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Fluidø + Shu Lea Cheang screening + Q&A

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18–20 May 2018

The Institute of Contemporary Arts is pleased to present NEO ULTRA PUNK. Participants include artists and filmmakers Shu Lea Cheang, Elizabeth Mputu, Ayesha Tan Jones, Shadow Sistxrs Fight Club, Zach Blas, Natasha Lall, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, musician Lady Vendredi, producer Giulia Casalini and writers Mijke van der Drift and Matthew Fuller.

This three-day programme features new and recent works by artist and filmmaker Shu Lea Cheang, alongside presentations by performers, filmmakers and thinkers reflecting on Cheang’s concept ‘NEO ULTRA PUNK’ – the attitude of ‘a nouveau queer generation that includes refugees, migrants, functional diversity, transfeminism, open families, subversive motherhoods, forms of sustainable living and the rise of self-defence practices for self-empowerment.’

‘I situated myself in trans communities respectively in San Francisco, Amsterdam and London in the late 90s, a time when the binary gender notion dictated the body modification proposed by sexual reassignment: one “transitioned” to either FTM (female to male) or MTF (male to female). Nearly 20 years later, WONDERS WANDER [web series] brings up a new generation of nonbinary creatures who swim freestyle in gender fluidity. HE/SHE/IT merge into a “THEY” as a singular noun.’ – Shu Lea Cheang, describing production of web series Brandon


Fri 18 May

WONDERS WANDER, Shorts + Panel
Selected shorts from Shu Lea Cheang, Elizabeth Mputu, Ayesha Tan Jones, Zach Blas, Natasha Lall, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, with discussion led by Mijke van der Driftwith Natasha Lall and Giulia Casalini.
6pm, Cinema, £5/£3

Sat 19 May

Let’s Make a Sequel – Fluidø 2
Playing with the idea of a casting as performance, filmmaker and artist Shu Lea Cheang present this open casting for Fluidø 2, a speculative film sequel to the cypherpunk, sci-fi porn feature film Fluidø (2017).
2–5pm, Theatre, Free

Fluidø + Shu Le Cheang Q&A
Shu Lea Cheang’s new cypherpunk, sci-fi porn feature film set in the post-AIDS future of 2060 plus Q&A with the artist and Matt Fuller.
6:30pm, Cinema, £5 / £3

Liberate the Fluid
Filmmaker and artist Shu Lea Cheang presents a ‘performance as party’ with this improvised collective performance featuring selected cast and music from Lady Vendredi.
9pm, Theatre, £5 / £3

Sun 20 May

Shadow Sistxrs Fight Club
A physical and metaphysical self-defence class for women, nonbinary people and QTIPoC witches.
3pm, Studio, £5 / £3