A blood rite/ mourning ritual/gift ceremony for tomorrow & tomorrow. JD uses a pencil and a needle in a distributed ink drawing practice that takes place between bodies in a space of mutual exchange. The custodian of each drawing makes the first sketch in words as part of a conversation process where narratives are shared and compared, and where the groundwork is laid in language for making a meaningful ritual. Finally, the image is etched in ink on the body, where it will stay - on the cellular level at least - until the death of that body and beyond. The practice is a way of manifesting networked kinship in precarious times; it is also an attempt to contain the accumulated trauma of a life through externalising scar tissue as a badge of what we have already survived. Above all it is a 'despite-everything' gesture of defiance to death (of physical bodies, community and communities), commoditisation, pointless posterity, monolithic art praxes that echo the totality of state sovereignty, and a way to embrace the inevitable, together.
Laboria Cuboniks (b. 2014) is a xenofeminist working group, spread across four countries and three continents. She seeks to dismantle gender and do away with nature as a guarantor for inegalitarian political positions. Her name is an anagram of ‘Nicolas Bourbaki’, a pseudonym under which a group of largely French mathematicians who worked towards an affirmation of abstraction, generality and rigour in mathematics in the early twentieth century.