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co-creation workshop / Graz, 22-26 June 2020
co-production: Afro-Asian Institute/ Daily Rhythms Collective
concept and coordination: Evelyn Tschernko, Daniela Brasil, Nayarí Castillo

participants: Abelina Holzer, Afro-Asian Institute (Evelyn Tschernko), Clarissa Rêgo, Daily Rhythms Collective (Daniela Brasil & Nayarí Castillo), Lisa Reiter, Otto Oscar Hernandez, Peninah Lesorogol, Studio Magic  (Judith Urschler, Max Kieninger, Patricia Wess, Thomas Kain)
photography: Nikola Milatović 

This co-creation workshop is part of the project:

During the Entanglements co-creation workshop, people from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds have gathered to weave forms of togetherness. Working with natural leaves, fibres, textiles, found materials, and open hearts, we were inspired by nets, nests and hammocks, by vernacular and technological knowledge forms, human and non-human architectures. We weaved words and gestures, thinking-feeling-acting. We weaved visions, ways of viewing, ways of feeling, ways of doing and by doing so we also braided our differences.  

The wisdom inherent in our bodies to self-regulate make us resonate in a dissonant unison – while we build nests, or otherwise. We think that this way of working can bring about more resilient, solidary, entangled relationships among ourselves, inside and out, in small but also in much bigger scales. 

This workshop drew our attention to the micro-forests in the Graz roads and roundabouts, their inhabitants, the ones that are imprisoned, the ones that stay, the ones that pass-by, the ones who cannot come. The borders one can cross, the ones we cannot. Living beings, urban infrastructures, growing, evolving standing still.

                          Braiding unlikely dialogues. 

      healing, actualizing, 

                        restoring, letting go. 

      regenerative cycles


In this context, we made a video/performance in the A2 Südautobahn called Summen and sculpted together three objects, which we call Home. They are works in process, that will grow or vanish during the summer of 2020.  

HOME  1  ​​​​​​​Philetairus socius

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Inspired by the weaver birds. This particular species called Philetairus socius or the Sociable Weaver has a remarkable way of weaving its home. They are one of the very few species that create collective community nests. Following the questions posed by the Homeostasis project “How to restore balance within our living systems?”, and the Graz Year of Culture “How do we want to live?”, this sculpture is part of a larger artistic research that searches for more sensitive and careful ways of living together, ways of living and of being that are tuned to natural life and its flows. This process weaves our notions of family and of home in a diverse, multiple, thick and entangled fabric of abundance and potentiality.

HOME  2 Family Tree 


The Family Tree, built by Otto Hernandez and Peninah Lesorogol, is a metaphoric connection between family blood lineage and our common, entangled ancestry. As humanity has its roots on the African continent, and as indigenous cultures all over the world consider trees, plants and animals and all elements that constitute the Earth as relatives, this work symbolically expands our notion of family towards a multi-species, more-than-human understanding of kinship.

HOME  3 Manyatta 


A Samburu/Maasai is often a temporary settlement or compound established by a family or clan. A manyatta is a hut made of wood. In the Samburu tribe, houses are built by women only and a homestead can consist of up to 40 small manyattas, depending on how big the family is. The Samburu/Maasai are nomads who move from one place to another in search of greener pastures for their animals (cows, sheep, goats and camels). The type of manyatta we constructed was built for a period of a few days. It is then left to be further used by animals or for fire wood. Until it becomes soil again.

Nkaji tanaa Nkang EeSamburr OLmaasai. Keitibiri ake taatwua mperot kuni lmarei tanaa sii latia. Nkaji enkeek nomuri toomoidio. Kore Nkaji eeSamburr naa ntomonok naashet. Keidim nkang aaku ketii nkajijik artam tanaa nkuni tankaraki elmarei. Koree Samburr o Lmaasai naa keiwuot aayiaya nkujit onkare eesuom enshe (Nkishu, Ntare o Ntamesi). Kore Nkaji nikintibirutua naa lale ake owuenieki nkuni perott neiwuoti.



thank you to: Ritz Korbwaren, Giovana Muniz, Team AAI, José Francisco Fernández, Mariana & Yuri

this project is funded by: STADTGRAZ KULTUR


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