In light of increasing connectivity and the pressure of a transforming environment, the retreat will address the question ‘how do we want to live together?’. Taking its title from the manifesto for the MayDay Rooms – a meeting place and supportive infrastructure for radical histories and communities – participants will engage in collective thinking and activities to examine present models of living across different fields. In turn, the retreat will offer an opportunity to speculate on possible futures, whilst situating this discourse within artistic practice.
For selection to this retreat, participants are invited to propose an hour-long session that takes as its starting point the question of ‘how do we want to live together?’. Rather than providing an answer to this question, we welcome a range of responses and broad interpretations, from the personal to the speculative. These sessions can take one or a number of formats: talks, performances, participatory workshops, screenings, reading groups, making sessions etc.
Across five immersive days a programme of invited speakers and group activities will offer possible interpretations of this question, endeavouring to address its social, environmental and metaphysical implications.
Commencing the retreat, artist Cally Spooner will lead a workshop session and host presentations and discussions by participants on their work.