Lonely and Hungry - Veronika Nguyen & Jackie Wang (2011)
Hysteria - Raja Rage
Langauge Product by Furen Dai
Furen Dai's video work begin with her research on a Secret Women Language called NvShu, which was originated and developed as a secret code among women in Hunan Province, China. Through research she discovered that though the language has lost its functionality, women who know the language have been pressured into performing their cultural activities as entertainment for tourists for menial wages. She has presented a language factory in her video and the act of producing secret women language as art object to sell to people who don't have access to the meaning of the language.
We Need New Names by Oneyka Igwe
We Need New Names is an essay video work examining how a diasporic identity can be formed and performed through the inherent contradictions of an ethnographic reading of a traditional Igbo funeral. Using both fiction and archive to explore home, identity, blackness, gender and cultural memory.
Oneyka Igwe is an artist filmmaker living and working in London. She studied at Goldsmiths College for a Masters in non-fiction filmmaking. She came to video art from a radical political activist experience, hoping to develop filmmaking practice as a way of doing politics. Onyeka’s work has been screened in festivals and galleries across the UK, Europe, and North America such as the V&A, London Film Festival and Internationale Kurtzfilmtage Wintherthur.
The Rosa Song by Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay is an artist and diarist. His artistic gestures in sound, video and text contemplate the history of song and the gender of voices, the rendering of love and emotion into language, and the resurrection and manipulation of voices – sung, spoken or screamed. Forty years after the release of Rosa von Praunheim's ground-breaking 1971 film It is not the homosexual who is perverse, rather the situation in which he lives, a group of men assemble to review, rewrite and restage its legendary final scene. The Rosa Song combines dialogue from the original with challenging new ideas about gay male life in Germany and internationally, concluding with a musical manifesto that breathes new life into this 1970s classic.
Lonely and Hungry by Veronika Nguyen & Jackie Wang
A cut-up poem based on a real-life incident where a lonely and hungry woman assaulted a cop with a dildo.
Jackie Wang is a queer poet, essayist, filmmaker, performer, alien and prison abolitionist and is pursuing a PhD at Harvard University. Veronika Nguyen is queer, hates bios and works full time as a burns specialist nurse in Ho Chí Minh.
Gender and the moving image
Monday 21 November
Talbot Rice Gallery, 12pm - 5pm
A day of creative debate and discussion exploring queer and feminist perspectives on gender in film, video and cinema, with contributions from artists, curators, writers and performers.
Access: BSL interpretation and films subtitled in English
Screen Reader at The University of Edinburgh (and member of Cruising the Seventies queer research project)
Discusses British queer screenings from the 70s
Curator and director of Digital Desparados
Discusses their practice and GLITCH, a film festival focusing on queer people of colour.
Artist and performer
Presents Visibility or Opacity?, a performative presentation
Miss Annabel Sings
Host of Edinburgh queer cabaret Dive
The event will feature screenings of films and videos by Jamie Crewe, Furen Dai, Oneyka Igwe, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay and Veronika Nguyen & Jackie Wang.
There will be Q&As, breaks and refreshments throughout the day. Gender neutral toilets available.
Event supported by The University of Edinburgh.
Jamie Crewe is an artist, a singer and a beautiful bronze figure with a polished cocotte's head. Crewe will present materials connected to the SUPERLUX Reading Group they are leading on Wednesday 23rd November, while also referring to their own practice.
Glyn Davis is part of the three-year HERA-funded project, entitled Cruising the Seventies or CRUSEV. The research question at the heart of CRUSEV is: how might we best reconstruct and understand LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) social and sexual cultures from the decade between the advent of an international gay rights movement and the first reported cases of HIV/AIDS, and what can this knowledge contribute to understandings of queer politics and identity in Europe’s present and future?
Nosheen Khwaja is Co-Founder, Chair & Artistic Director of Digital Desperados.
The organisation aims to
Raju Rage is an interdisciplinary artist who is proactive about carving space and using art and activism to forge creative survival.
Based in London and working beyond, they are interested in the role of art in social change as well as art and everyday lives. They are focused on knowledge and creative production both inside but mostly outside of academia and institutions, within pro/active creative and activist communities.
Raju Rage’s work interrogates the ways in which history and memory, in/visibility and the affect of politics, space, symbolism, stereotypes, ethnic codes, ideology and gazes impact the body, with a focus on race, class and gender.
They work in live art, performance, soundscapes and moving image, focusing on de-con-structive techniques of resistance such as interruption, confusion, disturbance. They primarily use their non-conforming body as a vehicle of assemblage and embodiment.
They are an organiser and member of Collective Creativity arts collective.
Raju Rage continues to be a creative educator, working for over a decade in creative education with an interest in radical pedagogy.
Miss Annabel Sings is originally from London, where she started life training as an actor only to find her way to be a professional clown on the neo-cabaret scene. She proudly was a trailblazer in the revival of Vaudeville in Britain ‘noughties’ where at the time very few people knew what it was. As co-director of twice nominated performance collective ‘Eat Your Heart Out’. She played aninstrumental role in making performance art and Live art accessible to everyone by bringing the art form out of universities and Gallery Spaces and into pubs and accessible venues. Art and performance is for everyone to create, curate and participate. Annabel co produces, curates and hosts Dive! Edinburgh’s Premier Queer Party and Cabaret (Twice listed in The List top 100 and shortlisted for 2015s inaugural Scottish Equality Networks LGBTI+ awards (in the diversity category). LGBTI+ is a huge part of Annabel’s life and it is with immense pride she is one of Edinburgh’s leading advocates for visibility and inclusivity. With Dive and her own practise Annabel wants to remind everyone that anything is possible if you put your heart, mind and passion into it