Friday 6 October 2023, 5.00PM to 7:00 PM
Inspired by discussions surrounding increasing threats to traditional forms of resistance both in the UK and globally – and motivated by the conviction that new languages for human rights can be developed within the arts – we aim to explore the role of the body in contemporary forms of protest.
All three components of the event will address how artists and activists alike use their bodies to push the boundaries of established forms of protest, embracing alternative methods and gestures to challenge oppression, open up conversations, and invite collective action. These gestures range from the gentle and discrete to the rhythmic or sensorial, even while negotiating with other more explicit forms of violent transgression. Works experiment with how bodies are put on the line.
Rehearsal of the Futures: Is the World Your Friend? (2018) by Isaac Chong Wai. Courtesy of the artist, Blindspot Gallery and Zilberman. Photo by Alice Yu.
Location: The Guildhall York, Coney Street York YO1 9QL