F U T U R E R I T U A L | Film Night
In September 2019, F U T U R E R I T U A L presented three days of free performance, screenings and discussion in London.
Film Night, hosted by the Live Art Development Agency, featured a screening of short films and performance documentation by artists working around ritual, performance and queer futurity.
Following the screenings, there was a Q&A with Martin O'Brien and Nwando Ebizie, chaired by Joseph Morgan Schofield. Documentation of the introductory talk and Q&A can be viewed on this page.
The screening programme featured:
Martin O'Brien (UK) and Sheree Rose (US)
Martin O’Brien’s work draws upon his experience of suffering from cystic fibrosis. His performance and video art is concerned with physical endurance, disgust long durations and pain base practices in order to address a politics of the sick, queer body and examine what it means to be born with a life-threatening disease, politically and philosophically.
Sheree Rose is an American photographer and performance artist. Her photographs documented the BDSM and queer subcultures in Los Angeles during the early 1980s. With her partner and creative collaborator, performance artist Bob Flanagan, they explored sexuality, BDSM, death, and daily living with terminal illness.
Papa Legba, Intimacy Touch Tingles and What Time Is It?
Nwando Ebizie (UK)
Nwando Ebizie is a multidisciplinary artist and curator whose work converges around immersive installation, performance art personas, experimental theatre, neuroscience, music and African diasporic ritual. Carving out her own particular strand of Afrofuturism, she combines research into the neuroscience of perception (inspired by her own neurodiversity) and an obsession with science fiction with a ritualistic live art practice. She has curated happenings for Wellcome Collection and released records supported by Gilles Peterson. Awards include the Steve Reid Innovation Award and the Oram Award. She has performed in Tokyo (Bonobo), Rio de Janeiro (Tempo Festival), Berlin (Chalet), Latvia (Baltais Fligelis Concert Hall) and Zurich (Blok) as well as across the UK from Home MCR to Barbican and Southbank Centre. Her first solo exhibition took the form of a ritual immersive tech landscape and was presented as part of Home MCR's Push festival before being commissioned by Brighton Festival and Lighthouse. Her current large scale project is an immersive opera happening based on the life of a 12th century nun, co-curated with multi-sensory organisation BitterSuite.
The Two of Us and LOVE ON ME
Jon John (FR)
In his performances, Jon John (1983 - 2017) incorporated references to high fashion, pop music, so-called ‘modern primitivism’ and industrial culture, magic, sadomasochism, and sex. Including uniquely sentimental uses of bloodletting, hook suspensions, dancing on thorns, and DIY surgery, Jon John’s own tattooed, scarred and ‘hacked’ body was central to his work as an artist.
Joseph Morgan Schofield Lead Artist
Mele Couvreur Project Coordinator
Ben Normanton Design
The programme was supported by the Live Art Development Agency, Kunstraum and Arts Council England.