Collaborations archive

  • Workshop and Book Launch with Dr Meg-John Baker

    Wed 11 December 2019

    Collaboration with the Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender at The University of Brighton, Edward Street Room 105.

    This workshop explored the use of comics and zines to get research and academic ideas out to wider audiences, and as a form of ongoing self-care and/or reflexive practice. Meg-John Barker talked about their own experiences working on Queer: A Graphic History and the follow-up Graphic Guides to Gender and Sexuality, as well as developing the self-care zines available on their website, and creating comics for their book projects and as a form of queer personal care/inquiry. Workshop participants were invited to consider the ways in which they might use comics and zines in these ways themselves, and given the opportunity to try out create a reflective comic and designing a zine format which might work for communicating their ideas to a wider audience.

    The workshop was followed by an evening soiree for the launch of M-J Barker’s newest book ‘Gender: A Graphic Guide’ from 6-8pm.

  • Workshop: "Embodied Movement for Social Change" with Camille Barton

    Thurs 21st March 2019, 6-9pm

    Collaboration with Performing Borders and ACCA.

    Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

    In the Embodied Social Change workshop by Camille Barton, dance, somatics and mindfulness are used to explore how oppression is rooted in the body and how we can shift its hold on our lives using mindful attention and movement. The work is intended to generate new approaches to activism that focus on the body, as well as the mind.

    Camille Barton is a movement artist who brings her passion for social change to life through a variety of art mediums, including dance, film and clowning. Her art practise fuses improvisation, ritual and Afrofuturism to weave new realities inspired by the creativity of the African Diaspora.

    The workshop was part of performingborders | LIVE, a programme of events and new commissions focusing on the exploration of artistic practices happening within the UK live art sector around notions of cultural, juridical, racial, gendered, class, physical and everyday borders. Curated by Alessandra Cianetti and Xavier de Sousa.

  • Jackie Wang

    Thurs 28 June, 5pm

    The Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence and the Centre for American Studies were pleased to present the poet and scholar Jackie Wang, who will be discussing her new book Carceral Capitalism (Semiotext(e), 2018). 
    Carceral Capitalism examines the continuities across capitalist extraction, incarceration, and racial oppression, taking up such questions as the relationship between racial ghettos as geographic spaces, financial predation, and incarceration; the Black Panther Party's critique of industrial automation; the racial character of predictive policing algorithms; and the politics of "innocence." 
  • $elfie$

    In Collaboration with the Marlborough Theatre

    Saturday 25 November 7.30PM

    $elfie$ is is the third performance work in a series built around the ontologies of Black and Queer aesthetics against our current political moment.

    Operating with an expanded and leaky choreographic proposition, $elfie$ reneges the imprints of the contemporary moment and places them in high-relief. In full view, it suggests another world that looks at/away from/and fiercely transverses the emotional landscapes of allostatic load (the wear and tear of the body due to repeated stress) alongside unabashed, unapologetic joyousness, the advent of political melancholia and ambivalence to extreme forms of desire and violence.

    An unravelling work, $elfie$ holds the mirror to the audience and at the same time extricates itself into an existential and resistant aesthetic force–and that force says no to authoritarianisms stranglehold on our present and future aesthetics.

    Marikiscrycrycry is Malik Nashad Sharpe’s choreographic project.

    The performance was be followed by a discussion between the artist and Jamila Johnson-Small.