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Lecture Performance by Ama Josephine Budge, followed by a discussion between Ama Josephine Budge and Régine Debatty.
The last chapter of A Common Breath offers a discursive space for collective thinking in order to imagine a diversity of narratives and scenarios of transition. Which critical tools and alternative ways of thinking can we use to create new bridges between climate justice, decolonisation, and ecology? This last installment is deliberately speculative, weaving together philosophical, scientific, anthropological, political, activist, sociological, and artistic methods in an attempt to surpass normative Western knowledge. Ama Josephine Budge’s lecture-performance explores the concepts of “de”volution, Blackness, Queerness and issues of climate change. This presentation will be followed by a conversation with Régine Debatty.
Ama Josephine Budge is a speculative writer, artist, curator and pleasure activist whose praxis navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology, and feminism, working to activate movements that catalyse human rights, environmental evolutions, and troublesomely queered identities. Ama is the recipient of the 2020 Local, International and Planetary Fictions Fellowship with Curatorial Frame, Helsinki (FI) and EVA International, Limerick (IE), and will be researching the topic Pleasurable Ecologies – Formations of Care: Curation as Future-building. Ama is also a member of Queer Ecologies 2020, initiator of the Apocalypse Reading Room project, a recipient of 2020 Bernie Grant Micro commission funding and Lead Artist on the MycoLective project with Chisenhale Studios and Feral Practice.
Régine Debatty is a writer, curator, and critic. In 2004 she created we-make-money-not-art.com, a blog dedicated to writings which explore social issues, science, technology, and art. The platform received 2 Webby awards and recently received an honorary mention at the START Prize. Régine writes and lectures internationally about the way in which artists, hackers, and designers use technology as a medium for critical discussion. She also created A.I.L. (Artists in Laboratories), a weekly radio program about the collaborations between art and science for Resonance104.4fm in London (2012–14), and is the co-author of the sprint book New Art/Science Affinities, published by Carnegie Mellon University.