Transmedia Arts & Healing Technologies Network for the Somatic, Sonic, and Scenic Liberation of the Oppressed Bodies across the Earth.
We are located at the historical building of Underground Resistance, an anti-corporate label and guardian of Detroit Techno for the global sonic revolution, in close proximity to the Mowtown Museum in Waawiiyaataanong/Detroit, Michigan, USA.
We serve North End, the legacy-land of Motown, Funk, Soul, Jazz, HipHop, Techno movements with indigenous, Black, immigrant, and refugee polymaths, urban technologists, farmers, and healing justice organizers who protect the land and its cultural heritage from the development plans that are out of touch with the community or attempt fake alignments.
Our nonprofit organization is modeled after and for the organic network of bodies, from humans to plants to planets, and liberates them from the disrespectful control of the colonizing and alienating individual and collective mind.
We cocreate tactical media and interventional celebratory spaces to awaken and connect distant bodies and share survival tactics beyond national borders, hoping to align and harmonize humans with the cosmic networks.
Our transcultural and multilingual activities are dedicated to the cultivation of ancestral and digital memories of aligned bodies, lands, and senses of belonging. We work in celebratory modes and resist the patriotic, capitalist, and ableist systems suppressing the potential of human forms.
As displaced, mislabeled, and disabled non-binary beings equipped with the art of inter-dependency, POETIC SOCIETIES is a strong voice for queer technologies and practices for transforming our organizational experiences as known.
Somatic, Sonic, and Scenic Liberation of the Oppressed Bodies through Transcultural and Transnational forms of Poetic Participation, Communication, Organization, and Celebration.
Ancestral and digital alignment of bodies, lands, and senses of belonging, living and non-living, seen and unseen.
Through ongoing research, creative productions, and cultural and community organizing efforts concerning organic bodies, POETIC SOCIETIES circulates liberating and survival tactics among diverse communities with similar concerns.
POETIC SOCIETIES builds global solidarity by revitalizing ancestral knowledge lost due to migration, forced displacement, processes of enslavement, and cultural appropriation and against the normalization of imperial, colonial, and fascist forces.
At a time of restricted travel, limited physical proximity, online scrutiny, and suppressed public creation, we work within and beyond the North End neighborhood of Waawiiyaataanong [Detroit] to amplify intersectional dynamics of solidarity and resonate with the multiversal vibrations of cosmic transformation againts ethnic cleansing all across the globe.
We recognize the importance of this work for our local, national, and global communities in this historical duration of slow genocides and initiate essential sharing strategies to address the intergenerational traumas caused by the constant and mass-scale forms of control opposed on our bodies.
As a community of Black, Brown, Indigenous, Immigrant, Queer, Non-conforming gender, and Displaced bodies, we are gifted with daring life experiences and observations. We use our power-of-interdependency to navigate unconventional moments of growth, conflict, and suppression for our continuation.
To us, humans are poetic beings who are not subjects of any nation-state and flourish in poetic environments.
We design digital and physical spaces to cultivate transnational memories of healing and hand over immortal acts of social justice across temporal and spatial zones beyond the environmental, socio-geographical, and political media separations.
We value, document, and share experiences of migration and imagine a global justice network that elevates healing frequencies across the earth beyond the corrupted media and communication technologies through respectful cocreation and multipresence forms of manifestation.
POETIC SOCIETIES is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is registered in the State of Michigan, USA.
POETIC SOCIETIES is a constant practice and dialogue of decolonization of our tongues, minds, bodies, work habits, and lifestyles. We function in cosmic pastes and spaces and are not obligated to the notions of time, productivity, and existence dictated by the white privilege including deadlines, senses of perfection as well as ideas of productivity and professionalism.
As a collective of Indigenous, Black, Immigrant, Brown, Queer, and Non-conforming gender beings, we are healing from the experiences of complex and interconnected traumas of colonialism and constantly practice setting boundaries to respectfully communicate our values, commitments, and priorities. For more information please read this.
All POETIC SOCIETIES‘ contracts, agreements, and collaborations are co-created from the space of abundance. We value poetic currencies and receive humans as poetic-beings emerging in poetic environments.
POETIC SOCIETIES generates income through artistic, cultural, and educational services, partnerships, and grants. We price our products and services on a sliding scale so fees are thereby reduced for those who have lower incomes. We do not tolerate nor accept resources or partnerships from individuals and entities that sabotage intersectional and environmental justice.
POETIC SOCIETIES is a registered Art Space Sanctuary and requests the immediate determination of the wide-ranging crime, violence, and assault on selective populations, including Indigenous, Black, Immigrants, Refugees, Muslims, Latinx, Women, and LGBTQIA+ communities, as well as artists, academics, scientists, and the press inside the US and across the globe. Our residents stand together to build horizontal and non-hierarchical networks of meaningful inclusion and participation. Our mother-hub is Detroit, a resilient city of diverse immigrants.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: TRANSCULTURAL HEALING & TRANSNATIONAL CREATION
Ava Ansari, is an Iranian immigrant transmedia poet, transcultural organizer, and Iyengar Yogi (They). Since 2010, Ava has been working with her voice, body, language, and network technologies to connect distant bodies. Ava choreographs transnational and transactional celebratory dynamics and design tactical media that enable body-conscious modes of arts and policy making.