WhiteFeather has been invited to give a panel presentation during Les Labos du Renard — Transition écologique, a collaborative event between Théâtre du Renard, Arrondissement de Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, and the Maison de la Culture Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal on September 25, 2020.
Centred around the question, “How can art and science work together to tell new stories that lead to action and bring forward an ecological transition?”, WhiteFeather will share her biotechnofeminist approach to laboratory practice via a pre-recorded presentation.
Description of WhiteFeather’s presentation:
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐢𝐭𝐜𝐡 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐚𝐛 𝐂𝐨𝐚𝐭: 𝐃𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐏𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐒𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞
Witches gain access to protected spaces through deviant pathways, twisted beings that they are. Are they twisted to begin with, or do they become distorted through necessity for such navigational means? WhiteFeather will present performance video work that investigates the nuanced similarities and differences between academic biotech laboratory practices and ritual actions, through a negotiation of institutional compliance and non-compliance. The witch, plying her craft in the lab, is a contaminant and fertilizer—and, she is there to contaminate and fertilize. WhiteFeather will contextualize these recent video performance works through discussion of the role of deviance in solidarizing the iconic persona of women’s noncompliance—the ‘witch’—particularly through noncompliance with and subversion of hegemonic norms embedded within processes of capitalism, that restrict access to the means for shaping technocultural developments. Concepts of enacting deviance will be examined as social triggers that instigate feminist revolt through ‘reclaimed’ witchcraft actions, such as spellcasting, towards socially reconstructive modes of knowledge and culture production.
See the Théâtre du Renard website here.