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Arika have been creating events since 2001. The Archive is space to share the documentation of our work, over 600 events from the past 20 years. Browse the archive by event, artists and collections, explore using theme pairs, or use the index for a comprehensive overview.

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89 Results for Voice | Presence

This theme groups work that might focus on the voice, or where the presence or absence of the artist(s) is significant in some way. Some ways in to exploring this theme of Voice and Presence could be via M Lamar’s deeply operatic performance at Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way, or through Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri’s live (but at a distance) film performance from Episode 1: A Film is a Statement.

A pink and mauve background with black text reads The Poetics of Abolition
10 August 2020
Online

Poetry is Not a Luxury: The Poetics of Abolition

Canisia Lubrin Christina Sharpe Nat Raha Saidiya Hartman Nydia A. Swaby

A panel exploring the poetics of abolition. “Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change.”

Revolution is not a one-time event
Nate is shown from the waist up, leaning against a fence, wearing a navy t-shirt
24 November 2019
Tramway

Nathaniel Mackey

Nathaniel Mackey

“Mackey composes realist-mythic layering of lyrical prose unlike anything being written today.” — New York Times. “Our greatest living epic poet…Mackey’s poetry and criticism have reinvented modernism for our time.”— LitHub

Episode 10: A Means Without End
Nat Raha speaks into a microphone while she reads
24 November 2019
Tramway

apparitions

Nat Raha

Transfeminist, communist, revolutionary poetry that refuses to flinch. Nat Raha presents new work in the nine.

Episode 10: A Means Without End
Silhouette of a person in front of a blue background overlaid with blurry light
24 November 2019
Tramway

Something Said

Jay Bernard

Haunted by the archive of the New Cross Fire, Jay Bernard presents a film and poetry reading that undertakes a queer exploration of black British history, reconstructed from archives and apparent debris.

Episode 10: A Means Without End
Jackie Wang and Alexander Moll are on dark stage spotlit with a yellow and blue
22 November 2019
Tramway

Cottonmouth Liturgy

Alexander Moll Jackie Wang

A multi-media harp and spoken word tribute to the incalculable, the in-deducible, the suspicious static noise that accompanies the voice of truth, and the attempted aberrations in the domain of emergence.

Episode 10: A Means Without End
Nisha on stage with glowing screen of a yellow circle with a blue figure drawing
22 November 2019
Tramway

States of the Body Produced by Love

Nisha Ramayya

In Ramayya’s visionary poetry, the body assumes as many forms as love produces states: attraction and repulsion, excitement and exhaustion, selfishness and the dissolution of self.

Episode 10: A Means Without End
Someone hands are bound in maybe 15 different, irregularly knotted ropes
21 November 2019
Tramway

Gravitational Feel: Opening Performance

Fred Moten Wu Tsang

Gravitational Feel is an engine for intensifying the differentiation of our entanglement, which you continually reprogramme in the mutual rub, shift and lap of its sonic, wooden, steel, textile and human material.

Episode 10: A Means Without End
Samuel R. Delany white hair and beard reading on stage at EPISODE 9
19 November 2017
Tramway

Beyond Transgression

Samuel R. Delany

Chip will read some of his great literary pornography, which pushes sexuality to the point of extremity and exhaustion.

Episode 9: Other Worlds Already Exist
A design with a yellow background featuring a bottle of Chubz poppers
19 November 2017
Tramway

Chubz

Huw Lemmey

Politicised fan-fiction chronicling working class gay urban space and fantasy.

Episode 9: Other Worlds Already Exist
Sgaire Wood wearing a large green and grey witch mask
19 November 2017
Tramway

Sgàire Wood

Sgàire Wood

A somehow hyper-modern, ancient and folkloric lip-synced, made-up, fashioned performance.

Episode 9: Other Worlds Already Exist
Four People sitting in a row, one in red hair talking
20 April 2017
Strathclyde Uni

Supporting Sex Workers

Catriona O’Brien Chamindra Weerawardhana Gracie Mae Bradley Juno Mac Laura Watson Luca Stevenson Nadine Stott Paulina Nicol Sabrina Sánchez Thierry Schaffauser

Three panels offering opportunities to discuss how to build stronger alliances between the sex workers’ rights, migrants rights and reproductive justice movements and how to face, together, an increasingly punitive and reactionary system.

Sex Workers’ Festival of Resistance