Nachtelijke Dwalingen Observational Skills Workshop Amsterdam In 2014, Nazima Kadir worked with the artist Maria Pask to conduct an observational skills workshop in the Red Light Light District Amsterdam. The workshop was a public art event as part of the Nachtelijke Dwalingen (translated roughly into evening wanderings or night derives) series curated by Julia Geerlings of the Oude Kerk, a cultural foundation housed in the oldest church and building in Amsterdam.
80 people participated in the event, divided into 4 groups. Participants visited and conducted observational exercises in ‘hidden’ religious communities in the Red Light District as well as a cheese shop and a sex shop.
In another workshop, Nazima Kadir taught a workshop on observational skills for the program, Learning from Kilburn, an experimental university program that occurred weekly along various spaces on Kilburn High Road, from October 2013 until March 2014. The program was directed by Tom Keeley of Spacemakers. The project’s brief was to teach a set of ideas/skills by using Kilburn as the initial point of reference. The larger context of the project was that tuition for UK universities had tripled from 2010 and so this project was among many at the time that strove to create a high quality, free, educational alternatives to higher education.
Photo Credit: Oude Kerk Amsterdam and the Photographer Ernst van Deursen