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Lipstix and Lipsynx
Fri, September 9, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM BST
Lipstix and Lipsynx Performative Workshop with Adam Saad and Raju Rage
Friday 9th September, 6.30-8.30pm as part of Dream Babes
Note: This workshop is for QTIPOC only. This is including, but not limited to Intersex, Bisexual, Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, Queer, Gender-Queer, Gender-Variant or non conforming, Undefined, Questioning, and Exploring persons) who are descended (through one or more parents) anywhere in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Indigenous peoples of Australasia, the Americas, the Islands of the Atlantic, Indian Pacific, and Roma Sinti (and) Travellers. We explicitly welcome and invite mixed heritage people. Our group includes people with varied race, ethnicity and sexual and gender identities. We welcome anyone who self-identifies as both queer and persons (people) of colour.
You are invited to join us for a workshop to un/cover our secret present selves and open up queer portals of self-affirmation for *moments of future whateva*.
The session will take two ideas/methods used by the facilitators within their practices and daily lives, as techniques of survival and revival. Lipsyncing and performances of Self Affirmation. We will discuss and perform what it means to be ‘us’: to be queer of colour / to disidentify* / to be outside and inside of the mainstream - and what we do to navigate these realms.
Identities that pay homage and femmage to: the gays / the faggots / the queers / the drags / the *trans / to our alter-egos/ to the divas of all genders and sexualities and all those that light up our hearts, minds and souls just by doing their thing.
We ask that you come with a song/track for you to perform a lip-sync to within the group *if you feel it to be the right moment. You can also choose on the day.
There will be lipsticks
There will be poppers
There will be lipsyncing
There will be mirrors and reflections
There will be our present and future selves...
(((all parts of workshop are optional, no pressure to do anything you don’t want to - main focus is on being comfortable in the moment and open to feel any way you want to feel)))
*Disidentification by José Esteban Muñoz looks at how those outside the racial and sexual mainstream negotiate majority culture—not by aligning themselves with or against exclusionary works but rather by transforming these works for their own cultural purposes.
Raju Rage is an interdisciplinary artist working mainly in performance, primarily using their non-conforming body as a vehicle of assemblage and embodiment. Looking at history and memory, in/visibility and the effect of politics, space, symbolism, stereotypes, ethnic codes, ideology and gazes impact the body, with a focus on race, class and gender. They are also an educator who has run workshops at festivals (back in the day) such as Transfabulous, Get Bent and Ladyfest in London, Manchester and Berlin exploring Radical Drag and Body Image and Empowerment. www.rajurage.com
Adam Saad is a London-born artist and composer, working in the realms of drawing, sound, inhaling, cruising and sculptural installation. Saad’s work signifies an ongoing endeavor to re-automate subjectivities, desire and gaze by intentionally exacerbating and engaging with the ‘failure’ and residue of particular *moments*, whilst manipulating their affect. Saad paradoxically hopes to discover newer - between – underneath - untainted ways of forming connection, companionship and unity within this present domain and beyond.