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EcoFutures takes place in East London and brings together over 70 artists, activists and theorists from all over the world to create a platform for discussion and experimentation around urgent environmental and ecological issues such as climate change, extinction, pollution, health and sustainability through an intersectional, feminist and queer lens.
Fusing dance, storytelling and audiovisual projections, Mother The Verb is a performance with an air of ritual enacted from queer, trans and indigenous/of colour perspectives. Exploring motherhood and its redemptive potential through a tender, physical language, this piece is a bold and complex study of the toxic effects produced by colonialism and ecological violence on human and planetary relations.
“Because our nursing infants are at the top of the food chain, they inherit a body burden of industrial contaminants from our blood by way of our milk; thus are we part of the landfill, colonized.”
– Katsi Cook, Mohawk Native American Scholar and Midwife
Ivan “Ivy” Monteiro (Brasil) is a performance artist working across dance, music and visual arts. Their work contests gender, social and racial expectations through processes of (dis)identification and draws from ancestral and spiritual knowledges to enact futuristic scenes of redemption, reparation and healing. Ivan also goes by the name “Tropikahl Pussy”, producing “draglesque” and live music performances.
Javier Stell-Frésquez (Piru & Tigua Native American from El Paso, Texas) is a performance artist and choreographer working with a variety of dance forms including ballroom voguing. She produces Two-Spirit performance festivals and community events in SF Bay Area and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Stanford University. Javier also facilitates discussions and workshops on decolonial equity frameworks and Indigenous Land Acknowledgments.
Mother The Verb is part of EcoFutures festival (4-19 April 2019), organized by CUNTemporary / Arts Feminism Queer. More info on www.cuntemporary.org
The artists will conduct a workshop at Chisenhale Dance Space on Sunday 7 April 1-5pm. More information available on the website.
Mother The Verb premiered in San Francisco as part of Counterpulse Artist Residency Commissioning Program.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Ivan Monteiro’s travel has been supported by STEP travel grant (European Cultural Foundation & Compagnia di San Paolo).
We would like to thank Chisenhale Dance Space for their in-kind support.
Mother the Verb: https://www.facebook.com/MotherTheVerb
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/306877713358241/
IG: @hellatropikahl and @jfresquez
General info: firstname.lastname@example.org
a theoretical-practical bio-hacking/bio-art workshop
by Quimera Rosa
presented as part of EcoFutures festival
With a commitment to creative self-experimentation, open-source data and biomedical research, Quimera Rosa’s workshop will utilise bio-hacking DIY techniques to challenge binary identity principles that often separate humans from their non-human relations.
This workshop is based on two years of biomedical research arising from the artist’s project Trans*Plant, and the ethical issues they encountered through its development. Their research has led to the creation of two parallel processes. Firstly, “My disease is an artistic creation,” aims to replicate and release a medical technique called Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) to treat condylomata of HPV. The second strand develops a protocol for the first intravenous chlorophyll in humans. During this workshop participants will be introduced to the legal and ethical frameworks for working with biological materials, as well as techniques and tools to work with cell cultures. With this knowledge, and through the use of various biomedical techniques, each participant will create a new symbiotic being based on a composite preparation for plant cells and mycorrhizal fungi with the contribution of human material (cells, hormones or bacteria).
The workshop is aimed at people who are interested in the (de)construction of identity or who want to experiment with it. No prior knowledge is required as we encourage a curious and experimental approach.
Trans*Plant is a transdisciplinary project, initiated by Quimera Rosa in 2016, that utilizes living systems and self-experimentation. It is a process that involves a ‘human > plant’ transition in various formats. The project juxtaposes disciplines such as arts, philosophy, biology, ecology, physics, botanics, medicine, nursing, pharmacology and electronics. The project is involved in the current debates surrounding the Anthropocene from a perspective which is not based on ‘human exceptionalness and methodological individualism’ (Donna Haraway), but that addresses the world and its inhabitants as the product of ‘cyborg processes’, of ‘becoming with’ (Vinciane Desprets) and of ‘sympoiesis’ (Haraway).
