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Performance Lecture + Discussion
Afrofuturism and Spacial Practices
Wednesday 16th September 2020,
17:00 - 18:30
UMBILIC, 2020 (work in progress), 3D Object, courtesy Natasha Ruwona
Online via Zoom
GSA Staff and Students can access links via
GSA Freshers' Week page on Canvas.
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Race, Rights and Sovereignty are excited to welcome
Natasha Thembiso Ruwona to present a new chapter of their ongoing research Afrofuturism + Spatial Practices that employs Afro-Futurism as a tool for exploring and imagining the formation of new worlds. Originally created for Rhubaba Gallery & Studio’s No School! program, Natasha has further developed the performance lecture and this iteration will feature reflections that consider music, sound and technology as being a part of Black geographical landscapes, while exploring dreams and what it means to be a myth.
The performance lecture will be followed by a group discussion led by Natasha in which participants will have the opportunity to collectively engage with the themes of the performance and consider provocations that aim to unearth potential links within participants’ own practices.
Natasha Thembiso Ruwona is a Scottish-Zimbabwean artist, researcher and curator. Natasha’s artistic practice is research based and investigates racialised spatialisation (in line with Black Feminist Geographies) via the processes of writing, digital art and performance.
Natasha completed a curatorship for Africa in Motion Film Festival 2019 and was Film Hub Scotland's New Promoter for Glasgow Short Film Festival. They are a Project Coordinator for the collective UncoverED, based at The University of Edinburgh - a student-led project researching into the global and imperial history of the university and how this relates to the current ways in which the university as an institutional space oppresses BIPOC. Natasha is also an Assistant Producer for movement researcher Claricia Parinussa and a Committee Member at Rhubaba Gallery & Studios.
This event is taking place as part of Freshers Week 2020: Digital Edition, further info on the full programme of events, is available here.