Symposium: Drama Department, Queen Mary University, London (Thursday 27 April, 2017)

Live Art Event: Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London (Saturday 29 April 2017)

Arts Council LogoCUNTemporary is now accepting proposals for a new episode of “Deep Trash”, the unique multi-disciplinary exhibition and performance club night in London.

Calling for performances, videos and artworks to be shown on Saturday 29 April 2017. We accept proposals by artists of any artistic background and nationality. We are also keen to hear from writers and academics responding to the call either in written form (theory and cross-genre) or through a performative lecture.

For the next 3 episodes of Deep Trash, we are delighted to have the support of the Department of Drama at Queen Mary University (London) – one of the leading research centres for performance and drama across the UK – who will host our symposium on Thursday 27 April 2017 entitled ‘Power, Subcultures & Queer Stages’ with a keynote talk by Dr. Shaun Cole, fashion historian, curator and writer. Our headline artist for the live art night will be the one and only “Un-Royal Variety” Star Jonny Woo.

This call mainly looks at the relations & tensions between subcultures & high society, state & monarchy, class & sexual expressions, empires and colonialism. We welcome proposals at the intersections of queer, feminist, postcolonial discourses or artistic frameworks.

This event’s applications may include, respond to, be affected by, but not restricted to:

  • (Un)making the Empire: examining the social construction of Whiteness.
  • A cabinet of curiosities: colonialist and patriarchal spectacles re-imagined.
  • Contemporary takes on Victorian literature & class discourses.
  • Kings and Queens: royalty and drag culture.
  • Royal Scandals: revival and re-appropriation of Royal chronicles.
  • Dancefloors, podiums & other queer stages: sub- and counter-cultures at the club.
  • ‘Jubilee’: Punk & Anarchy as a resistance to monarchy.
  • Aristocrazy: middle/upper class Bohemia and extravagance.
  • Camp: style, subcultures and sexual politics.
  • ‘I want a Dyke for President’: counter-actions, anti-heroes and alternative role models
  • Rulers & Responsibility: eco-feminist critiques of Earth Crimes.
  • The Golden Cage: female domesticity and oppression in the house, the castle or the Harem.
  • Vajazzles, Golden Showers, Royal Albert and Pearl Necklaces: Royal Slang & Sexual PracticesOrientalism and Occidentalism: Art as social distortion.
  • ‘Let them eat cake’: inequalities between the people and the monarchy.
  • Waacking and Voguing: the relation of dance and dance spaces to the queer community.
  • Oligarchy, kleptocracy and plutocracy: critiques of wealth and state corruption.
  • Non-noble entities of wealth and power, such as mafia, “nouveau riches”, yuppies, socialites and media personalities.
  • Sex and power in Dynasty and contemporary soap operas.
  • An Un-Royal Variety: subverting the canon of mainstream culture.

To apply, please email submissions@cuntemporary.org with the heading Royal Trash by Saturday 18 March 2017. Please specify if you would like your performative lecture to be considered for the conference or the club night. Selected written pieces will be published on our online Editorial.

The jury will include curator Giulia Casalini, the team at CUNTemporary, previous Deep Trash headline artists, academics from Queen Mary University’s English and Drama department and the Live Art Development Agency. The programme is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Please include the following information in your application:

  • Name and Surname
  • Place of Birth (City and Country)
  • Place of Residency (City and Country)
  • Telephone number
  • A written proposal (No more than 500 words) and, if available, images of the work
  • Website of the artist/collective or portfolio
  • Up to 5 images (should you be shortlisted we will require high resolution files with credits for press use within 5 days after the acceptance letter).

All your data is confidential and is only used for the purposes of this open call.

We will respond to all applications by Tuesday 21 March 2017.

About Deep Trash

During a time when public and private spaces are narrowing their ability to accommodate the concerns and lives of non-normative and non-binary subjects, events such as Deep Trash are crucial in bringing together a community of people interested in the themes of sexuality, gender, creativity and politics, with an intersectional and transnational approach.

You can read the Deep Trash Manifesto for more information.

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