The talk will consider the ‘movement’ of collaboration, and the ways collaboration operates in relation to other political ‘movements’. Economic precarity creates challenges for collaborative work, but also makes it increasingly necessary, she draws on examples of her work with the group ‘I’m With You,’ which began as a series of events in domestic spaces, and which continues to investigate queer domesticity through, for example, the ongoing project Gorge, which looks at consumption and digestion as opportunities for collective and embodied thought and queer sociality. She references historical and contemporary examples of cooperative living, moving away from models of collaboration that aim simply for the convivial, in the hope of retaining space for speculative propositions and potentialities.
This talk was part of Crossing Borders 2015, and was presented in partnership with London Contemporary Dance School.
Johanna Linsley is an artist, writer and producer. Her work is iterative, research-based and focused on performance. It often results in projects with multiple versions or outcomes. Current interests include documentation, procedure, listening (especially eavesdropping), queer domesticity, collaboration, and formations of the public. An interest in the speculative and fantastical underlies her practice.
Johanna is a founder of the London-based performance group I’m With You, which investigates queerness, domesticity, private life and public space. She is also a founding partner of UnionDocs, a centre for documentary art in Brooklyn, New York. Johanna is a researcher on the Wellcome Trust-funded project ‘Challenging Archives’ at the Theatre Collection Live Art Archives at the University of Bristol, and she also works at the University of Roehampton. She received a PhD in performance studies from Queen Mary, University of London.
As published in 2015.