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Collective Dreaming

Collective Dreaming is a three-part screening and research programme that weaves together Scottish, Ukrainian and Lithuanian moving images and thoughts in search of connection and collective liberation. To coincide with the in-person screenings at the CCA Cinema, we are presenting our research and conversations with artists and art workers in the CCA Annex, expanding the cross-cultural knowledge and experience-sharing beyond our physical location in Glasgow.

Conceived in response to the invasion of Ukraine, the programme aims to question colonial, capitalist, and patriarchal systems of power to make sense of our current reality – a reality that we share, yet all experience from different perspectives. We dreamt of opening ourselves up to new possibilities of thinking, relating and collaborating.

Through conversations with artists and art workers, we explored personal and collective stories and the shape-shifting nature of violence, that participated as a knife, rubber, needle or brakes in the pieces. The conversations explored the in-between position of Eastern Europe in colonialism: issues of belonging through language and friendship, the power dynamics inherent in chosen methodologies, and the possibilities of healing. We believe that art shelters ambiguities of the everyday and can offer ways to open up to the messiness of this world.

Curated by Julija Šilytė & Milda Valiulytė.

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15 June 2023

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This conversation explores friendship, family, storytelling, gender-neutral language, activism and queer feminist networks in Lithuania. As part of her artistic practice, Agnė Jokšė creates proposals for a gender-neutral Lithuanian language, where every noun, pronoun and adjective is traditionally either masculine or feminine. This proposal prompts language users to face inherent linguistic biases and to attune […]

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This conversation explores (diasporic) Eastern European identity and how it is stabilised and/or destabilised through cultural practises. Dmyterko shares stories about her family’s migration from the bottom of the Carpathians through the Glasgow Ports and to the Canadian prairies. She also expands on her artistic practice as a generational return. Thinking through different types of […]

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On 24th February 2022, postcolonialisms in Eastern Europe came to the surface again, symptomatic of the ongoing Russian imperialism in the region. The brutal invasion convened much discussion about the postsocialist condition, cultural sovereignty and the necessity of labouring together to find the possibilities of good living (buen vivir). These conversations were not new, but […]

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