Episode 7: We Can't Live Without Our Lives

15–19 Apr 2015
Tramway, Glasgow

About the event

Could the ways we attend to each other’s joys and pains help us to generate different futures together? Could we give humanness a different future by re-imagining what bodies and minds can be?

We Can’t Live Without Our Lives is a 5-day exploration of care and empathy, involving  schizoscenic theatre, exhaustion, tarot, philosophy and political therapy, necessary intimacies, intuition, queer feminist crip correspondence, minor modes of living, unconsciousness raising, the sharing of vulnerability, no-bodies, and unreasonable politics.

This Episode is about practicing multiformity and resisting the label of ‘deformity’. It is about refusing what has been refused of so many – the so-called right to be a human, a citizen, a subject.  It is about how maybe we want to be more than that. It’s an invitation to think about how we might we give humanness a different future. It’s about the ways we dance or limp together; talk and stutter together; look, listen and feel together and how they can embody our desires and struggles.  It’s about imagining care as a form of resistance, whilst resisting the state’s damaging notions of 'care’ - a radical socialisation of care that might generate points of solidarity where many of different struggles overlap.  It’s about how before we do anything - struggle or imagine or dance - first off we really just need to exist: and so it’s about how ‘we cannot live without our lives.’

With Valentina Desideri, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Park McArthur, Peter Pál PelbartLaurence Rassel, Howard Slater, Hortense Spillers, Terre Thaemlitz, Ueinzz Theatre Company, Constantina Zavitsanos.


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Thank You - Arthur Amador, Ed Baxter, Alexandre Bernardes, Carla Bottiglieri, Rodolfo Brito, Fraser Burnett, Aílton Carvalho, Liam Casey, Leonardo Lui Cavalcanti, Onés Cervelin, Ana Carmen del Collado, Luis Guilherme Cunha, Romany Dear, Stoffel Debuysere, Valentina Desideri, Lorna Duguid, Katy Dymoke, Petronio Fantasea, Adélia Faustino, Pedro França, Paula Francisquetti, Ana Goldenstein, Reina Gossett, Maude Grenol, Isabel Groß, Emma Hedditch, Hannes Hellström, Erika Alverez Inforsato, Eduardo Lettiere, Lewis Irvine, Maurizio Lazzarato, Isla Leaver-Yap, Erwan Lhuissier, Luiz Augusto Collazzi Loureiro, Valerio Di Lucente, Ace Mahbaz, Valéria Manzalli, Cassandra McIntyre, Park McArthur, Ace Mahbaz, Angela Melitopoulos, Laiza Menegassi, Jayme Menezes, Sandy Milroy, Simone Mina, Amélia Monteiro, Fred Moten, Maria Yoshiko Nagahashi, Teresa Maria Díaz Nerio, Rogéria Neubauer, Wendy Niblock, François Pain, Fabrício Lima Pedroni, Peter Pál Pelbart, Paul Beatriz Preciado, Queer Reading Group (Jamie, Charlotte, Casey), Laurence Rassel, Liliane Rebelo, Cristina Ribas, Alejandra Riera, Michael Roberson, Ali Robertson, Emily Roff, Suely Rolnik, Jo Ross, Liene Rozite, Julia Scott, Erin Scrutton, Robert Sember, Sex Workers Open University (SWOU), Deepa Shastri, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Charlene Sinclair, Howard Slater, Dean Spade, Hortense Spillers, Yvonne Strain, Terre Thamelitz, Hugo Timm, Cara Tolmie, Tim Nunn, Kathryn Bradley and everyone at Tramway, Ueinzz Theatre Company, UNITY Collective, UNITY LGBT Group, UNITY Sisters, Mark Vernon, Martin Vincent and Aye Aye Books, Tobaron Waxman, West Glasgow Against Poverty (WGAP), Constantina Zavitsanos, everyone who came and contributed to Episode 6, all of our friends and allies. 

On Episode 7, Arika has involved: Barry Esson, Joe Gardner, Jason Gillespie, Agnieszka Habraschka, Avalon Hernandez, Viviane Hullin, Jim Hutchison, Ben Kamps, Emma Macleod, Kenny MacLeod, Bryony McIntyre, Emilia Muller-Ginorio, Chris Nelms, Ash Reid, Iain Thomson and Alex Woodward.