Episodes are an attempt to contribute to sustaining, defending and sharing radical forms of sociality. They are annual(ish) events which bring together performance, investigation and collective assembly. In each we explore interlinked themes developing from one Episode to the next. In this way, we seek to contribute to a general awareness of the inseparable, intertwined nature of aesthetics and social life. Through Episodes our work at Arika attempts to place emphasis on lived experiences of struggle as a vital form of political knowledge. By studying the way in which struggle becomes embodied through artistic or aesthetic practices, we seek to amplify the simple conviction that revolutionary ideas need time, space and care to unfold.
Episodes can include dance, music or theatre performances, discussions, workshops, parties and clubs, community social events, meals, activist presentations, performed installations or film screenings.
Complex ways of understanding our complex times. Maths & Poetics. Gesture & Physics. Collectivist Struggle & Desire. 5 days of performances, discussions, screenings and study sessions.
4 days of performances, discussions, workshops, screenings with mutant dancers, prison abolitionist poets, transfeminist revolutionaries, haunted noise, science fiction, sex worker resistance, crip erotics, radical pornography and militant fiction.
Over 3 days Episode 8 celebrates all the unruly ways we escape attempts to constrain us, tear down the walls of normative culture and build joy in flight.
In a moment of social exhaustion, we want to ask how we might care for each other differently. We Can’t Live Without Our Lives is a 5-day exploration of care as a form of struggle and resistance, with communities who embody it.
A 3-day exploration – through performance, screenings and discussion – of the art and politics of wayward communities who refuse to be bound by the fictions of race and sex.
Voguing, drag, clubbing, and the politics of communities making different performances of gender and sexuality visible.
Do art forms like black radical poetry, free jazz and improvisation create a space for the performance of freedom? Did they ever? And can they still do so now?
Copying without Copying is 3 evenings of events that are about what happens when we speak, or when we hear someone speak on our behalf, when we share a collective moment of hearing and maybe understanding.
A festival asking how ideas of nihilism, darkness, subjectivity and abjection play out in experimental music, performance art, horror, neuroscience and philosophy?
Every aspect of every film is always about more than just film. Or, as Godard said: a tracking shot is a moral issue. A cross between a festival, magazine and discussion about experimental artists’ films.