07.03—10.05.20 – 13:00


The Post Collective:
Collaborative Speculations

public events / Development Programme / POSTPONED from 13.03

POCO 20 website

ATTENTION! All activities are postponed from 13.03 onwards.

01.02.2020 - 10.05.2020

The only thing that is radical is space that we don’t know how to inhabit. This means space where we have to invent the ways to act and to live. Lebbeus Woods, architect

The Post Collective is a young collective striving to establish an autonomous platform of co-creation, co-learning and cultural activism created by and for refugees, asylum seekers, sans-papiers and accomplices.From February 2020 to beginning of May 2020 The Post Collective is hosted by Kunsthal Gent for a work period in the Development Programme. In these 3 months the collective aims to build up artistic practices that transcend language and cultural barriers and address to a broad audience. The group will work on the fields of speculative design, self-publishing, graphic design, performance/sound art, collective reading, viewing and writing , storytelling, cooking and other artistic and critical practices.


The Post Collective offers free workshops, screenings and public meetings in Kunsthal Gent between March and May 2020. Please join if you want to learn new skills, share stories and practices, want to augment your voice and find new ways of expressing your voice:

Saturdays 22.02, 29.02, 07.03, 04.04, 11.04, 18.04, 13:00-17:00
Facilitated by Elli Vassalou, Sawsan Maher and Mirra Markhaëva
The Post Collective is researching its own modes and conditions of collectivity and legal presence. How to design a collaborative environment regardless of the legal status of its participants? How to structure codes of conduct and build agency inside a group of people who do not only struggle with structural exclusions of race, class and sex but also legal exclusions, citizenship and human rights? How to surpass cultural barriers and create a safe environment of trust, commitment and opportunities for all?
Book your place here: https://lite.framacalc.org/9fbu-collaborative-speculations
Or just pass by unexpectedly :)

Fridays 13.03, 03.04,10.04, 17.04, 10:00 - 15:00
Conducted by Marcus Bergner
Visual work lead by Mirra Markhaëva
No previous experience required other than being prepared to use your voice and language in new and exploratory ways. We will create a chorus where participants can write and design their own songs for collaborative performing. After the introductory workshop (13.03) those who wish to continue will meet on a regular Friday basis to develop material for public performances. We will draw from the diverse musical, language and poetical experiences of those participating.
The process will be documented by visual representation of spoken sound by use of different languages in their traditional calligraphies fused together. The letters will be done in lino cutting in order to create abstract calligraphic ornament.

- PARALLEL PERCEPTIONS: a workshop on video walking
Friday 20.03, 10.00 - 15.00
developed by Elli Vassalou and Maya Dalinsky, with the insights of Christina Phoebe Thomopoulos
Since 2015, Elli and Maya have been making and researching video walking as a creative tool for community building, proprioceptive expression, group composition, environment-based art, participatory design, choreography and counter-mapping.
On 20 March, together with Christina Phoebe and the post collective participants they will explore the medium as another non-verbal tool of exploring collectivity.


Saturday 21.03 + Sunday 22.03, 10:00 - 15:00
Conducted by Hooman Jalidi A workshop open to all. Learn how to design and produce a book cover using participants own illustrations, drawings, pattern making, collage and handmade prints. Material such as paper, inks and basic printmaking equipment will be provided.

Saturday 21.03, 15.30 - 18.00
introduced by Elli Vassalou
invited guests: Christina Phoebe Thomopoulos and Maxime Jean Baptiste
A dialogue between two filmmakers, the Post Collective and the audience. Screening of 2 poetic documentaries which merges questions of belonging, borders and foreign-hood through dreamlike images and fleeting voices
- 15.30 introduction Elli Vassalou
- 16.00 "Nou voix" by Maxime Jean Baptiste (15')
- 16.15 film fragments of Christina Phoebe Thomopoulos films
- 17.30 discussion with the audience


Sunday 19.04 +Monday 20.04, 13:00 - 17:00
Conducted by Mirra Markhaëva
Open to all. A workshop about the designing and making of Zine publications.
Learn how to compose collectively a visual diary-like documentation, using your drawings, texts and notes. We will work with the material created from the different workshops and art projects to create a small zine publication of our work together.

