“Concrete utopias are relational to historically situated struggles, a collectivity that is actualized or potential. Concrete utopias can also be daydream-like, but they are the hopes of a collective, an emergent group, or even the solitary oddball who is the one who dreams for many.”
― José Esteban Muñoz, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity
This retreat encompasses some of Jaamil Olawale Kosoko's research in performative emergence, complexity, and collaborative systems of resistance, refusal, survival, and pleasure. This event will be a performance-based retreat and intensive, and will consider how embodied fantasy in lived experience serves as a survivalist strategy inside turbulent socio-political space. This intensive workshop queries the ways in which people collaborate to archive their own freedom narratives, while performing alternative concepts of beauty and joy in the world.
To participate in the workshop some movement and performance composition experience is encouraged, however not required.
Centering an interdisciplinary approach to live performance-making, participants will design and perform inside the constructed realities they wish to inhabit. This creative lab will realise themes of care, trust, support, as well as the collective emergent strategies artist-citizens need in order to strengthen the mind and body to stage daring images and creative proposals, both on and off stage.
Participants are asked to bring costumes and various materials or objects that transform the visual state of their physical presentation. Together we will vision quest, strategise, design a multitude of possibilities for the future.
Members of the workshop will be asked to read and discuss certain assigned texts, including In the Wake by Christina Sharpe and Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown. Our research may manifest in a public performance action and celebration.
Workshop participants are encouraged to bring:
This space welcomes and encourages individuals who identify as QTPOC, indigenous to participate. This workshop is inclusive and open to artist-citizens who are interested in grappling with the interdisciplinarity and collaboration inherent in conversations around living inside a marked and/or “transgressive” body.