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Speculative Writing Workshop: Welcome to Studio Swan

Wed 16th February 2022 Online

NewBridge members are invited to join a speculative writing workshop, as part of the Kaleidoscope Network, with artist and writer Natascha Nanji.

Wednesday 16 February 

2.30 pm – 5 pm 

Online, hosted by Spike Island

This event is open only to NewBridge Members (alongside Kaleidoscope network’s organisations’ members) book here, spaces are limited: Eventbrite ticket link 

Welcome to Studio Swan is a speculative proposition that asks what conditions would be appropriate for us to temporarily become with plant or animal? And why would this be something desirable or necessary to undertake? A form of meditation? Or to expand our horizons of comprehending what it could feel like to be more than human?

This is an immersive writing workshop weaving ethnographic practice, some role play, storytelling and speculative thinking to co-create characters living and working at Studio Swan.

By working with these exercises, we will channel something of Karrabing Film Collectives’ methods, “Perhaps the central purpose is to discover what we never knew we knew by hearing what we say in moments of improvisation. We suddenly see what we have been saying—what we have been sensing”.

This event is hosted by Spike Island for the Kaleidoscope Network with Eastside Projects, Primary and The New Bridge Project. Your NewBridge membership allows you to attend events hosted by the network.

About Natascha Nanji

Natascha Nanji is an artist and writer based between London-UK and Merida-MX. Her research-based practice orbits migrations, nomadism, systemic flows & transmutations, unearthing speculative histories from the past and the future. Natascha performs essays and stories at art events and conferences and contributes to art and design journals. She also works with grassroots arts organisations to enhance their digital systems. Natascha has a background in anthropology and studied cultural criticism at the RCA. She is the co-editor/publisher of LAY IT ON THICK, a literary magazine about desire and erotics.



About The Kaleidoscope Network

The Kaleidoscope Network is a collaboration between Eastside Projects (Birmingham), Primary (Nottingham), Spike Island (Bristol) and The NewBridge Project (Newcastle). Formed in response to a need for mutual support, the network has come together as a way to share resources, increase what each partner is able to offer and create new connections between communities of artists. It also offers professional development for the associated partners learning from one another. Your NewBridge membership automatically makes you part of the Kaleidoscope Network. This means you can attend selected events programmed by each partner. These events will be identified as Kaleidoscope activities on our websites and advertised as usual on our newsletters and social media, so keep your eyes peeled for details and booking.


This event is accessed remotely online.