The greatest problem with the dominant strand of ecology is that it is based on a notion of ‘nature’ which is separate from humanity and the rest of the universe. Such discourses of ecology lead to colonial and binary relations between nature and culture, and an almost infinite list of other binomials founded in modern Western thought: man / woman, white / non-white, straight / queer, science / witchcraft, adult / child, normal / abnormal. The second term of each binomial is associated with nature and is therefore subjected to the same regime of violence.
Through heterotrophy carried out to its maximum, a necropolitics is constituted that literally ‘consumes’ everything on this planet. ‘Protecting nature’ seems to be a bad idea… It is strange how it is generally accepted that an individual, delimited by the skin, constitutes a living being, but that the planet as a whole is not regarded in this way. It is time to conceive of ‘ungrid-able ecologies’ (Natasha Myers) and ways of ‘un-greening the green’ (Jens Hauser).
In order to conceive of a non-anthropocentric ecology, we need to move away from identities based on essences and move towards an understanding of identities based on numerous relationships. While a human > plant transition process that includes an intravenous chlorophyll protocol will generate fears, fantasies and judgments, it can nevertheless open up the debate on identity systems. The process of self-experimentation is never an individual process, it is always a collective one. Obtaining a pure molecule of chlorophyll is as hard as getting testosterone from the pharmaceutical and biomedical industry or the legal and health system. All life is patented.
Trans*Plant would not be possible without the different ecosystems of which it is part.
Created in Barcelona in 2008, Quimera Rosa [Pink Chimera] is a nomadic lab that researches and experiments on body, technoscience and identities. Quimera Rosa aims to develop practices that produce non-natural cyborg identities from a transdisciplinary perspective. Inspired by Donna Haraway’s notion of the cyborg defined as: “chimeras, theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism,” the collective deconstructs sex and gender identities as well as the interactions between body/machine/environment. Their performances produce hybridised beings and chimeras to explore aspects of subjectivity which result from the incorporation of prosthetics.
Informed by transfeminist and post-identitarian discourses, they see bodies as platforms for public intervention that can test the limits between public and private. Sexuality is understood as a technological and artistic creation with which to experiment, hybridize and blur the frontiers between natural / artificial, normal / abnormal, male / female, hetero / homo, human / animal, animal / plant, art / politics, art / science, reality / fiction…
Most of Quimera Rosa’s work is conducted in a collaborative manner and free of patents and proprietary codes. It has been presented in streets, contemporary art centres, bars, galleries, universities, concert halls, colleges, discos, museums, squats, festivals and theatres.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Quimera Rosa’s travel has been supported by STEP travel grant (European Cultural Foundation & Compagnia di San Paolo).
With thanks to Raphael Kim, Queen Mary University of London, for the technical assistance.
£70-80 for the 5 day workshop / includes material costs / only 10 places available
Ticket link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sf-transplant-tickets-57333562228
Deep Trash is a bi-annual, one-night-only event featuring live, uncensored and challenging performances, installations, one-to-one encounters, artworks, visuals and videos spread over 2 floors in 3 rooms by over 40 artists from all over the world all under the same roof in East London’s legendary Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club.
The venue will be open from 8pm, with a 1-hour curated screening on loop. The event will also include an exhibition, interactive and immersive installations and all-night performances that address sexuality, gender and race in relation to the environment and ecology.
The DJ set by Moonbow (Siren collective) will fuse organic and sci fi sounds of cyberpunk films and anime. Followed by Karen Wilkins (Opulence), infecting the dancefloor with deep, rhythmic, percussive techno grooves till the end of the night. In the basement, Smaragda will get you dancing to the latest pussytronic/queertonic dance beats around midnight.
Expect to experience both present and future visions of our ecological landscapes in a variety of utopic possibilities and dystopic realities. Sticky encounters with hybrid creatures, antidotes to overconsumption in a technofuturist dimension and a unique living incarnation of Whitechapel’s ‘Fatberg’ will fill up the rooms of this immersive Eco Trash experience. You might also come across some mystic papayas, acts of shared ecolove and ecosex, BDSM technoshamanist rituals against the current ecocide, queer counteractions to the Anthropocene, Afrofuturistic sonic healing and the sacred cleansing of our inner (yoni) climate.
Dressing up (or undressing) is highly encouraged.