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FEEDBACK FELLOWSHIP

A month-long fellowship matched to a theme

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A container built to

catalyze... 

The Holes in the Wall Collective Fellowship is designed to jumpstart, dig deeper or help finish a specific project, related to one of the 12 monthly themes.

Applications now open for
JULY • Shelter  and future months.

12 themes. 12 Fellows.

For projects big and small.

The Holes in the Wall Collective Fellowship is designed to be short and low-intensive, offering support, structure and accountability to one’s process without demanding large time commitments, an extensive application process or a prohibitive pedigree.

The Fellowship offers weekly meetings for one month that guide and lend support towards the formulating, enacting or completing of a project.  Depending on the project, HWC offers various resources of research, contacts and frameworks geared towards the fellow.

 

If you have been thinking of getting a project off the ground, want some structured time for your research or planning, want to take a leap into intersecting your field with other fields and communities, or just need a little fire under your feet, please apply.

Energy
Environment
Education
Health
Food
Clothing
Shelter
 Design & Materials 
Identity
Media & Communication
Justice & Governance
Economy

2021 Feedback Fellows

JUNE/CLOTHING

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Photo by Svet Jacque @svetjacque

Camilla Carper

Clothing: it's what we wear and yet often, what wears us.  This month we check the mirror from more than one angle with this month's fellow Camilla Carper...

Camilla Carper is a performance artist currently based in Southern California, critically approaching dress as a tool for social inquiry. After studying Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design they became skeptical of the damaging practices of the fashion industry. Carper co-founded a sustainable clothing company called FEMAIL FOREVER that focused on upcycling garments. Even when ethically creating clothing through this brand, Carper felt complicit in perpetuating the ‘fashion cycle’ by encouraging consumption. They began searching for new strategies and venues to explore how humans relate to clothing. By working outside of the fashion industry Carper’s work examines capitalist structures and the social conditions behind people’s desire for newness.  

Carper’s performance practice or ‘Dressing Practice’ is set within the framework of their daily life. They establish a duration and set of rules around dress to conduct social experiments. Clothing is the variable in the experiment and Carper’s body is the control. Carper believes clothing is a document of the place, time, and culture it occupies. The forms of the clothing in these experiments reveals information about their environments. By systematically wearing and creating garments Carper aims to make this context more legible. 

In their project ON LOAN Carper spent the summer of 2019 wearing only borrowed clothing. During this fellowship, Carper will use research from that project to create new work through writing, making garments, and creating performances, integrating the insights gained into experiences that others can learn from. 

 

MAY/FOOD

Colin Dring

Everything eats. Whether we're breaking bread or running from gluten, our lives are hallmarked by what makes it to the plate. This month we chew on the systems that feed us, and those trying to make them more equitable... 

Colin Dring was born in the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam). His parents are both settlers to Canada, his mother from China and his father from England, and they form the root to his connection to place and his inquisitive nature. Colin teaches, studies,and schemes at the University of British Columbia working towards his PhD. His research uncovers formal government approaches to creating (or preventing) food futures through agricultural planning in contexts of difference, complexity, and unpredictability. Before his studies, he worked in his home community on anti-hunger and anti-poverty alongside diasporic communities and changemakers across Turtle Island (or what is dominantly called North America). Colin also works on food justice and haspublished and taught on food justice policy, pedagogy, and planning. As a teacher/scholar, he aims to catalyze peoples’ interest and drive to transform colonial, racist, patriarchal, heteronormative, able-ist systems. It is by organizing
around difference that just and sustainable food systems will arise. For Colin, the political and contested nature of food and agriculture are at the heart of his work.


The future of food is uncertain. But unless it's built on a foundation of equity and justice– for those that grow our food, medicines, energy, and materials– there won't be much of a future to have. That takes a reciprocity between eaters and growers, more-than-humans and humans, entangled in complex, unknowable relationships...

During the HWC Fellowship, Colin is working on the creation of an equity framework to move us towards decolonial, anti-oppressive future(s).
We'll toast to that.

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APRIL/HEALTH

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Veleda Roehl

In celebration of where healing and health collide and converse, we look towards wholeness and all the fragments along the way...

Veleda Roehl works as a dancer, educator, birthworker and yoga instructor. She apprentices under her mother Diana Roehl, a long time yoga teacher and teacher mentor, and obtained multiple certifications through Yoga Alliance. As a birthworker, she trained with DONA and as an apprentice under master Midwife Nonkululeko Tyehemba, Ibaye, and the Harlem Birth Action Committee. She teaches, studies and performs dances from her ancestors and dance traditions throughout the African Diaspora with Adia T. Whitaker’s Ase Dance Theatre Collective, choreographer nia love, and her own dance works. Veleda serves as a Creative Focus Group member for KHEPERU LLC/The 45 Degrees Project and is also a full-time dance teacher at a local public charter school. She's published and presented her research on the positive effects of dance and movement on the parent-child bond and dedicates her career to the study and benefits of movement for community and human development. 


Veleda is a dedicated mother, wife, sister, aunt, daughter, niece and community based cultural worker who shares the blessings of life with her blended family-husband, performing artist and filmmaker Orion Gordon, and their amazing children, Lamine and Zinnia.

MARCH / EDUCATION

MARCH / EDUCATION

Aika Swai

What we carry and how we carry it across our lives, across continents, and across perceptions is something that can be transmuted but not always codifed. This month's theme of education walks that beautiful line. 
 
Aika Swai is a Tanzanian-American scholar specializing in African Literature and Cross Atlantic themes of decolonization. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Cape Town (UCT), focusing on the communicability of supernatural, paranormal or so-called magical events in African and (Native) American literatures. Her research interests extend to themes of translatability, translanguaging and cultural transliteration in African and Caribbean literatures, the communicability of highly subjective experiences (such as the ones tied to race and gender), and the tension between ‘magic’ and ‘real’ when reading African, Caribbean or American First Nations literature through the lens of magical realism.

During the fellowship, Aika is working on her guest lecture catalog and upcoming website.


Check out Aika's website, completed during her fellowship.

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