Steven Schoch

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The ninth episode of the Feminism Under Corona series is the result of a conversation with Christina Sharpe, scholar of English Literature and Black Studies. Author of the books Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects(2010) and In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016), she is currently a professor at York University in Toronto. Her voice appeared earlier in several episodes of the Phenomenal Ocean: Corona Under the Ocean 2020 podcast series. Astrida Neimanis, Filipa Ramos or Elizabeth Povinelli mentioned her work in the different conversations from the ocean and towards the waters. In the Wake is a book Sonia Fernández Pan ...
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The eighth episode of the Feminism Under Corona series is the result of an audio-epistolary conversation with Silvia Agüero Fernández that took place in November 2020. On her Twitter account she introduces herself as follows: “Mother, Gitana, Mestiza, Feminist. Worker in my home. In the ghetto I discovered my Roma identity, outside the ghetto I discovered anti-Roma harassment.” The conversation was translated by Ainhoa Nadia Douhaibi Arrazola, a social educator and co-author of the book The Radicalization of Racism. Islamophobia and the Prevention of Terrorism (2019). The rules imposed during the confinement have at no point taken into account the particularities ...
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The seventh episode of the Feminism Under Corona series follows a conversation with Mariam Khan, writer and editor of the book It’s not about the Burqa (2019). This first-person anthology of essays of seventeen Muslim women’s stories gives rise to a collective voice where differences are as important as similarities in creating a community of their own within the spectrum of feminism and world-making. Reading this book is like being anonymously invited to meet another community of feminists. But not in order to talk to or discuss with them, but mainly to listen and to unlearn. One way of presenting ...
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The tenth and final episode of the Feminism Under Corona chapter follows a conversation with poet, playwright and theatre director Koleka Putuma. Author of the poetry book Collective Amnesia (2017) and the play No Easter Sunday for Queers (2017), she is founder and director of Manyano Media, a multidisciplinary project that produces and supports the work and stories of black queer artists and queer life. The conversation between Koleka Putuma, in Cape Town, and Sonia Fernández Pan, in Berlin, took place at the end of January 2021. They talked a lot about poetry, as a practice, as part of Koleka Putuma’s ...
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The podcast Promise No Promises! opens a new chapter called Feminisms in the Caribbean. This series of four new episodes arises from conversations between curator and writer Sonia Fernández Pan and art practitioners from the Caribbean region. The collaboration is part of the public program of the past exhibition One month after being known in that island at the Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger with the Caribbean Art Initiative. The changeful history of the colonization of the Caribbean has left deep scars that are still present today. This is best known by artists and cultural practitioners who work in their own way ...
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The second episode of the Feminisms in the Caribbean series, Writing in Hiatuses, is the result of an epistolary conversation through audio notes and emails with writer Marta Aponte Alsina. A storyteller, novelist and literary critic, Marta Aponte wrote her novel La muerte feliz de William Carlos Williams (The Happy Death of William Carlos Williams) out of a desire to write a book that she herself wanted to read. This novel, published in 2015, brings up fundamental issues in her writing, such as the gaze of the foreigner, the extended ties of Puerto Rican culture, the rewriting of canonical texts, ...
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Expertise is the new genius is the second episode that follows a conversation with theorist, DJ and composer Justyna Stasiowska. After completing her degree in Drama and Theater Studies, Justyna Stasiowska is a PhD student at the Performance Studies Department at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. In addition to her theoretical work, contributing to diverse media on theatre and contemporary music, she also collaborates as sound designer with various choreographers. With “Expertise is the new genius” Justyna encapsulates in a few words a cultural narrative strongly rooted in contemporary music. This narrative gives special relevance to the mastery of technology by ...
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The podcast Promise No Promises! unfolds a further chapter: The Tale and The Tongue. This series of new episodes arises from conversations between curator and writer Sonia Fernández Pan and guests from different storytelling practices and world-making experiences. For a conversation to take place it is sufficient when two people to start talking to each other. However, conversations are never happening just between two people. A conversation holds many bodies, places, stories and experiences. It develops languages and creates interpersonal and temporary dialects. Sharing is also a way of collectivizing seemingly individual circumstances. Our bodies host many narratives, speaking borrowed ...
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The Camera that Listens is the third episode that follows a conversation with artist and filmmaker Alex Reynolds. Her work constantly explores our modes of relation and affection as they appear embodied in the cinematic language. Moreover, her work both produces and is produced by modes of relation and affection through film processes, altering and expanding the narrative structures of cinema and making them more visible to the audience. In Alex Reynolds’ films, viewers get invited to enter into stories and situations in a similar way to being invited to play a new game. Many of her films take place ...
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The Loving Life of Friendship is the fourth episode that follows a conversation with poet and researcher Sara Torres. Author of several poetry books, including La otra genealogía, she also writes for various media and is currently working on her PHD The Lesbian Text: Fetish, Fantasy and Queer Becomings at Queen Mary University of London…
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In this episode Tessa Mars, a Haitian visual artist living and working in Port-au-Prince, talks about her practice as a performance that is not limited to the living body. The ancestors she is specifically referring to are those heroes of the Haitian Revolution, enslaved peoples who famously rose up against and defeated French colonial rule and the system of slavery there.
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This episode is based on a lecture by Barbara Casavecchia, who is a writer, curator, educator based in Milan, and currently mentor of the Ocean Fellowship at Ocean Space, Venice, for TBA21–Academy. She is advocating for an embodied and entangled art and politics as found in her recent experience working within a set of queer and trans-feminist archives and collectives in Milan. A written version of her lecture has been published on artsoftheworkingclass.org

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