NEWGenNOW: SALT. Symposium

22 Nov 2014

Sat 22 Nov 14, 10am-6pm



As part of the ongoing cyberfeminism series NEWGenNOW, The White Building presents SALT. Symposium.

In a climate where traditional modes of articulating refusal through physical action become criminalised or dangerous, language, and furthermore what can be done with it, becomes the only potent weapon left. This symposium will look to errors or interruptions in communication that offer space for disruption and subsequently open up new ways to disobey through glossolalia: to speak in tongues, to be incomprehensible, and to confuse.

Taking the form of the manifesto as a starting point, this refusal to accept what is given, and to look for alternatives or space for transformation between the lines, is what characterises the speakers and their subject matter: those who attempt to put into circulation performative gestures of disobedience as models for experimental protest.


Laura Guy: 10am–11am
Giulia Damiani: 11am–12pm

Lunch: 12pm–1.30pm

Mali Collins: 1.30pm–2.30pm
Catherine Grant: 2.30pm–3.30pm
Q&A: 3.30pm–4.30pm
Wine reception: 4.30pm onwards



Mali D. Collins is a black poet and writer from the rural Midwest America. Currently residing in New York City, she writes about black contemporary art and the intersections of feminism and media. She is an emerging scholar hoping to return to academia to research intersections of radical blackness and American pop culture.

Giulia Damiani’s project Napoli in the Unmapped Practice of Le Nemesiache: A Feminist Gazetteer gives voice to the untold story of a feminist collective that operated in the 70s and 80s in Napoli, Le Nemesiache, unveiling its relevance for today through essays, transcriptions from films and performances as well as extracts from original and unpublished texts.

Laura Guy is a Lecturer in Critical Studies for Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London and has contributed as a curator to programmes at TATE Liverpool; International Project Space, Birmingham; Archive, Berlin and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. She is currently undertaking funded doctoral research at Manchester School of Art under the working title ‘Becoming a Subject of History: Rereading manifesto forms as feminist practice’.

Catherine Grant explores the re-enactment of histories of feminism in contemporary art. She has recently co-edited a special issue of Art History on “Creative Writing and Art History” (April 2011) and a collection of essays on girlhood in contemporary art entitled Girls! Girls! Girls! in contemporary art (2011). An essay on being a ‘fan of feminism’ has been published in the Oxford Art Journal (June 2011).