- FILM SCREENING - The Wasp and the Weather (2019, 19', EN )
Wednesday 22.04, 20:00
Robin Vanbesien

In Robin Vanbesien’s new film poems ring out. At former youth centre Rzoezie, founded by young folks of Moroccan and Amazigh descent in Mechelen, some of the youngsters wrote poetry. Some of the original authors (M’Hamed El Ouali, Abdelhay Ben Abdellah) and contemporary poets (Samira Saleh, Mathieu Charles, members of the Post Collective) revisit, recite and discuss these poems, probing their resonance in today’s social and political climate.

- 'ON CO-ELABORATION', study circle
Thursday 23.04, 10.30 – 18.00
with Robin Vanbesien, Vooruit, Ghent - Theaterzaal Foyer

The study circle facilitates an encounter of two artist’s collectives, The Post Collective and The Living and the Dead Ensemble, that both, through the exploration of storytelling, performance and poetry, look for ways to compose new forms of alliance and common-ability. These are artistic practices that take up the role to reframe our gaze toward a work on co-elaboration. It is a work whose composition is continuously incomplete, ever to be sculpted – like a gift in the expanded present.

Conducted by Mohammed Tawfiq
An ongoing collaborative drawing that is open to everyone to contribute to produce a large onsite drawing work.

The Post Collective
is a young collective striving to establish an autonomous platform of co-creation, co-learning and cultural activism created by and for refugees, asylum seekers, sans-papiers and accomplices. It seeks to introduce a range of artistic, cultural and employment opportunities, as well as provide an overall collaborative environment for the participants regardless of their legal status. The collective arose from the ‘Open Design Course for Refugees and Asylum Seekers’ 2018 at KASK school of arts, Ghent (BE) when some alumni and teachers decided to continue working together.

The Post Collective are Mirra Markhaëva, Marcus Bergner, Elli Vassalou, Sawsan Maher, Mohammed Tawfiq, Hooman Jalidi en Kinda Ghannoum

Supported by KUNSTHAL GENT, Stad Gent, Refu-Interim, The Arts in Society Award and KASK school of Arts


07.03.20 13.00 - 17.00 Lunch Assembly
Collaborative Speculations
13.03.20 10:00 - 15:00 Vocal Performance Workshop
20.03.20 10.00-15.00 Parallel Perceptions
Workshop Video Walking, with Maya Dalinsky
21.03.20 10.00-15.00 Design a book cover
21.03.20 15.30 - 18.00 On Belonging
Film screenings, with Christina Phoebe Thomopoulos and Maxime Jean Baptiste
22.03.20 10.00-15.00 Design a book cover
27.03.20 10:00 - 15:00 Vocal Performance Workshop
About listening
03.04.20 10.00 - 15.00 Vocal Performance Workshop
04.04.20 13.00 - 17.00 Lunch Assembly
Collaborative Speculations
10.04.20 10.00 - 15.00 Vocal Performance Workshop
18.04.20 13.00 - 17.00 Lunch Assembly
Collaborative Speculations
19.04.20 13.00 - 17.00 ZINE-making
20.04.20 13.00 - 17.00 ZINE-making
22.04.20 20:00 The Wasp and the Weather
Film screening, Robin Vanbesien
23.03.20 10.00 - 20.00 On co-elaboration, Publieke Werken / Public Works @Vooruit
Study circle with Robin van Besien
01.05.20 19.30 Vocal Performance
with Alex Mendizabal / parallel to MAYDAYMAYDAY festival
09.05.20 11:00 - 18:00 Closing Event
Location: Oud Huis
10.05.20 11:00 - 18:00 Closing Event
Location: Oud Huis