Open call for The School of Emergencies at ICA Yerevan


The School of Emergencies at ICA Yerevan

The lexicon of emergencies. 

Open call for participants


The time for easy learning and hard unlearning 

1st module 6th to 12th of November

Working hours from 14-00 till evenings.

Lunches before classes are provided at 13-00  everyday

2nd Module 4th to 16th of December

Time table will be specified later on.  


Curators of the project: Ruben Arevshatyan (ICA), Nazareth Karoyan (ICA), Azar Mahmoudian (Tehran/Berlin) and Dmitry Vilensky (Chto Delat International)

School Mentors: Nina Gasteva, Nikolay Oleynikov, Tsaplya Olga Egorova and Alexander Skidan (Chto Delat International)

Guest Lecturers: Keti Chukhrov, Vigen Galstyan, Rene Gabri and Ayreen Anastas, Rojda Tugrul 


We invite you to participate in this educational initiative.

Work language: English, Inclusion of Armenian, Russian and other languages are welcomed. 

This educational project is realized with support of Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Chto Delat Mutual Aid Fund and ICA supported by JHM Foundation


The School of Emergencies initiated by Chto Delat International is a transdisciplinary and translocal  school for artists, writers, researchers and activists which deals with topics of catastrophes and survival, emergencies and miracles, last times and new kinship. This educational program was started as a response to the outbreak of Russian-Ukraine full scale war in 2022, and it also deals with the unfolding all-encompassing crisis affecting every area of our lives.

The school is coming to Yerevan, in the midst of the humanitarian catastrophes in Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabakh with its incomprehensible consequences for Armenia and the region and it becomes a gesture of solidarity with the current tragedy of Armenian people.

The Yerevan iteration will be built around an intensive and convivial process of collective learning and doings. All together - the school participants, curators, mentors and invited teachers are looking for a new artistic language which is capable of grasping the situation of a more and more absurd and brutal world.

This time the program of the school will develop the score of the learning play* based on the process of composing a common lexicon of emergencies. We plan to use a collective text writing practice in many languages and translations, to implement a device of shadow theater and all participants of the school are welcomed to contribute to the group exhibition which will be transformed during the process of the realization of the school program. 

  What could you learn in this program?

- to make art in collective interactions

- develop together with mentors and curators your exhibition project and show it at the show at ICA in December 2023.

- to be open for improvisation

- to get into the histories and different discourses of ecology, philosophy of the repair and catastrophes, and much more

- develop your performative skills and learn the abilities of your body

- develop your writing skills making short entry for the lexicon

-sharing space, time, bread and wine - to be involved in a production of the performance with experienced and acclaimed director and choreographer


Please apply for the participation till October 30th by filling the form.

Participation in both modules in November and December is required. 

The selection of participants will be made by an international curatorial collective. The program is unfortunately limited to 21 participants but the school has an expanded public program opened to everyone. 


*About the Learning play method:

The learning play method comes from the development of the practices of “Lehrstücke”, whose theoretical foundations were laid by Bertolt Brecht and which later developed widely in various practices of forum theater. This method consists of taking a position in dialogue and conflict with other positions that deal with a particular problem. We also suggest not relying only on verbal articulation, but to try to find one's position through body language, its movements and interactions in exchange with other bodies. We also suggest that school participants could create their lexicon entries in a critical interaction with the artificial intelligence program ChatGPT.