F U T U R E R I T U A L @ SPACE
The first F U T U R E R I T U A L was curated by joseph morgan schofield and thomas yeomans as part of yeomans' HereNow residency at SPACE. proposals for the event responded to yeoman's research into online ritual practices: the event featured a number of performances that sought to reclaim ritual from the online sphere.
over the course of the evening, a number of artists responded to the notion of a ‘queer future ritual’, unmediated by the screen, acted out live and in the flesh. the performances encouraged audiences to ask: what might future rituals look like? who are they for and what are they trying to do?
participating artists: charlie ashwell, evie fehilly, iris madariaga, joseph morgan schofield, louisa robbin, natalie wearden, oberon white, ro hardaker
a queer ritual might be a ritual where rites and traditions are queered, or re-discovered, or enacted by queers for queers. it is likely engaged in the conscious rejection of heterosexual societal norms. they likely resist and critique the politics of assimilation and celebrate, instead, subversion, indecency, aberrance, and difference.
a queer ritual might be a strategy for survival, for effecting social and political change, for taking on the world and for making it through the damn day.
a queer ritual might involve dancing, sigil crafting, dragging up, singing, bleeding, mourning, celebrating, loving, shouting, or something else entirely.
in another sphere, a recent trend emerges: arcane praxes of occultist ritualism, neo-paganist symbolism and meme magick have been co-opted in the recent online culture wars by the alt-right.
FU T U R E R I T U A L is a performance platform to reclaim these practices of magical thinking, ritual, fluid identities and leaderless activism, from the online sphere, to take them offline and to explore, analyse, and imagine future possibilities. how can arcane technologies shape our future? what do future rituals look like? who are they for? what should they try and do?
this page will shortly be updated with a commissioned response to the performance event. all photos by jemima yong.