Interspecies Meditations for Hybrid Futures attempts to engage with the critical disposition of animalian and botanical interactions. When personal connections are made to the natural world, we can begin to build a more proactive and ethical understanding of care and it’s interconnectedness to the planetary biota in its entirety. In this workshop we will engage in grounding exercises for both the physical and digital realms (phygital), build a queer understanding of the relation you, as a human being, have with any other organism and the symbiosis therewith in question. We will also speculate the possibilities of matriarchal, or perhaps, alternative movements in our current epoch and those to come.
Jacqueline Beaumont is a practicing artist in Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal, Quebec. Her work is Bioart based, but takes root firmly within fibres/material practices, sculpture and performance. Her work focuses on the connection of body and earth, transgender issues, fertility, transgenics and transhumanism. She is an active member of the Milieux Institute, in both the Textiles and Materiality and the Speculative Life clusters. Her work has most recently been published in Yaira Magazine (2019) and featured on Missing Witches podcast (2019), been shown at Ripa (2019) Regarding Uncertainty (2019), VAV gallery (2019), FoFA Gallery (2019), gallerie 2112 (2019) as well as the “Designing the Living” exhibition at Centre Pompidou in France and has been set to show at pop Montréal this fall. She is currently the artist on Concordia's team for the International genetically engineered machines competition.
We acknowledge that to be “on site” requires that we question our relationship to the past, present, and future of the site on which we gather - Tiohtiá:ke on the unceded lands of the Kanien'kehá: ka Nation. Tiohtiá:ke is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. If this is not your land, how did you get here? How did your ancestors get here? How does race, gender, sexuality, citizenship, ability, and class affect the ways in which we relate to, move through, and create space? While the exhibition and corresponding programming is free of charge, we will be encouraging and collecting donations for The Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal.
While the act of queering space can point out the limitations of the ways in which the world around us is produced and normalized by and for certain bodies and not others, it is pertinent that we continuously reflect and act on the ways in which settler LGBTQI+ life is complicit in upholding ongoing colonial structures. As a pin on Queering The Map in Honolulu, Hawaii attests: “queer liberation must mean decolonization, and decolonization must mean queer liberation.”
4TH SPACE, at Concordia University is located on the ground floor level and is wheelchair accessible. There is one wheelchair accessible, gender-neutral bathroom on the third floor. To raise other accessibility requests or questions please contact 4TH SPACE.
This project is generously supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's (SSHRC) Connection Grant, the Sustainability Action Fund and the External and Mobilization Fund at Concordia University, as well as the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture.