Gilbert Adair Reads from SYZEM: Book Two

During a recent visit to Stroud, Hawaii-based poet Gilbert Adair gave an impromptu reading from his recently published ‘SYZEM: Book Two – A Book of Sky and Islands (& a city)’. Gilbert gives a short introduction to the work, in which he explains the inspiration for it. In this case that involves the cultivation of genetically modified crops in Kawaihae designed to withstand pesticides. This is combined with elements of the Anglo-Saxon chronicles, the story of Salome and the ‘Salomania’ craze that spread the Europe and America at the beginning of the 20th century. Following Gilbert’s reading there is a short discussion between myself and Gilbert about the work.


Duke Skullcracker Talk

Below is a recording I recently gave to the FHI Social Practice Lab at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina on April 16th. Many thanks for Pedro Lasch, director of the lab, for extending the invitation.

Vodou 2.0 Talk

Here is a video of my talk ‘Vodou 2.0: Countering Popular Misconceptions of Vodou for the 21st Century’ that I gave at the Konesans Conference in Newcastle on Friday. I highly recommend following the links on my Youtube site, particularly to Math Jerome’s Vodou Connection channel, the most extensive and unadulterated archive of Haitian Vodou ceremonials that I have come across on the internet.

Call for the 6th Ghetto Biennale

A call for artists and curators (calls in Kreyòl, 官话, Português, لغة العربية, Español, русский, Ελληνικά, Deutsche, Français, नॉट available soon on the website)

‘Every form of enslavement generates in one way or another an opposing struggle for liberation’ Carolyn E. Fick, The Making of Haiti, (The University of Tennessee Press 1990)

The Haitian Revolution, possibly one of the most important and overlooked, revolutions of the world appears to have been written out of Western history.

‘The silencing of the Haitian Revolution is only a chapter within a narrative of global domination. It is part of the history of the West.’
Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Silencing The Past, (Beacon Press, Boston 1995)

We welcome projects that both memorialise, and challenge the memorialization of, the Haitian Revolution. We are looking for alternate narratives to the Slaves Revolt. We invite complex readings of the leaders as well as alternate histories from below. We encourage non-binary, queer, surreal and magic versions of the slaves revolt.

We ask for historically reflective, contemporarily comparative and future speculative projects which use the Haitian Slaves Revolt as a starting point.

‘The paradox between the discourse of freedom and the practice of slavery marked the ascendancy of a succession of Western nations within the early modern global economy.’ 
Susan Buck-Morss, Hegel, Haiti and Universal History, (University of Pittsburg Press 2009)

The 6th Ghetto Biennale 2019 will take place from the 29th November until the 20th December 2017. All works must be made and exhibited in Haiti. Artists and curators will be invited to pass, no less than ten days and up to three weeks in Haiti before presenting their work in the neighbourhood.

The deadline for proposal applications is midnight Sun 28th April BST and our decisions will be made and announced by mid-May.

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Morphologies of Invisible Agents (26th April – 18th May)

Image by Hermione Spriggs

I’m very excited about the forthcoming show Morphologies of Invisible Agents that will take place at Space Studios in Hackney between the 26th April and 18th May. The show has been generated through a collaborative project led by Martin Holbraad (UCL) and David Burrows (Slade) that brings together anthropologists and artists with a shared interest in diagrams. I have been working with Kelly Fagan Robinson, an anthropologist working on disability, communication and applied public policy.

The exhibition will have a soft opening on Friday April 26th and a formal Private View on Thursday May 2nd between 6 and 9 pm. The participating artists are David Burrows, Lucy Cash, John Cussans, Melanie Jackson, Dean Kenning, Lucy A Sames and Hermione Spriggs. The participating anthropologists are Narges Ansari, Igor Cherstich, Martin Holbraad, Kelly Fagan Robinson, Julia Sauma, Kaya Uzel.

There is a program of scheduled public events, including presentations by myself and Dean Kenning on Saturday May 4th, when I will be presenting part 2 of my ‘BC Time-Slip/Cannibal Metaphysics’ lecture, the first half of which can be seen here. There will also be performances during the exhibition by AAS and Plastique Fantastique. Details forthcoming…

All events are free and open to the public.