NEWGenNOW: Binary Static

03 Feb 2015

Tue 03 Feb 2015, 7–8:30pm



To mark the first in a series of events exploring intersectionality in the digital age, SPACE presents Binary Static.

The series, part of the NEWGenNOW programme, will investigate the tensions between (constructed or otherwise) gendered identity and network behaviour, particularly in relation to the intersectionality and trans discourses/ecologies.

The evening will start with a screening of Raju Rage’s ‘cut your throat according to your cloth’ followed by a panel discussion with the artist and fellow collective member Evan Ifekoya. Juliet Jacques will be the chair of the event. 

Screening Details:
Project/ed: 'cut your coat according to your cloth' 6.45 mins
Description: A haptic audio visual moving image narrative consisting of projected archival images depicting South Asian migration onto a gendered non conforming body.
Artist Bios:

Raju Rage is an interdisciplinary artist, creative-critical writer and community organiser who is proactive about carving space, self-representation and self-empowerment using art and activism to forge creative survival.
They are a transgender queer fem-inist person of colour based in London who is interested in the role of art in social change and transformative healing justice.
Working in live art, Raju focuses on de-con-structive techniques of resistance such as interruption, confusion, disturbance and anti-performance, primarily using embodiment and working with assemblages of sculpture and multi-formulations of unspoken narratives.
Evan Ifekoya is an interdisciplinary artist, exploring the politicisation of culture, society and aesthetics. Appropriated material from historical archives and contemporary society make up the work. By ‘queerying' popular imagery and utilising the props of everyday life, the aim is to destroy the aura of preciousness surrounding art. Central to this practice is an exploration into the ways that collaboration might take place.

With a critical approach to technology, aspects of how it mediates our lives permeate throughout the work. Performance is approached with the same sensibility by including elements of how we express ourselves digitally today. Social media and mobile technology act as co-performers in the live event.
Recent performances have taken place at ngbk, Berlin, Theatre in the Mill Bradford, Ovalhouse Theatre and Rich Mix, London, as well as The Marlborough, Brighton.

Video works have been screened at BFI, London College of Communication and Richmix, London as well as Badbroke project space, Stroud. Evan works collaboratively as part of Collective Creativity: Critical reflections into QTIPOC creative practice.

Juliet Jacques is a writer, cultural critic and journalist. Her fiction has appeared in Five Dials, The London Magazine, 3:AM, Necessary Fiction, Berfrois and elsewhere. Her Transgender Journey series for The Guardian documented her gender reassignment between 2010-12 and was longlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2011. She is a regular blogger for the New Statesman and her work has also appeared in TimeOut, The Daily Telegraph, The New Inquiry, The London Review of Books and other publications. She was the featured artist at UBUWEB in December 2013 and her book, Trans: A Memoir, will be published by Verso in 2015.