Nov 2023–Jun 2024

Groundwork is a seven-month library residency at Canal Projects, New York. Over this period, the space will grow as a collective workshop for learning and convening—gathering together friends, old and new, to think and transform together.

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Featuring Stephen Hanmer D'Elía and others

Jun 23, 2024

The Clemente, 107 Suffolk St, NYC, Studio 309

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How can we learn unexpected languages for communicating with ourselves and others? What formats can help to translate between the body and our perceptions in a playful way?

Join us for this special program with therapist, social worker, and policy maker Stephen Hanmer D'Elía, which helps DOT to transition from its Canal Projects library residency and inaugurate the micro-residency at The Clemente. Through a set of intra- and interpersonal exercises in different configurations, Stephen will introduce experimental tools for self-reflection, growth, and connection with our past. Stephen’s approach addresses the layered complexities of feelings and experiences, uncovering embodied personal capacities that are already at play. Opening up a space of experimentation, this event points towards the DOT’s future programs at The Clemente starting in Fall 2024, which focus on developing collaborative methods for creative practice and mutual learning.

Presented by The Clemente and Canal Projects

Stephen Hanmer D’Elía has worked and lived in over 20 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America supporting children and families impacted by trauma, violence, and conflict. Whether child welfare in New York city, post-conflict recovery in Liberia, or Afghan refugee assistance in Pakistan, Stephen has worked through the interconnected lenses of therapy, policy development, and program implementation. An encompassing theme throughout Stephen’s journey is the primacy of relationships—in every interaction, no matter how ephemeral, lies an opportunity for grace, healing, and connection.