(ORIGINAL)Feel Tanks as Method : Why we
(Image is speaker's own created in homage to Tammy Rae Carland's Lesbian Beds (2002) series

Feel Tank: Exhaustion

Creating New Social Imaginaries and Critical Democratic Communities in Post-War Sri Lanka Through Traditional Culture and Art

Social Imaginaries & Critical Democratic Communities  

Network, Sri Lanka.  

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‘Feel Tanks’ (a spin of ‘think tank’) derive their name from one cell of a larger group known as the Public Feelings Project which operated from the conviction that ‘understanding affective investment can be the a starting point for theoretical insight into the workings of capitalism, racism and sexism within power structures.’ (Cvetkovich, 2012)

Through over a fifteen workshops, seminars and lectures in the UK and internationally, Chloe Turner has been using ‘Feel Tanks’ as both intellectual enquiry and call-to-arms, to consider how to sustain living under capitalism in the current moment. 

In the continuing struggles against global anti-Black, queer/transphobic conservative governance, pandemic "new normal“ living and the stripping of arts and humanities funding, nurturing spaces of care and connection have never felt more pressing. How do we bring into being the feminist space we want to be a part of? A space where we gift our labour to each other as opposed to institutions, co-create the
spaces to weather the coming disasters and mobilise a resistance that centres pleasure and joy.

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Feel Tank: Exhaustion

This session relates to the specific affects associated with navigating academia, activist and community spaces as exhausted feminists.

The workshop was commissioned as part of the UKRI GCRF funded project AH/S004149/1 'Creating new social imaginaries and critical democratic communities in post-war Sri Lanka through traditional culture and art' held by Dr Kiran Grewal.