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Performance by The World in Which We Occur

Margarida Mendes and Jennifer Teets hosting The World in Which We Occur, XII Baltic Triennial, CAC Vilnius

Performance by The World in Which We Occur

Margarida Mendes and Jennifer Teets hosting The World in Which We Occur, XII Baltic Triennial, CAC Vilnius

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Who Would Be Free, Themselves Must Strike the Blow

Performance by The World in Which We Occur

19 Jan 2019

4.30-6pm
 
 
The World in Which We Occur (TWWWO) is a curatorial research-based entity that explores themes concerned with artistic inquiry, philosophy of science, and ecology. TWWWO began as a live event series over the telephone co-curated by Margarida Mendes and Jennifer Teets in 2014, and has thus expanded to other formats such as Matter in Flux, an online monthly study group with participants from different fields across the world. TWWWO takes into account modern day issues rooted in the history of materiality and metabolism as well as pertinent politically enmeshed scientific affairs shaping our world today. 
 
Loosely inspired by, and set in the legacy of hybrids growing out of artist James Lee Byars’ 1969 "World Question Centre," The World in Which We Occur’s telephone event series underlines the necessity for inquiry over an assertiveness of responses. “Could you offer us a question that you feel is pertinent in regards to your own evolution of knowledge?” asks Byars at the end of the line. The World in Which We Occur's event series unveils incentives or queries as to generate further questions to build upon. It also aims to open up other areas of knowledge and speculation stemming from the core exercise of explicating one’s relationship within the current state of nature, in an era of erratic climatic behaviors. As a curation of voices, each session departs from an assisted dialing room set in an auditorium and is shared with an audience of listeners. To date, TWWWO has hosted sessions on the core debates of earth metabolisms, grief and climate change, water politics, the underground, the pharmakons, molecular colonialism, states of reserve, and the Anthropocene, collaborating with international institutions. The sessions are outsourced in the form of a growing voice archive at www.twwwo.org
 
 
For Nottingham Contemporary The World in Which We Occur has curated the session Bodily Coalitions with guests Sophie Lewis, France Winddance Twine and Jenna Bliss.
 
The session Bodily Coalitions will probe the intersection of critical feminist practices with the reality of biological reproduction and environmental transformations in today’s society. By thinking about the body as a chemical and affective assemblage, we will look into insurgent narratives and coalitions that propel further its conception as a political milieu, capable of social reinvention. We will address topics from transnational surrogacy to pharmacological defiance, challenging the scalar conception of bodies in the contemporary days of capitalist expropriation.
 
With support from Foundation for Arts Initiatives.
 
 
This event is part of the gathering Who Would Be Free, Themselves Must Strike the Blow. See the full programme here.
 
Free. Booking required.
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Jennifer Teets is a curator, writer, researcher and performer based in Paris. She is known for her research on cheese, mud, and terra sigillata – their transitioning towards materiality and entity and their ability to become something else when put in an exhibition or an essay. Her research and writing combines inquiry, sciences studies, philosophy, and fiction-critique, and performs as an interrogative springboard for her curatorial practice. Together with artist/philosopher Lorenzo Cirrincione (2014-onwards) she curates Elusive Earths, an ongoing in situ work, process, and dialogue that looks to the elusiveness of rare clays, soils, and earths with forgotten origins. Over time this research has involved different forms of replication, extraction, and multiplication of processes and their distribution as “clay narratives.” She has written extensively on art and curating in international art magazines and other publications and frequently lectures on curating and artistic research. Her writing can be accessed here: https://sciences-po.academia.edu/JenniferTeets
 
 
Margarida Mendes is a curator and educator based in Lisbon. Exploring the overlap between cybernetics, ecology and experimental film, her personal research investigates the dynamic transformations of the environment and its impact on societal structures and cultural production. She is interested in exploring alternative modes of education and political resilience through her collaborative practice, programming, and activism. She curates across the world and was part of the curatorial team of the 11th Gwangju Biennale “The 8th Climate (what does art do?)”, (2016) and 4th Istanbul Design Biennale "A School of Schools" (2018). In 2016 she curated the long-term research exhibition MATTER FICTIONS, at Museu Berardo, Lisbon, publishing a joint reader with Sternberg Press. She has directed several educational platforms, such as escuelita, an informal school at Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M), Madrid (2017), The Barber Shop project space in Lisbon dedicated to transdisciplinary research (2009-15). She is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Visual Cultures Department, Goldsmiths University of London with the project “Deep Sea Spectrum” and is a frequent collaborator of the online channel for exploratory video and documentary reporting Inhabitants.
 
 
Jenna Bliss is an artist and filmmaker currently based in New York. She recently completed an hour long documentary, The People’s Detox and a book, Suicide Girls coming out in 2019 with sax publishers. Recent exhibitions and performances include, 56 Artillery Lane at Raven Row, London (2017) Step into Spring with Gili Tal at Cell Project Space, London (2017), Special Reception, South London Gallery, The Heights, St George's Hotel, London, 323RLS, London (2017) and a solo presentation at OUTPOST, Norwich (2017). In 2017, Bliss organized a series of private, semi-private and public events Nihilism and Self Care at KW, Berlin. Bliss was a 2016-17 participant in the Whitney Independent Study Program. 
 

Sophie Lewis is a theorist, translator and utopian living in Philadelphia whose first book, Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family, will be published on May 7th 2019. She studied English at Oxford, politics at the New School, and geography (for her PhD) at Manchester University, strands she now combines by participating in various projects including the Out of the Woods anticapitalist ecological writing collective.

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