`~What’s coming up?
Bring paper and pen, objects that inspire idea-making or rage, and actual, real questions. This isn’t a white woman signing a note “with love and rage.” This is as meaningful or actual rage-inducing as the participants make it.
Undoing: A workshop. What needs to be undone in order to do?
“We must be insistently aware of how space can be made to hide consequences from us, how relations of power and discipline are inscribed into the apparently innocent spatiality of social life, how human geographies become filled with politics and ideology.”
— Edward Soja
You teach a workshop on the same day as a protest, on the same day as a black boy rots in jail and a native one is denied entry to a state school, on the same day as another trans woc murder, on the same day your grandfather escaped a genocide almost 100 years ago. That same day.
The words liberation and resistance mean something. Ethics are not hanging around but must be embodied. Can a self-selected group of people work to find them in/as their bodies/a body? (I have no illusions about a collective, but instead: people in the same room.)
If this workshop is open, the acts surrounding “liberation” and “resistance” will apply in radically different ways to different people. Some people need to become, some people need to displace the act of becoming. Ideas like selfhood, coherence, recognition apply more to some, whereas things like aporia, displacement, listening apply more to others. By “apply” I mean to apply specific acts to the body, in an effort to blend post-dance centered somatic shmodalities to what liberation and resistance could actually mean; in other words, to try to locate a praxis, with bodies and the chosen space as a frame, for both.
This is an insane effort, and will be completely shaped by who shows up the day of the workshop. I am not an expert, and I probably shouldn’t be doing this as a cis white fem. So I’m changing what it means to “do this” aka teach: to engage in a rigorous and difficult process of inquiry together with no endpoints but what is experienced. Value thus arises; emergence is key in a space where many-bodied people exist. Some may call this co-struggle, though struggle may not be what’s needed; depending on the day, we may focus on dissociation, daydreams, cathartic confusion—the list goes on.
I think it’s terribly fraught, but the only way forward, to try to use the methods I have of embodied presence to try to facilitate a space of possibility for whoever arrives to move forward and undo and redo in a room at the same time. We may end up speaking more than moving. We’ll see.
I am in process with Yvonne Meier on a new work to be presented at Invisible Dog in Brooklyn, November 9-11.
I will be performing solo August 25 at Le Petit Versailles through Karl Cooney’s performance series; see info here on the series as a whole.
I toured around as missdick vibrocis, a noise/punk duo with Forced Into Femininity.
I recently presented extent of explosive lament several times through the Exponential Festival and Center For Performance (culmination of the Chez Bushwick residency).
I taught THIS WORKSHOP at the Glove, which I toured to Portland, Seattle, Boulder, and Chicago last summer, then to University of Kentucky Lexington where I was a guest artist in the fall. Invite me somewhere to teach it again!
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