Transmedia Arts & Healing Technologies Network for the Somatic, Sonic, and Scenic Liberation of the Oppressed Bodies across the Earth.


ABOUT


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. 

MISSION


Somatic, Sonic, and Scenic Liberation of the Oppressed Bodies through Transcultural and Transnational forms of Poetic Participation, Communication, Organization, and Celebration.


VISION


Ancestral and digital alignment of bodies, lands, and senses of belonging, living and non-living, seen and unseen.

OBJECTIVES


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.


INSTITUTIONAL STANDING


INSTITUTIONAL STATUS:


POETIC SOCIETIES is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is registered in the State of Michigan, USA.

DECOLONIZATION STATUS:


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.



LEGAL STATUS:


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.

ECONOMIC STATUS:


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.

CULTURAL STATUS:


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. 

DIRECTOR: RESPECTFUL PERFORMANCE & EMPATHIC PROCESS 

Halima Afi Cassells is an interdisciplinary community-engaged artist, mom of three, and an avid gardener with deep roots in Waawiiatanong/Detroit, MI. Halima practices the collaborative and indigenous notions of freedom, work, value, and disposability in participatory contexts through projects such as the Free Market of Detroit. Her book, Fashioning the Free Market, documents the project’s journey from its hyperlocal inception to its global receptions at Njelele Art Station in Zimbabwe and FLORA ars+natura in Bogota, Colombia. As an advocate for all artists and cultural practitioners, Halima has spearheaded many grassroots movements that uplift cultural capital from the marginalized communities. 

DIRECTOR: TRANSPARENT CONVERSATIONS & STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY

Taraneh Fazeli is an Iranian-American curator, writer, and educator living between Waawiiatanong/Detroit and Lenapehoking/Brooklyn. After a decade working at NYC-based arts organizations such as Artforum, e-flux, Triple Canopy, and The New Museum, she became an independent curator in 2016. Taraneh is currently working on a book rooted in her traveling group exhibition Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism’s Temporal Bullying. Both a space for reflection on the project and a field guide of associated approaches, within the artists, curators, and cultural organizers involved draw a map towards possible emancipatory futures centered on healing justice, disability justice, racial justice, and climate justice. With Aiko Fukuchi and Owólabi Aboyade, Taraneh is also co-founder of Relentless Bodies, a Detroit-based creative disability justice collective. Taraneh roots the accessibility practices she brings to Poetic Societies at the intersection of the disability and diasporic art communities she calls home. She makes delicious kuku sabzi, gives epic studio visits, has Virgo organizing skills, and a mean left hook.

DIRECTOR: SPATIAL JUSTICE

Recognized as one of the leading scholars on African Americans in architecture, Dr. Craig L. Wilkins is an architect, theorist, author, critic, and 2017 National Design Award Winner. His essay, “(W)Rapped Space: The Architecture of Hip Hop” (2006) is the first theoretical source that predicted the influence of hip hop on architecture. His first book, The Aesthetics of Equity: Notes on race, space, architecture and music received a 2008 Montaigne Medal and 2009 National Indie Excellence Award.