Alanna Lockward discusses Be.Bop 2012 with Diana McCarty

cropped-skin-thingBE.BOP 2012- BLACK EUROPE BODY POLITICSis an international screening program and transdisciplinary roundtable centered on Black European citizenship in connection to recent moving image and performative practices. It will take place at The Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, a translocal theatre space which serves as point of arrival for artists from (post) migrant communities and beyond, founded in 2008 by Shermin Langhoff with the support of Fatih Akin.
The framework of this meeting is circumscribed within decolonial theories which expose how the idea of citizenship is linked to current racializing configurations and hence with the limits of humanity. In that sense, the racial hierarchy of human existence, originating in the Renaissance and prescribed legally during the Enlightenment, established current (white-male-heteronormative-Christian-Western) European notions of who is Human and who is lower in that hierarchy, thereby designating citizenship, one of the most important legacies of modernity. The time-based positions discussed at this meeting have been selected because they contest (racializing) fantasies on European citizenship.
By means of analyzing these narratives of re-existence, BE.BOP 2012 aims at facilitating a long-term exchange between specialists in disciplines unrelated to visual arts and time-based art practitioners of different contexts of the Black European Diaspora. The idea is to create multiple dialogues across the fields of history, legal studies, theatre, art and political activism.
This meeting is motivated and theoretically embedded to Decolonial Aesthetics and more specifically to Decolonial Diasporic Aesthetics, a term coined by curator, Alanna Lockward. In the spirit of the transformative and liberating qualities of performance art, this event is free and open to the public.

May 4-6, 2012
Ballhaus Naunynstrasse
Naunynstr. 27 / 10997 Berlin