This event comprises of IMMA Talks – discussion and performance with project participants of Alien Embodiments. A body based, movement oriented out-reach programme led by artists/thinkers/educators Alice Feldman and Rajinder Singh in response to the IMMA exhibition The Otolith Group, Xenogenesis.
Alien Embodiments took place between September 2022 and May 2023 and comprised two strands: Guide which involved a core group of participants working online with Rajinder Singh developing embodied responses to the art works in Xenogenesis; and The Bureau of Decolonial Aesthesis led by Alice Feldman which involved participants working on site in IMMA’s Studio 8.
As we close off this iteration of collaborative work, join project participants on 13 May for an afternoon event with Rajinder Singh and Alice Feldman for explorations and discussions as well as live and recorded performances from a global cohort of participants on our knowledge project in response to the exhibition The Otolith Group Xenogenesis.
What is_ Critical Race Theory? Talk & Discussion with Dr John Wilkins and others also takes place on the same day from 11.30am in the Lecture Room. For more details see below.
Date: 13 May 2023 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Venue: IMMA Lecture Room, Courtyard and Studio 8
1.30pm – 2.30pm 10mins Performance: Subhashini Goda Venkataramani
2.30pm – 2.40pm Welcome & Introduction
2.40pm – 2.50pm Rajinder Singh, Overview of Guide
2.50pm – 3.20pm Guide presentations
3.20pm – 3.30pm Q&A
3.30pm – 3.40pm Alice Feldman, Overview of The Bureau of Decolonial Aesthesis
3.40pm – 4.10pm Bureau presentations
4.10pm – 4.30pm Q&A & closing remarks
4.30pm – 5.30pm Open Studio
GUIDE – participants: Temitope Bademosi, Jimmy Ó Briain Billings, Adam Denton, Clareese Hill, Barbara Jyacntho, Sarah Kariko, Toh Ling, Justine McDonnell, Subhashini Goda Venkataramani Miranda Arkwright.
The Bureau of Decolonial Aesthesis -participants: Temitope Bademosi, Alyssa De ArmasNgozi Elobuike, Zoe Luba, Cecilia Mendes, Niamh Munglani, Nadja Schliephake, Candace Thomas, Charlotte van Braam, Nada Yehia; Beings-In-Residence: Diane Nititham-Tunney, Victory Nwabu-Ekeoma
Rajinder Singh came to Alien Embodiments as a choreographer and movement based artist. His work is in the national permanent collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Glucksman Museum and the Arts Council of Ireland. He is the Artist-in Residence, MA Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies, University College Dublin with Dr Alice Feldman since 2019. Rajinder is a
member of artist collective Art Nomads and a member of Temple Bar Artist Studios and Gallery.
Following two decades of working in Ireland at the intersections of aesthetics, epistemology and pedagogy both in and outside of the university, the MA that Alice Feldman established in the School of Sociology had been running for two years when she and Rajinder began their work together. At the centre of the programme are decolonial experiments around embodied knowledges, pluriversality and re-existence.
Temitope Bademosi is an ardent believer in ‘beauty in diversity’ and is intrigued by and works in the space of cultural encounters. Her research interest launches from the premise of the decoloniality of being, weaving its way through epistemologies of the global south, embodied knowledges and cultural contact zones. Pluriversality and cognitive/knowledge justice are central to her field of work. She is currently expressing her transformative praxis of re-imagining/being/doing by balancing the stories of Western hegemonic discourses with voices that emanate from in-between the borders.
Subhashini Goda Venkataramani is an interdisciplinary artist and an academic from Chennai, India, specialising in the dance form of Bharatanatyam. She has been practising and performing for close to three decades and has taught the dance form for well over fifteen years. With a masters in English literature and another Erasmus international joint masters in Dance Anthropology, the core of her artistic practice revolves around traditions, transgressions, and memories and her academic work centres on migration and identity. She is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD, funded by the IRC, at University College Dublin on the practice of Bharatanatyam in the Indo-Irish diaspora, and has given performances and workshops at a couple of festivals in Ireland.
Niamh Asha Munglani is a half-Irish, half-Indian British historian and artist from Bristol, UK. Through her work, she aims to address colonial amnesia in British Public History. Through examination of history curricula and textbooks, she is cultivating a decolonial praxis around how this information can be displayed visually and most accessible to the broad public. Her work is underpinned by her lived experiences of being a mixed-race woman navigating and deconstructing her lived identities.
Victory Nwabu-Ekeoma is an Igbo-Irish writer, artist, and researcher. She has an interest in health-related knowledge communication and creative knowledge translation. Her practice is continually engaged in zine-making and publishing, having worked on and contributed to several artist-led publications independently and collaboratively. She is the founder and editor of Bia! — a publication exploring immigration, food, and culture. Victory is currently a Being-in-Residence at The Bureau.
Candace Thomas is a “Showmen”-Traveller doctoral student in the School of Sociology at UCD. Her work explores being (vs ‘belonging’), unsettlement and placemaking in the “Showmen”- Traveller and Yazidi Refugee communities to realize the use of decolonial service design in the Third Sector. Through an ongoing collaboration, she is cultivating a multi-phase decolonial praxis of consultation and workshopping, development and programme delivery that uses creative mediums like “Dialectograms” to map each communities unique value systems.
Charlotte van Braam explores art-making as decolonial praxis where she focuses on exploring embodied knowledge and identity. As part of the post-colonial diaspora, she centres understanding of her positionality and relationality linked to colonialism and mixed-race identity. This, in turns, forms the basis of her research in decolonial museum practices and geographies, and diaspora-led exhibitions as decolonial practices.
This talk will be audio recorded and available to listen back to from 30 May 2023.
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