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Call for Participation: Fermenting Feminism (Hunter’s Moon)
24 October, 2018
Medical Museion, Copenhagen

The Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology and curator Lauren Fournier are collaborating on the Copenhagen iteration of Fermenting Feminism, taking place on Hunter’s Moon at Medical Museion.

We are looking for artists, writers, experimenters, fermenters, healers, scientists, musicians, filmmakers, to propose practices to be presented / staged and shared at this one-day event. Examples of practices could include project presentations, performance, video, sound, workshops, recipes, rituals, happenings, interventions, and other forms of public presentation.

The gathering will be a space for sharing, experimenting and conversing.

We are interested in practices that take up some of the themes in our publication project Fermenting Feminism (2017). We are particularly interested in works that extend Fermenting Feminism in light of these new contexts that the Copenhagen iteration of the project brings: both the context of the Medical Museion and its current exhibition Mind the Gut, and the context of the Hunter’s Moon.

Fermenting Feminism can be accessed in its digital form for free through e-artexte database in Montreal: e-artexte.ca/id/eprint/28709

As the event will be held in the historical anatomical theatre at Medical Museion, proposals for performances should be aware of the limitations on the space - all liquids/food stuffs should be contained and controlled to avoid spills.

Please note: We are carrying out this project without funding, and are unable to pay artist fees at this time. While we are unable to provide financial support for travel or accommodation, we are happy to provide letters of invitation for you to use when pursuing funding.

Submission Requirements:

  • Max 250 word description of practice.
  • Max 250 word description of project/proposal.
  • Short bio.
  • Up to 5 relevant image samples, video clips, sound works, etc.

Email to: fermentingfeminism@gmail.com

Deadline: 1 July, 2018.

Fermenting Feminism brings together artists whose work responds to what it means to bring fermentation and feminism into the same critical space. These are works that approach fermentation through intersectional and trans-inclusive feminist frameworks, and works that approach feminisms through the metaphor and material practice of fermentation. As both a metaphor and a physical process, fermentation embodies bioavailability and accessibility, preservation and transformation, inter-species symbiosis and coevolution, biodiversity and futurity, harm reduction and care.

Fermentation as a process of transformation becomes both a metaphor and a material practice through which to explore important issues for feminist artists and researchers, from the politics of labour, affect, survival, and care to issues of colonialism and Indigeneity, and the politics of food, resources, and land. Is “feminism,” with its etymological roots in the feminine, something worth preserving? In what ways might it be preserved? In what ways might it be transformed? Is feminism a relic of the past, something that has soured? Or is feminism still a vital imperative? fermenting feminism positions fermentation as a potentially vital and viable space to re-conceive of feminism’s past, present, and futures.

Spanning the speculative and the literal, the embodied and the ephemeral, the artists in Fermenting Feminism engage questions of health and wellness, matter and materiality, microbes and multi-species community, ritual and tradition. The works in this publication obscure the line between illness and well-being, between science and witchcraft, between human and non-human, and between sentient and non-sentient to flesh out pressing political, ethical, aesthetic, cultural and theoretical questions in the present.

Working within and between the disciplines of art and science, Fermenting Feminism makes space for multi-disciplinary experimentation. The artists, scholars, and activists who have participated in Fermenting Feminism have been engaged with new materialisms, food studies, critical disability and mad studies, sexual diversity studies, science and technology studies, literature and art history, and trans-inclusive intersectional feminist theory and practice. In addition to this beautiful publication made possible in collaboration between myself and the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology — a kind of speculative workbook capable of growing and changing with the passing of time — Fermenting Feminism comprises a constellation of exhibitions, screenings, and programming taking place internationally.

Given the site-specificity and importance of material and cultural context to fermentation practices, we are interested in having the exhibition and screenings of fermenting feminism evolve over the course of its tour, engaging with local artists and communities through performances, workshops, screenings, and experimental programming.

You can find more information about the Fermenting Feminism publication, as well as the previous iterations of Fermenting Feminism in Berlin, Kansas City, Toronto, and Montreal, on the curators's websites: Labae.org and Laurenfournier.net