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Rituals for Removing Creative Blocks

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Wolfman New Life Bookstore

644 40th St

Oakland, CA 94609

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As part of Emerging Arts Professionals’ MADE Awards, artists Liat Berdugo and Leora Fridman present Rituals for Removing Creative Blocks, in which guests describe the objects or situations that get in the way of creative life, and receive somatic instructions for engaging with these blocks.

This social practice collaboration examines in both serious and magical ways the our engagement with creative “results,” “ends and means,” and the idea of a muse / magic as relates to creative labor. Rather than complaining or burning out, participants are offered an opportunity to re-engage with play and experimentation even (and perhaps especially) when creative work and its administration includes blocks, stuck places, bureaucratic elements, and boring tasks.

Guests will be asked to submit in advance* a short, personal block that they experience that blocks their work as cultural workers and producers. Guests will be served snacks designed and curated by chef artist Kim Upstill.

This project is generously hosted by EM Wolfman New Life Bookstore, 644 40th St, Oakland, CA 94609. Previous iterations of Berdugo and Fridman’s Rituals may be seen here (for creative blocks) and here (for capitalism).

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Please note that in registering for this event you are also consenting to having your block submission (anonymously) used in potential future publications, and are also consenting to have your photograph taken at the event itself.

* After reserving a spot in one of our three sessions, you’ll receive an email from us that prompts you to submit your problem. Keep an eye out for that!


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