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Looty's Lives: Call for Paid Participants

30 January to 13 February 2022

Apply by 5pm Wednesday 12 January

Chinese version below / 中文版在下方

Join Chinese-Canadian artist and writer Amy Lam for a series of participatory storytelling workshops about experiences of migration and home. Through three sessions, Amy will guide participants in ways of sharing their personal experiences through discussion and writing exercises, as well as in a collaborative storytelling project based around the historical story of “Looty” the dog. The workshops are for diasporic Chinese people, of all ages, currently living in the West Midlands. 

“Looty” was a small Pekingese pet dog that was taken from the Summer Palace in China at the end of the Second Opium War in 1860 and gifted to Queen Victoria. It was re-named “Looty,” after the English word “looting,” which means stealing. What might it have been like for Looty to suddenly find herself in England all alone? What might a dog in the royal palaces see and feel? How is a dog’s life shaped by immense human histories? 

Through prompts and exercises over the three weeks, we will dream up possible events and details in Looty’s life—funny, strange, or sad—that draw from elements of our personal experiences. Amy will lead conversations about the histories that have formed patterns of Chinese migration, and workshop participants will learn tips on how to structure and build vivid stories. No formal storytelling or writing experience, nor any knowledge of British history, is required. 

Following the workshop, Amy will produce a publication about “Looty” with Eastside Projects as part of the Commonwealth Games’ Birmingham 2022 Festival. The publication will be distributed across the city as part of Amy’s project that connects Birmingham to the histories of the Commonwealth. It will launch with a live event / public performance in the summer of 2022. 

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Workshops will tentatively take place on Sunday afternoons online (over Zoom), starting at 4pm (GMT) for 1.5 hours. Based on participants’ availability, the dates may shift. 

30  January  — 4-5.30pm GMT 

6 February  — 4-5.30pm GMT 

13 February  — 4-5.30pm GMT 

  • All ages are welcome.
  • English and/or Cantonese speakers are welcome. A Cantonese-speaking facilitator will be present along with Amy, who speaks both English and Cantonese.
  • To help create a relaxed environment for sharing stories, there will be a maximum of six participants.
  • Participants will be paid an honorarium of £50 per workshop.

To participate: 

Please send a short expression of interest about why you would like to participate in the workshops, in either English or Cantonese (150 words max). Audio recordings (2 mins max) are also welcome! Please indicate if you will be able to attend all three workshops; priority will be given to those who can complete all three. All interested participants should be of the Chinese diaspora, currently living in the West Midlands. 

Please send your expression of interest, or any questions, to: amyclam@gmail.com                        Application deadline: Wednesday 12 January, 5pm GMT 

Applicants will be notified by 19 January. 

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Amy Lam is an artist and writer born in Hong Kong, and based in Toronto, Canada. Her work examines colonial legacies as seen through the lenses of the personal and the absurd. She has exhibited projects internationally, including at the 11th Seoul MediaCity Biennale, South Korea and the High Line, New York City. She has a Master’s in Creative Writing from Concordia University. Her first book of poetry is forthcoming in 2023.

 

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洛蒂的生涯:協同故事敘述研討會

加入華裔加拿大藝術家和作家林靜昕(Amy Lam),一齊參與一個與移民和家庭經歷相關的參與式故事敘述研討會。通過三場會議,在林靜昕的指導下,參與者將通過討論和寫作練習,分享他們的個人經歷,以及圍繞一隻名為洛蒂的小狗的歷史故事展開故事敘述。本次活動面向目前居住在西米德蘭茲(West Midlands)的各年齡段的海外華人。

「洛蒂」(英文:Looty)是一隻於1860年第二次鴉片戰爭結束時從中國頤和園被帶走並贈送給維多利亞女王的小型北京犬。它被名為「Looty」,取自英文單詞「looting」,意為偷竊。猜想:Looty突然發現自己獨自一個身處英格蘭是什麼樣的感覺?皇家宮殿中的一隻狗都看到和感覺到了什麼?浩瀚的人類歷史是如何塑造一隻狗的一生的?

通過三週的提示和練習,參與者將從他們的個人經歷的元素中想像出Looty生活中可能發生的事件和細節——有趣的、奇怪的或悲傷的。林靜昕將帶領對話,討論形成華裔移民的歷史;同時,參與者也將學到如何構建生動故事的技巧。參與者不需要有正式的講故事或寫作經驗,也不需要懂得任何英國歷史。

研討會結束後,林靜昕將與Eastside Projects藝術空間出版一本關於「Looty」的出版物,作為2022年英聯邦運動會「伯明翰節」的一部分。該出版物將作為林靜昕將伯明翰與英聯邦歷史聯繫起來的項目的一部分,屆時將在全市分發。出版物將在2022年的夏季以現場活動/公開表演的方式正式發佈。

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研討會暫定於週日下午在線(通過 Zoom)舉行,從格林威治標準時間(GMT)下午4點(即美國東部時間上午11點)開始,每次持續1.5小時。日期可能會根據參與者的時間改變。

2022年1月30日,下午4點至5點半

2022年2月6日,下午4點至5點半

2022年2月13日,下午4點至5點半

  • 歡迎所有年齡段的人參與。
  • 歡迎講英語和/或粵語的人參與。屆時一名講廣東話的主持人將會與林靜昕一同出席。
  • 為了營造輕鬆的故事分享環境,每次會議最多只有六名參與者。
  • 每位參與者每參加一次會議將獲得50英鎊的酬勞。

申請方式:

請用英語或粵語(最多150字)提交一份簡短的意向書,說明您想參加本次寫作坊的原因。您也可以選擇提交一份錄音(最多 2 分鐘)。請在你的申請中說明您是否能夠參加所有三次作坊;能完成三次作坊的申請人將給予優先考慮。所有感興趣的申請人都應該是目前居住在西米德蘭茲(West Midlands)的華裔僑民。

請將您的意向書電郵至amyclam@gmail.com。如果您有任何疑問,也可聯繫該電郵地址。

申請截止日期:格林威治標準時間(GMT)2022年1月12日(星期三)下午5點

申請人將於1月19日之前收到申請結果。

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林靜昕是一位出生於香港的藝術家和作家,現居加拿大多倫多。她的作品通過個人和荒謬的鏡頭審視了殖民遺產。她曾參與國際性展覽,包括韓國第 11 屆首爾「媒體城市」雙年展和紐約市高線公園。她擁有滿地可康考迪亞大學的創意寫作碩士學位。她的第一本詩集將於2023年出版。