Harsh Light Online Talks at Bloc – 2nd + 16th Dec

Bloc Projects is excited to present the second instalment of Harsh Light webinars in December 2020. We will continue to examine how the art worlds have (not) coped in 2020, provide space for solace and solidarity, as well as propose some possible futures.

Harsh Light is becoming more than we could hope for. It is a platform for art workers to strategise and decompress during these sick times. We hold the space with critical and embodied care, inviting honest and at times vulnerable reflections from our peers, friends, and colleagues. Past speakers have already helped us think through anti-racist and climate justice work within institutions, and debunk the monolithic preconceptions that are tethered to disability.

The talks continues to use the Arts Council England (ACE) “Let’s Create” strategy as a point of departure. Amidst health, political and ecological crises, how do we feel about this vision to “transform a country by culture”? How, if at all, will ACE’s four investment principles of inclusivity and relevance, ambition and quality, dynamism, and environmental responsibility bring about the (art) worlds we want to have?

Amrita Dhallu & Priya Jay / 2 Dec
Amrita Dhallu and Priya Jay’s work intersects in the ways they enable and facilitate remembrances specific to loss. Focusing on curation as an embodied practice, they will talk about the care-based methodologies that lie at the core of their work. They will also discuss their project Maybetude, which explores the entangled relations between being, becoming, decaying, and being born.

Verity Birt, Una Hamilton Helle & Dr Edwin Coomesaru / 16 Dec
Variously working on gender, British identity, folklore and the occult, the speakers will be reflecting on the “E” of ACE—Arts Council England—and that which constitutes “Englishness”. The conversation will self-reflexively think through these English textures and their adoption in subcultural contexts, including white supremacist narratives of “blood and soil” nativism, as well as feminist and black metal reinscriptions of a more ecologically entangled landscape.

Posted on 25th November 2020

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