Collective diary of imagination
How do you live in your imagination? How do you feel? Where are you now? With whom? What are you doing?
Send us your artwork in the format or language of your preference to the firstname.lastname@example.org. If you feel inspired by the initiative and would like to organise an online or offline session in your local context to make it part of the collective diary, contact us and we will make it happen together!
“Our visions begin with our desires.”(Audre Lorde)
The collective diary of imagination was first launched in April 2020, during the lockdown due to the COVID-19. It was started within the group Mujeres errantes, a group of women, a space of sharing established in Granada in 2018. During the lockdown, the group went online mostly with participants residing in Italy, Hungary, Spain and France.
The initiative consists of expressing in the form of a diary what we wish to do or live,but as it was real, inhabiting our imagination. Since the beginning, it was a multilingual and multimodal space, where through our imagination we shared our difficulties and desires. During the first lockdown, we collected contributions to the diary from different countries and contexts in different languages (Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, German, among others).
Part of the contributions is collected on this page under the name Imaginarios de cuarentena.
The individual contributions came in the form of writings, photos, videos, collages and paintings. We held sessions of collective writing and imagination, and we reacted to each others’ creations with other artworks.
In October we reopened the call, and we are accepting contributions until the end of February 2021. We are organising online sessions of collective creation. All materials collectively generated during the sessions will become part of the diary. For instance, we held a session on the 25th of November with the title: ¿Cómo imaginamos nuestro mundo sin violencias?/How do we imagine our lives without violences?
We will continue to work with the diaries as part of our work in TuTela Learning Network: first we will feature the diary entries in an accessible, multilingual and multimodal format, including creative ways of ‘translating’ materials and then connect them to activist testimonies. Our aim is putting in dialogue personal experiences and desires with transformative experiences of activism, working with the diary entries at the intersection of personal accounts, art and activism. At the end of this process, we will hold a three-nodal artistic residency with activists.
“At its most superficial, the radical imagination is the ability to imagine the world, life, and social institutions not as they are but as they might otherwise be. It is the courage and the intelligence to recognize that the world can and should be changed. The radical imagination is not just about dreaming of different futures. It’s about bringing those possibilities back from the future to work on the present, to inspire action and new forms of solidarity today.”(The Radical Imagination: Social Movement Research in the Age of Austerity)
Who we are
Mujeres errantes started as a self-organised, voluntary, collectively managed group in Granada, Spain, where people who identify as “errant womxn” can connect and share experiences through collective creative activities. We have also held group sessions in Pécs, Hungary. Since March 2020, we hosted an online group for women from different countries, some of whom were already part of the groups in Granada and Pécs, while some joined the group during lockdown. We are about opening a group in Lisbon. Our long-term goal is to extend the network by encouraging the establishment of local groups in various places. We are currently developing an open knowledge base of activities to support this process. Read the manifesto.
If you are interested in participating or opening a group, contact us at mujereserrantes(at)riseup.net!
TuTela Learning Network is an informal, open and feminist international collective. The members and collaborators of our network are activists involved in education and community work in different countries. Our main mission is sharing and connecting marginalised activist experiences around the world. Webpage: tutela.network
Read more about our work on the AFSEE blog.
Do you know about activists who make a real change in their context? Are you an activist and want to share your experience? Would you like to volunteer with translation or organising workshops? Do you have other ideas and would like to join us? Contact us at tutelaed(at)gmail.com!
The follow-up activities to the collective diary have been proposed by Kitti Baracsi as her project as an Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at the LSE International Inequalities Institute under the name Errant imaginaries: possible utopias.