Artist Talk Round 1

Friday, Nov 9, 7pm - 9pm

MADDthing Studio, Hackney Wick, E95AA


Artist Talk Round 2

Saturday, Nov 10, 2pm - 4pm

MADDthing Studio, Hackney Wick, E95AA


SPIT! Collective Performance and Closing Event

Sunday Nov 11, 7pm - 10pm

MADDthing Studio, Hackney Wick, E95AA


_The Summit

A dialogue featuring five international, queer, female and gender non-conforming researchers, activists, and artists of colour. Topics include: de-colonial feminism(s); the refugee crisis & the value of the queer brown body; queerness itself as a site of resistance and potential; the importance of private and public queer spaces in locations where queerness is illegal; the Iranian internet; epigenetics of space; and ways the mediated image desensitises or masks understandings of queerness.

In partnership with CAD+SR.


Aysha A.

is a Bahraini artist who works in drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation. She explores the public and private spaces that sexuality occupies in the GCC while addressing topics of escapism and societal boundaries. Aysha A. received her MFA from Goldsmiths University.

Tamara Al-Mashouk

is a Saudi artist based in London. Through multi-channel video, performance, and architectural installation, Al-Mashouk examines queerness as a site of resistance, immigration systems and societal borders, and the epigenetics of space. Al-Mashouk is a 2018-19 Research Fellow at the Center for Arts, Design and Social Research.

Rebecca Close

is a researcher and translator based in Barcelona. Her book V alid Virtual Vegetable Reality (2018) won the Melita Hume Prize. She is currently an artist researcher in residence at Casa de Velázquez in Madrid and a 2018-19 Research Fellow at CAD+SR.

Maral Pourkazemi

is an Iranian designer born in Germany, living and working in London. Her work deals with privacy, security, censorship, & freedom. Pourkazemi established two all-female collectives; co-founding Deep Lab, a collective of researchers, new media artists, and designers; and founding Koodeta, a techno safe space by womxn for womxn.

Carlos Maria Romero, a.k.a. Atabey

is a London-based Colombian multidisciplinary artist and performer with a background in dance and live art working in the fields of performing and visual arts, heritage and architectural activism, pedagogy and curating. Maria Romero is the third member of SPIT! (Sodomites, Inverts, Perverts Together!) with whom they wrote and keep presenting a series of queer manifestos responding to contemporary pressing issues of sexual and gender oppression (initially part of Frieze Projects 2017).