Sensing Harm by Design: An Online Course With the GTDF Collective
Sensing Harm by Design, by the Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures Collective, is a six-week course designed to support participants to activate dispositions that can expand their capacity to navigate increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) and to hold space for what is difficult and painful without feeling overwhelmed, immobilised or demanding quick fixes or rescue from discomfort. This course is for those who want to be better equipped to navigate the times we live in; to learn how to build different relationships and to build relationships differently, and to weather current and coming storms together without relationships falling apart. Decolonial practice and radical systems change need to begin now—and this starts with ourselves. The course runs from 26 June to 31 July, on Mondays, 5–7pm UK.
This is a six-week course designed to support you to activate dispositions that can expand your capacity to navigate increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) and to hold space for what is difficult and painful without feeling overwhelmed, immobilised or demanding quick fixes or rescue from discomfort.#
The usual premise is that there is a problem with the current system that needs to be solved, or the system itself needs to be replaced and the “good people” (most virtuous, woke, moral, righteous, deserving, enlightened) are the ones to do it. We start from a different premise. Our premise is that the current system requires harm by design.
It is immensely difficult (but not impossible) to interrupt patterns of harm (as a result of the modern-colonial system) and let go of the harmful attachments and co-dependence we have developed with the system itself. Without doing this, we will only be able to want and imagine different versions of the same modern-colonial system.
This course offers a container and methodology for developing this—identifying and interrupting the usual patterns, and committing to a process of cognitive, affective, and relational “decluttering”—as a continuous practice.
Explore more and register at: https://courses.advaya.life/sensing-harm-by-design
About the GTDF Collective#
Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures (GTDF) is an arts/research collective that develops artistic, pedagogical, cartographic, and relational experiments that aim to identify and de-activate colonial habits of being, and to gesture towards the possibility of decolonial futures. GTDF is about hospicing worlds that are dying within and around us with care and integrity, as well as with attention to the lessons these deaths offer, while also assisting with the birth of new, potentially wiser possibilities, without suffocating them with projections. GTDF is about facing our complicity in violence and unsustainability and its implications with the courage of really seeking to connect with the collective pain, past, present, and future.
Sensing Harm by Design
Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures #
GTDF are a trans-disciplinary collective of researchers, artists, educators, students & Indigenous knowledge keepers. Their collaborative practices bring together concerns related to racism, colonialism, unsustainability, climate change, biodiversity loss, economic instability, mental health crises, & intensifications of social & ecological violence. The focus of the work is on building stamina, capacity & dispositions for painful work (self-and world-unmaking) through artistic & educational experiments that can help us to hold space for difficult conversations.