How do we rethink our present democratic forms, and speculate towards new forms of assembly-making?
What role does body-based practice have in actively re-imagining mass movements?
How might we use the body to imagine new forms of society?
In this edition of Pickle Factory Preludes, independent curator and writer Abhijan Gupta discusses practices of experimenting with forms of assembly-making with Thanapol Virulhakul, artistic director of the Democrazy Collective in Bangkok, and JK Anicoche, artistic director of the Sipat Lawin Ensemble in The Philippines. The common concern is the need to think of performance as a driver for political action.

Dates: 13 and 15 November 2018 (Tuesday and Thursday)
Time: 5 to 7pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata, Library (Park Mansions, Gate 4, 57A, Park St, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016, India)

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About the facilitators and guests
Abhijan Gupta is an independent curator and writer, and with Pujita Guha, the co-director of the Forest Curriculum. His practice examines the construction and production of knowledge in different contexts, and uses the spaces of the curatorial to produce modes of indisciplinary thought. He is currently a Fellow of the Forecast Platform at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, and has been a Fellow of the Tate Research Centre: Asia, at the MMCA, Seoul and researcher-in-residence at the HSLU-University of Applied Arts and Sciences, Luzern Switzerland and at the Tentacles Art Gallery in Bangkok. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University of Baroda, India and holds a certificate from the ENSBA, Paris.
Thanapol Virulhakul is a theatre-director, and choreographer, and co-director of the Democrazy Theatre Studio in Bangkok. He is interested in choreographies of public movement, and the use of the body in dictatorial and democratic political systems. He draws reference from a variety of sources including Butoh, Nepalese Cham, and street theatre in developing new methodologies and vocabularies for political action.
JK Anicoche is a Manila-based performance-maker, curator, storyteller and educator. He is the artistic director of contemporary performance company The Sipat Lawin Ensemble and festival director of Karnabal Festival: Performance and Social Innovation. He is the founder of Project Banig: Storytelling Everywhere Campaign encouraging volunteerism and storytelling in communities.
Anjum Katyal is an editor, writer and translator. She is the author of several books on theatre, and has a number of translations to her credit. She is a published poet, and is currently Director, Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival.