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Anna Halprin, original score for In the Mountain/On the Mountain, 1981. Courtesy of Anna Halprin Papers, The Elyse Eng Dance Collection, Museum of Performance + Design.

Anna Halprin, original score for In the Mountain/On the Mountain, 1981. Courtesy of Anna Halprin Papers

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Who Would Be Free Themselves Must Strike the Blow

Two-Day Gathering with a Preamble

18 Jan 2019 - 20 Jan 2019

To celebrate the closing of Still I Rise, join us for a two-day gathering where multiple voices will question the production of feminist discourse, resistance strategies, gender abolition and more.
Expect workshops, talks, listening sessions, performances, food and screenings, exploring social movements, protest, violence, care, the commons, rituals and witchcraft. With contributions from Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, Barby Asante, The World in Which We Occur, Jota Mombaça, Shadow Sistxrs Fight Club and many more!
We're happy to announce a music act on Friday will be by Charismatic Megafauna. Lighting up the dancefloor and destroying it, this is party music for politically-minded people
More to be announced. Watch this space!
Preamble and Listening Session
Fri 18 Jan, 6-10pm
Introduction to the weekend and music act by Charismatic Megafauna.
Gathering Day 1
Sat 19 Jan, 10am-8pm
Contributions by Elif Sarican, Övül Durmusoglu, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, and more...
Workshops by Luisa Ungar and Milena Bonilla.
Performances by Barby Asante and The World in Which We Occur.
Gathering Day 2
Sun 20 Jan, 10am-2pm
Contributions by Jota Mombaça, and more...
Workshops by Shadow Sistxrs Fight Club.
Booking required


Barby Asante is a London based artist, curator, educator and occasional DJ.  Her work is concerned with the politics of place, space, identity and the histories and legacies of colonialism making work that is collaborative, performative and dialogic. She has created works that consider migration, safe spaces to gather in cities antagonistic to ones presence and how one maps the self as a contributor to narratives of society, culture and politics.
Her artistic practice explores the archival, makes propositions, collects and maps stories and contributions of people of colour using storytelling, collective actions, and ritual, to excavate, unearth and interrogate given narratives.  She resists the idea that the stories of "Other-ness" are alternatives to dominant given narratives, but are interruptions, utterances, presences that exist within, that are invisible, unheard, missing or ignored. By making these narratives visible, asking questions and making proposals she is interested in what these possibilities offer as we examine our present and envision our futures.
Charismatic Megafauna. With drum-hop-punk-powered missives about guys in spandex, and female ejaculation, Charismatic Megafauna want to light up the dancefloor and destroy it. This is party music for politically-minded people.
Maria Puig de la Bellacasa currently works at CIM, University of Warwick. Her work is interdisciplinary, working with science and technology studies, cultural geographies, feminist theory, the environmental humanities and political ecology. She is interested in how questions of ethics, politics and justice affect and are affected by scientific practices, as well as on the socio-cultural imaginaries enacted by technoscientific intervention. Currently she focuses on scientific approaches to the soil. Maria is also interested in alternative spaces of knowing and doing - everyday forms of ecological care, permaculture movements and materialist spiritualities. Her earlier work and publications are on feminist epistemologies and the transformations of the politics of knowledge. She is the author of Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More Than Human Worlds, in which she challenges conventional notions of care and the view that caring is only human.
Shadow Sistxrs Fight Club present a physical and metaphysical self-defence class for women, nonbinary people and QTIPoC witches. Combining Brazilian jujitsu with medicinal and magical herbalism, Shadow Sistxrs meditate on craft, culture and collective bodies as a radical and holistic approach to healing. Shadow Sistxrs Fight Club is run by Ayesha Tan-Jones and Monique Etienne.
The World in Which We Occur (TWWWO) is an event series co-led by Margarida Mendes and Jennifer Teets, taking place live over the telephone, and formulated around questions addressed by speakers across the world. Embarking on modern day issues rooted in the history of materiality and flux as well as pertinent politically enmeshed scientific affairs shaping our world today, the series’ premise is one of interrogation and epistemic search.