A Means Without End: Community art collective Arika return with the latest edition of their Episodes strand
- Claire Sawers
- 8 November 2019
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Edinburgh-based radical arts organisation present five days of performances, discussions, screenings and more
Somewhere in the virtual realm, a Google Drive exists where artists, activists and philosophers can brainstorm and geek out. It’s a study group called The Institute of Physical Sociality, created by Edinburgh-based radical community arts organisation, Arika.
‘The group have been wondering if they can provide generative analogies for reading the complex desires and struggles of social life,’ writes Barry Esson from Arika. ‘Or if the disturbing findings might be poetic indicators of the impossibility of continuing with dominant ways of understanding existence.’
Following on from 2017’s weekend festival Other Worlds Already Exist (themed around science fiction) is Episode 10: A Means Without End, using quantum theory, maths and physics alongside music, film and dance to untangle some knotty modern issues. Poets, academics and sound artists will gather for five days to find imaginative routes out of oppression, be it patriarchal, heteronormative, ableist or racist. Jazz theorist and black studies scholar Fred Moten is returning to Glasgow, alongside performance artist boychild, documentary maker Wu Tsang and tarot reader / philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva. Jackie Wang is a punk zine creator, performing a piece for harp inspired by Alice Coltrane, and Nathaniel Mackey, the black radical poet, will read his work and take part in discussion groups.