ferment your own foods and drinks at home…

Anna Garcia Gomez is a designer who ties bread, design and politics together, Siwar Kraitem focuses on ways through which design can be more social and political, exploring notions of collectiveness and modes of activism, Samira Vogel researches how materials can connect and act as communication mediums, conquering language barriers. Anna, Siwar and Samira are currently enrolled as master students at the Disarming Design department at the Sandberg Instituut, and will host this workshop together with local chefs from Afghanistan to Eritrea, and from Turkey to Syria.

Workshop 4
3–7 August (1 week)

- The Spirit of Songwriting
Deepen your understanding on the rythms of language

By: Nazmul Haque Tonmoy (Sami), Priscila da Costa
Language: English (& Luxembourgish, French, German)

[More info will follow]

Workshop 5
10–14 August (1 week)

- Music brings us together
Jam session starting from Arabic tunes

By: Mohammad Aldaykh, Mustafa sabsaby & musicians
Language: music

[More info will follow]

Workshop 6
17–21 August (1 week)

- Sape meets Hip Hop
A Sape (Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People) and dancing workshop on the rhythm of exchange

By: Parisse Boumpoutou, Jonathan Braga
Language: French

[More info will follow]

Workshop 7
7–11 September (1 week)

- Cutting & pasting through storytelling
Collective exploration of storytelling, zines, comics, scripts

By: Omina Mussa, Sarah Saleh, Jara van Teefelen
Language: English (& Arabic, French, Dutch, Italian)

[More info will follow]


On the invitation of: Anna Loporcaro
Part of the official program of Loop22, down the hill across the land, Esch2022
Concept: Annelys de Vet
Organisation: Douri asbl. (Yusra Amounah)
Partner: Disarming Design department Sandberg Instituut
Artists and workshop facilitators: Hazem Alqaddi, Elettra Bisogno, Nael Nassan, Julina Bezold, Fadi Jaafar, Samira Mousa, Anna Garcia Gomez, Siwar Kraitem, Samira Vogel, Nazmul Haque Tonmoy, Priscila da Costa, Mohammed Dayekh, Mustafa sabsaby, Parisse Boumpoutou, Jonathan Braga, Omaima Mussa, Sarah Saleh, Jara van Teeffelen
Location: A Gadder Museum (Belvaux), with a show in the castle of Sanem in 2022

Weaving Future

Annelys de vet

Annelys de Vet est une créatrice, conservatrice et initiatrice basée en Belgique. Elle est actuellement candidate doctorante à l’ARIA, où elle étudie les conditions de la pédagogie du design pour lutter contre l’oppression et l’injustice par l’acte de création. Elle a lancé ‹Disarming Design›, qui s’est engagé à ce que les pratiques de design dans les situations d’oppression agissent sur le chevauchement du design, de l’artisanat, de la politique, de la pédagogie, de la communauté et de l’activisme. Elle a cofondé la plateforme de design ‹Disarming Design from Palestine›, qui génère des produits de réflexion en provenance de Palestine et qui diffuse des récits alternatifs sur la vie sous l’occupation.