We invited students, artists, creatives and activists to participate in a creative workshop reflecting on the kind of democracy we want to build in post-Brexit Britain and take part in a collective action. The last British local elections took place on the 6th of May, while July will bring the end of the transition period and the start of a new “reality”. What does our post-Brexit democratic ideal look like? How can we build it collectively?
WeHybrids: Laboratorium was a collaboration between WeHybrids and Polish Migrants Organise for Change (POMOC) which took place in both the digital and the physical sphere in the two months prior to the elections. It consisted of an online workshop and interventions in public space.
Prior to the workshop, each participant received a welcome pack consisting of words borrowed from various political theory texts. We experimented with them together to compose new meanings. The materials and ideas collectively created during the workshops were translated into a series of postcards, stickers and badges, which entered the public space. Placed along our daily paths, they brought the political into our everyday routine and invited us to pause and reflect.
WeHybrids is a collaborative, participatory and multidisciplinary project, aiming to bring together diverse creative voices to explore the relationship between art and politics. WeHybrids aims to identify and explore the participants’ individual and collective agency in a creative, but also very practical and hands-on way.
Polish Migrants Organise for Change (POMOC) is a grassroots nonprofit that fosters creative collaboration and actionable solidarity between Polish women living in the UK and other migrant communities.
The workshop was realised in collaboration with Tian Lin, currently completing her MA in Applied Theatre at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Design: Kate Wiliwinska (Instagram: @kate.wiliwinska.design)