with the rubbles of old palaces
SMASHED: Speaking Histories of Insurrection
23.AUGUST 18:00
with: Pablo Giménez Arteaga,  Hannah O’Flynn, Niall O’Flynn, Ian Nolan, Michelle Turley
curated by: Hannah O’Flynn & Vita Buivid
with the rubbles of old palaces
Grossbeerenstraße 14
10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg

with the rubbles of old palaces is a conceptual and physical space of communal study that develops its research through art, film, dance, music, performance, literature and critical theory.

The space is imagined as a node within a larger network of like-minded individuals and collective collaborators outside and within the city. with the rubbles of old palaces was born out of a common desire of finding experimental and intuitive ways

of collectively rehearsing for other futures yet to be configured. The space’s aim is to carry out and hold space for intersectional, inclusive and queer projects that further decolonial/anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist and ecological desires towards futures fundamentally different from the present. 

with the rubbles of old palaces was co-founded in Berlin in the summer of 2020 by Rosalia Namsai Engchuan, Litchi Ly Friedrich and Hannah O’Flynn.

“SMASHED: Speaking Histories of Insurrection” will be a showing  of an audio piece that forms part of “The Critical Drinking Curriculum” series. The event will look at drunkenness’ relation to rioting and revolt, specifically enquiring into this relation within the context of Ireland’s colonial history. The research of this history is approached through drunk storytelling and singing, as drunkenness has a close relationship to oral histories. This is of particular relevance due to Ireland’s long history under colonial rule, where official history was controlled by the British Empire, drunk oral history becoming, thus, a possible space for counter-insurgency.

“SMASHED” is a sonic collage of conversations around collective drinking and drunkenness’ relation to the disavowal of and organisation against an oppressive regime. How do the voices of the oppressed move through and around a system of violent silencing? In what ways does drunk speech escape discipline? What are the ways in which one listens? What do “earworms” and contagious singing have to do with collective political activation? Is there a direct relation between higher alcohol consumption and political despair? Does intoxication make one less functional to be exploited, or more malleable to oppressive practices? Is there really a relationship between drunkenness and rioting, or is this a silencing propaganda mechanism used by the oppressive body?

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