Where does your body encounter uncanny gaps, conflicts between adjacent codes? Such voids harbor amazing expanses which I call SHELL. Together we can inscribe defiant cyborg-corporealities on them.
Until July 12: Open Call for activists to queer the imaginary and decenter normativity on the shells!
Workshop at co.lab (Apr 24)
Yay! This Saturday, Meröe and Flupsi facilitate a SHELL workshop in the frame of co.lab at the Floating site. Unfortunately, physical attendance is limited to the co.lab hosts and facilitators, so you'll have to tune in via your personal computer (see the link in the following post). We'll create a nice documentation for our distant guests <3
2—Crossing the threshold (muddy water) and getting feet washed and oild on the timespiral-island.
3—Tuning In: How Shells grow (through calcic remembering), and how they are singular.
4—Crafting a collective full-body mask while weaving threads of conversation.
5—In-(Corps)-Oration: Ask the Shell a question, and listen to its answer.
6—Release your memories into the fabric, allow them to become inhuman, and leave them behind.
Join the Workshop Livestream via Zoom
Starting Saturday at 10:45 CEST (Berlin)
04:45 in the morning in Montreal or Chile
Duration: 2 hours.
Join and leave whenever you like.
The stream is public and will be recorded.
Meeting-ID: 863 524 6599
Masks as Shells
"That's the way it is for the outer shell left of Himher, a copious skin subject to the process of incarnation. What is happening inside this sensitive shell, all ears, still and inhabited?"
Brian Massumi describes how "a transfiguration comes into the bare shell". Devoid of identity, self, worry, memory, the actor enters the mask and a new being comes into the world. Not as a fabricated character—"a simulacrum cannot last".
Shell and Queer Theory
"Is queer theory a reflection on being queer or does queerness change how we theorize?", asks Chrysanthi Nigianni, and suggests to break away from representational thought—only what exists can be known—towards ways of knowing the Virtual, i.e. "open futurity". This kind of queer thinking, "expressive of non/extra-linguistic forces", expands notions of body and reality beyond the referential: nature, matter and embodiment don't need to mean anything.
Shell and Transdisciplinarity
Rosi Braidotti describes a transdisciplinary feminist position. "The feminist theorician today can only be 'in transit', moving on, passing through, creating connections where previously things were dis-connected or seemingly un-related, where there seemed to be 'nothing to see'". This is exactly the location and environment of Shells: not extending either their inside or their outside, they constitute a virtual space, expressly tangible yet only accessible in-motion.
Artistic work is constrained in three ways: through the norms inscribed in the artist's body, through the frames for art such as stage, gallery or aesthetics, and finally through the resources that the economic system (state, household, private capitalist entities) reserve for the artist. All three of these can be breached by merging with other artists and embracing the posthuman situation. SHELL aims to inspire this strategy of co-operation, and provide strategies of breaching boundaries.