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exercises in collectivity

2 - 5 pm, Sundays, Berkeley Art Center, CA


As part of the 𝘏𝘖𝘓𝘋𝘐𝘕𝘎, the ongoing artist-in-residence series at Berkeley Art Center, interdisciplinary sound artist SHOLEH ASGARY seeks to build collaborative processes, transforming the space of BAC into a 𝐌𝐀𝐉𝐋𝐄𝐒, a program that situates the body as a site of knowledge, enacting movement and voice from and within the physical place they occupy to explore complex relationships to space, place, and one another. “Majles” is an Arabic and Persian term that translates to council, which can imply government, mourning, or celebration, and in this context, refers to the creative contract as a form of decentralized governance. 𝐌𝐀𝐉𝐋𝐄𝐒 follows a loose structure and includes transdisciplinary collaborations with other programs, collectives, and beings.⁣⁣
Sundays, from December 4th through January 15th, Sholeh will invite guests into the residency space at BAC to collaborate and produce scores which the artist will build upon. During these Sunday Sessions, the gallery will be open, and the public is welcome to the quiet observation of the artists at work.⁣⁣

The artists, however, are not performing for the audience. They may be in conversation, napping, or taking a walk as part of building and breaking down a score.

The resulting scores recorded audio, notes, and conversations will be compiled into a collective album to be announced at a future date.

December 4, 2022:

Sholeh Asgary, Michael Mersereau, Sibahle Ndwayana, Kim Nucci, Emma Tome

December 11, 2022:

Sholeh Asgary, Michael Mersereau, Adrian Montufar, Dena Al-Adeeb

December 18, 2022:

Sholeh Asgary, Michael Mersereau, Gabby Wen, Jillian Crochet, Ven Voisey, Kevin Lo, Jorge Bachmann, Emma Tome

January 8, 2023:

Sholeh Asgary, Sahba Aminikia, Roco Cordova, Judit Navratil, Sibahle Ndwayana, Mahsa Vahdat, Ven Voisey

Friday, January 13, 2023 

gathering of tea, dialogue, and performance, 6 - 9 pm with collaborators:

Sholeh Asgary, Roco Cordova, Tonya Foster, Adrian Montufar, Sibahle Ndwayana, Marjan Vahdat, Ven Voisey

January 15, 2023:

Sholeh Asgary, Katayoun Bahrami, Jillian Crochet, Cat Lauigan, Masoud, Sibahle Ndwayana, Narges Poursadeqi, Andrew Saldana, Emma Tome, Ven Voisey, Hannah Waiters, Jeffrey Yip

Associated Projects: 


Audio Archive Booth


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