‘We don’t really need to do anything at all. We can just choose not to. Maybe our event for anti-university should be around not doing anything at all, not being productive in the way people are usually pushed to be. It’s something I have been thinking. I am feeling depressed today. The people I am connected with, mental health survivors and activists, are feeling tired and depressed too. Maybe putting an event that asks people to do things is too much. Maybe we can think about this in a different way also as a mode of caring for people. Maybe put on some music, read poems, excerpts of literature and films on that day or just have a virtual meeting with nothing.’
RadioCare. an on the spot radio session. a virtual fonoplatea. one of the possible ways of continuing a conversation. a radio room created for sharing reflections, stories, observations, songs, opinions, silences, ruminations, noises, book fragments, poems, or nothing at all. email short audio-files or texts to email@example.com and/or join us on Friday 12th June from 6:30 to 9:30 pm for a radio evening where we will be moderating a conversation through these contributions and those made live.
Tune in to RadioCare following this link: https://mixlr.com/other-ways-to-care
2018 / In Other Ways to Care I (https://maydayrooms.org/event/antiuniversity-other-ways-to-care-beyond-the-neoliberal-madness/) we explored alternative models that advocate for a recognition of the socio-political dimensions of mental health care and a general move towards rethinking institutions of care.
2019 / In Others Ways to Care II (https://www.artscatalyst.org/antiuniversity-2019-other-ways-care-ii-beyond-neoliberal-madness) we organised a one-day gathering of activists and activists organisations to share experiences, militant tactics, grassroots knowledge and solidarity actions.
Image credits: Boat of Auguste Forestier, made between 1935 and 1949 at St Albans Hospital. Collection abcd, Paris
RadioCare will take place online. For tuning in, you will need an internet connection and one device - either smartphone, computer, laptop or tablet.
We will broadcast the radio session on Friday 12th June 2020 on the platform Mixlr under the following link: https://mixlr.com/other-ways-to-care. If you registered on Eventbrite, you would also receive this link via email the day before.
The total session time will be around three hours. You can pause the broadcast at any time if you need a break. A recording of the session will also be available (same link) to listen to afterwards at your own pace.
A live chat space will be available on the day under the same link.The chat is open for everyone to read, but you will need to open a free Mixlr account if you want to type in. For opening the account, you will need to provide: user name, email and password; and activate it using the link that Mixlr will send to your inbox. Alternatively, you can take part in the conversation via Twitter using #otherwaystocare / @OtherWaysToCare and via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will share some information on the live chat, which sometimes will include a text transcript of the contribution broadcasted. Although few, there will be contributions in other languages, in Spanish, for example. If you would like to access a text version of the script of Friday’s session, please request so on an email to email@example.com
We are still learning how to make our gatherings as accessible as possible. If you have any suggestions for how we can improve accessibility, please get in touch with us via email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to accommodate for this and future gatherings.