On Wounded Kinship, a screening followed by a performance by Chooc Ly Tan

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Join us for a screening and sonic performance exploring encounters between nonhuman knowledges and sound as a relation.

By focusing on practices that work with nonlinear and deep time, this event aims to reconstruct an archive that consists of indecipherable voices and fugitive memories to think about (in)audibility, translatability and vulnerable or silenced archives.

Screenings by Tirzah & Fleur Melbourn, Colectivo Los Ingravidos and Malena Szlam and followed by a performance by Chooc Ly Tan.


Recipe by Tirzah & Fleur Melbourn

4K video with audio, 4’15”, 2022

Recipe explores an inverted world where bits of debris and skin drown shots and light refractions cut through thick, polluted water. Light floods writhing skin as bodies dance in clear waters.

The film is largely set around the deep waters of a shipwreck off the coast of Pireaus, Greece. Other shots are filmed at the meeting of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas in Crete.

Recipe (2022) was commissioned by Tirzah and Domino Recording Company for the release of Tirzah’s new album Colourgrade.

Coyolxauhqui by Los Colectivo Ingravidos

16 mm to HD video with audio, 9’46”, 2017

Coyolxauhqui (2017) is a searing evocation of femicide in rural Mexico. It recasts the dismemberment of the Aztec moon goddess Coyolxauhqui by her brother Huitzilopochtli, sun, human sacrifice and war god. A visual poem about the cyclical nature of traditional myths and rituals, Coyolxauhqui is part of a trilogy that proposes itself as an act of political resistance, exploring the connection of current Mexican femicides to larger cultural formations.

"Past and present gendered violence haunts Colectivo Los Ingrávidos’ Coyolxauhqui, a free jazz audiovisual composition in which the cacti of the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán valley seem to be the only witnesses of femicide." Laura Huertas Millán

ALTIPLANO by Malena Szlam

35mm, color, sound, 15'30", 2018

Filmed in the Andean Mountains in the traditional lands of the Atacameño, Aymara, and Calchaquí-Diaguita in Chile and Argentina, ALTIPLANO takes place within a geological universe of ancestral salt flats, volcanic deserts, and coloured lakes, coupled with a soundscape generated from infrasound recordings of volcanoes, geysers, blue whales, and more. Located at the heart of a natural ecosystem threatened by a century of saltpeter and nitrate mining practices, and recent geothermic exploitation, ALTIPLANO reveals an ancient land standing witness to all that is, was, and will be.

The screening will be followed by a performance by multi-disciplinary artist Chooc-Ly Tan titled Earth Friction: Geological Forces_Forced Nature drawn from the artist's fascination with natural phenomena and volcanic activities, as well as their ongoing research on the work of indigenous and diasporic activists.

About the event

Free. Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

The duration of the event is two hours. Seating is available.


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Speakers will use microphones.

This event is wheelchair accessible.

There are no audio descriptions for this event.

If you have any questions around access or have specific access requirements we can accommodate, please get in touch with us by emailing info@nottinghamcontemporary.org or phoning 0115 948 9750.

Safety during your visit

Please do not attend this event if you/someone in your household is currently COVID-19 positive, has suspected symptoms or is awaiting test results.

Staff and visitors are welcome to wear a face mask in all areas.

Colectivo Los Ingrávidos (Tehuacán) is a Mexican film collective founded in 2012 to dismantle the commercial and corporate audiovisual grammar and its embedded ideology. The collective is inspired by the historical avant-gardes, and their commitment to using both form and content against alienating realities. Their methods combine digital and analog mediums, interventions on archival materials, mythology, agitprop, social protests, and documentary poetry. Their radical experimentations on documentary and cinematographic devices produce images, both visual and auditory that are political possibilities in their own right

Fleur Melbourn is a visual artist and writer. Working mainly with video, her work deals with issues of trauma, classism and patriarchy, and the body and city as spaces of sociopolitical control. Using non-linear, layered narratives, protagonists are placed in a continual tug of war between fiction and reality. Dense scripts, chopped dialogue and repetition explore social relationships where emotion, gender, class and history are co-opted by systems of power. Exhibitions, commissions and residencies include; The Sculpture Center (NYC), The Serpentine Gallery (UK), Triangle France (FR), Centre d’Art Neuchâtel (CH), Jerwood Visual Arts (UK), The Austrian Cultural Forum (UK), Camden Arts Centre (UK), Le Bourgeois (UK), Belsunce Projects (FR) and Moly Sabata (FR).

Tirzah is a singer and songwriter based in South London. Her two critically acclaimed studio albums, both produced by close friend Mica Levi, were released by Domino in 2018 and 2021. In 2022 Tirzah embarked on headline tours of the UK, Europe, and North America. Her videos, shot by friends and collaborators, accompany Tirzah’s understated but affecting melodies and warm electronic production, sometimes centre the artist and others as performers, but just as often open a window onto the community around her music.

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