Black Books Documenta Assemblage 2023

Display

Dates: November 11-24, 2023 (Wednesday to Sunday, 2pm-7pm) Opening: November 11, 2023, at 11am
Venue: TheCube 7F (7th Floor, No. 241, Section 3, Roosevelt Rd, Taipei City)

Poetry Jam

Date: November 12, 2023, at 2pm
Performers: Ci Ke, Guang Xiong, Shan Jun, Ada, Leny, Santiago, free Improv, sound paintings

About BLACK BOOKS DOCUMENTA ASSEBLAGE

Text by Blackbooks (bbda2023tp@proton.me)

In an era where curation intertwines with economics as a form of authoritarianism, do we have a path to another possible place? This is a possibility that the Black Books Documenta Assemblag aims to prove in practice.

This is an event to dismantle authoritarianism, with languages adopted that are all on the poster.

This is a free assembly, where people gather (through works or in person). It’s unrelated to economics, cultural affairs, or political manipulation; what it presents is the free will of mutual assistance among people. In a city where government and fund capital invisibly dominate all free expressions of cultural illusions, we witness plumes of smoke rising anew.

The Black Books Taipei begins with the opening at 11am on November 11. We have an “opening” and a “closing” with music and cultural performances at the Witch House, a series of sharing lectures, as well as a collection of cultural relics, publications, and artworks we’ve gathered this year… at the TheCube 7F (how many people still pay attention to the physical world beyond digital versions?), interested friends can come to see, listen, and review…

We organize mutual-aid symbiosis activities unrelated to economics and also disengage to the greatest extent from the hegemony of the internet empire. Please join our email list to receive detailed information about the event. We currently have a set of event cue-cards available for mailing (physical) or email (digital) to you. Peer-to-peer, from person to person, the connection relies on physical solidarity, not social networks.

* bbda2023tp@proton.me

The Opening Concert

Date: November 11, 2023, at 7:30pm
Venue:  Witch House

In these tumultuous times, it is rare to have friends who truly come to Taipei to participate in the Black Book Documenta Assemblage Opening Concert (BBDA Opening Concert). This includes Tokyo’s Ikuta Manji, a veteran focused on Japan’s anti-nuclear and social movements; from the Philippines, AMP3, an organization trying to use music to connect musicians and gather those concerned with peace and social issues; Korean double bassist Lee Dong-yi living in Taiwan; Hong Kong whistleblower Leny; Shan Jun, who sings with the voices of nature and humans and identifies as a “Tang person”; and the elder poet Ada, who clings to music and poetry despite the cruel exploitation of capital society. This group will collaborate, each in their own right, yet together on stage with their music, poetry to share their views and feelings, creating a valuable interactive energy for one night.

The Sharing Talks

Dates: November 13, 14, 20, 21, 2023, from 6pm to 9pm
Venue: Tonsan Bookstore

Regarding the sharing talk events, we have friends from AMP3 in the Philippines introducing their experience in cultivating civil solidarity in Asia;

Friends from Hong Kong will share their practice in writing and collaborating on community media;

A translator familiar with Korean culture will share her reflections on the life of a Korean anarchist;

Whistleblower Leny will echo the elder Jin Shu in calling out to the youth: What is anarchy?! and his own journey;

The “failed capitalist record industry player” Ada will share his late-life insights on Chomsky and relevant examples in Taiwan;

Korean friend Lee Dong-yi will share his spiritual development on Jeju Island and his exploration journey;

A group of Korean “alternative education” teachers and students, who are just on a research trip in Taiwan, will also share their experiences;

Friends who cannot come to Taiwan will have pre-recorded interviews shared during the exhibition, including friends from the historically rich IISH (International Institute of Social History); Anarchist musician Nawrocki from Ukraine, living in Canada, will share the aspirations behind his recent music, writing, and theatrical performances; interviews with the community from The Commoner in the UK;

A Taiwanese researcher of Emma Goldman; And a whole host of international community writings will be on display.

Additionally, a selection of documentary relics, images, etc., from the previous two editions will be listed in the preparation for the exhibition.

The topics for the four days are as follows:

November 13th

1. The creation of the thesis novel “Hengzhou” and the publication of a small magazine on justice for people with disabilities (Cantonese/Mandarin/English)

2. The practice of music culture connections among musicians in the Asian region and the vision of peace in civil society (English)

November 14th

1. What does Chomsky have to do with the Taiwanese pop music industry? Looking back at the history of Taiwan’s music industry bubble wars through Old Hang’s predictions. (Mandarin)

2. My Jeju Island upbringing and the Taiwan trip of a Seoul alternative school (Korean/Mandarin translation)
Jeju Island was once a significant place of enlightenment for the cellist poet Dong-yi, who then led a group of students from a Seoul alternative school in Taiwan…

November 20th

1. Expecting the government? A 20-year social participant’s observation report. A report of disappointment from an active participant in social movements. (Mandarin)

2. A colonial woman’s voice: Kaneko Fumiko’s prison writings (Mandarin)
The life poem that failed to be voiced in the grim year of 1926; hoping to be heard again in 2023. The text belongs to Kaneko Fumiko and my Korean film translation.

November 21st

1. The attributes and relationships of sound and nature. Sharing imaginative sounds beyond anthropocentrism. Besides making sounds, are we willing to listen? (Mandarin)

2. What is anarchy? (English/Cantonese/Mandarin)
An attempt to transcend definitional thinking, searching for an indescribable song of life through experience and practice.

Organizer: Black Books
Venues: TheCube 7F, Witch House, Tonsan Bookstore

Documenta Display

Dates: November 11-24, 2023 (Wednesday to Sunday, 2pm-7pm) Opening: November 11, 2023, at 11am
Venue: TheCube 7F (7th Floor, No. 241, Section 3, Roosevelt Rd, Taipei City)

Opening Concert
Date: November 11, 2023, at 7:30pm
Venue:  Witch House

Poetry Jam
Date: November 12, 2023, at 2pm
Performers: Ci Ke, Guang Xiong, Shan Jun, Ada, Leny, Santiago, free Improv, sound paintings

Sharing Talks
Dates: November 13, 14, 20, 21, 2023, from 6pm to 9pm
Venue: Tonsan Bookstore

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