The audio performance and workshop The irresistible shade of the vine by Jumana Emil Abboud premiered on 30 April at Stranded FM, you can now listen to the performance via our soundcloud.
The second chapter of Common Grounds: Story / Heritage explores storytelling as a way to develop a connection to a place. There are memories that are not legible in the architecture or archive but can be remembered, shared, and imagined together in the present. Folklore, mythology, and gossip shape the identity of Abraham Dolehof too. The city archives document a detailed history of the site as a convent from 1412 and a school until the 1970s, but what has happened since then? Artist Jumana Emil Abboud presents an audio performance and remedy-making workshop in her work The irresistible shade of the vine, which draws upon the connection between the protection of land with the preservation of folktales and communal bonds. On are.na, we’re creating our own kind of “oral history” in which previous and current inhabitants and past visitors to Casco’s building at Lange Nieuwstraat 7 and the Abraham Dolehof share memories about their experiences.
To read these stories, visit the are.na platform here.
Listen to a folklore and participate in a workshop with artist Jumana Emil Abboud now via soundcloud.
“In the shade of the grapevine we gathered as children to hear tales of the wonders and wanderings of the young and harmed as they faced their adventures into heroism. The voice of the folktale was like a bird singing us into enchantment and we lived and loved for more.”
In this three-segment audio performance, the artist shares with us “a story of directions,” anecdotes from her own childhood when folktales were a common practice, and invites us to participate in the storytelling process. Find a comfortable spot to sit and join Abboud in this tale that leads us to remedies for love and hardships.
In the first part, Abboud takes us on a journey through distant and ever-so-close lands and tells a folktale inspired by Palestinian-Arab folklore. In the second segment, she’ll share the story’s background and interpretation in preparation for the workshop prompt to follow in the third part. Then, the artist invites us to imagine our very own story-interaction by making our own response or remedy in relation to the story she told. A prompt with specific instructions or directives will be given, and it will ultimately call on us to shape the “vine” together. Each remedy will be unique, crafted from the same question, yet achieved through various forms and materials. Take a photo of your outcome and tag us on social media or send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the remedy-making tool kit, here are some of the kinds of materials you may use:
a pencil sharpened at both ends
a piece of paper
any photo-making device (your phone camera or disposable camera etc)
liquid pen-correction tool
needle and thread
scrap of fabric
glass of water