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From Worship To Bewilderment: On Feminist Hybridity And The New Weird Monster

27 May 2024

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Mon, 27 May
18:30 – 20:30

Timezone: Europe/London

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Hosted by: The Feminist Lecture Program

Our classes take place via zoom on Monday evenings, with a different topic and lecturer each week, hosted by our founder Luisa-Maria MacCormack. A Zoom link will be sent to ticketholders from Eventbrite or Outsavvy (depending where their ticket was bought) before the lecture begins.

The Feminist Lecture Program welcomes guest lecturer Jasmine Reimer to explore feminist resistance in the face of modern ideas of ‘perfection’, by thinking through and beyond traditional ideas of transformation and the sacred, and the monstrous as generative critical symbols and models for change.

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CLASS DESCRIPTION

The hybrid and the monster are ideal symbols of feminist resistance. In contrast to modern ideas of ‘perfection’, they are constantly becoming: never finite or complete. Endlessly transforming and changing, they confront society with the impossible, challenging the restrictions imposed by Capitalism, Patriarchy and Colonialism. The monster-hybrid-body is a thriving “mess” of disparate parts, inter-species and intersex, it ecstatically grinds and writhes against itself and its surroundings, eradicating socio-politico-geo-biological boundaries with every swath of its furred tail, every multi-directional thrust of its many tentacled arms. As such, the monster offers an opportunity to confront a great unknown, a somewhat sacred experience of simultaneous horror and enchantment…

Jasmine Reimer’s lecture is rooted in a feminist understanding of transformation/transcendence, the hybrid body and the monster and how they relate to new ideas of the weird, eerie and sacred experience. She will discuss specific examples of divine feminist symbols and how they communicate transformation narratives, beginning with Neolithic goddess symbols and mythologies, the role of the Neolithic hybrid as a socio-cultural model, and how the hybrid has evolved into a contemporary monster. Jasmine will consider the contemporary monster as a way to discover a new and weird divine – or as Jasmine says, a way to “(re)monster” the world.

Students will be given the opportunity to engage with the presentation directly via discussion, via excerpts of key texts by feminist theorists, fiction and non-fiction authors and poets, in addition to listening to excerpts from interviews and/or podcasts on the topic.

ABOUT OUR LECTURER

Jasmine Reimer is an artist and writer based in Berlin. Working in non-fiction, fiction, poetry, sculpture, installation and drawing, her work uses symbolism and mythology, experimentation and abstraction to investigate states of spiritual transcendence and bodily transformation. In addition to exhibiting and lecturing internationally, she also writes art criticism and op-eds which can be found in ArtReview, Neighbourhood Mag, Border Crossings, Peripheral Review, Mousse and EastRoom. Following her self-published collection of poetry titled, “Small Obstructions”, Reimer is currently working on an experimental book project about art and spirituality as monster-ing practices.

INSTAGRAM: @jreimes

UPCOMING SESSIONS WITH THE FEMINIST LECTURE PROGRAM

Monday 20th May
Lucy Brownson (she/her) and Matilde Manicardi (she/her)
Building It Ourselves, Building It Together: A History of Queer and Feminist Community-Building Through Housing Activism

Monday 27th Mat
Jasmine Reimer (she/her)
Feminist Monsters: Transformation and the New Weird Divine 

Monday 3rd June
Nicola Hill (she/her)
Visions, Veils And Virgins: A Short History of Epilepsy Through the Lives of Extraordinary Women

Monday 10th June
Kate Robinson (she/her)
An Introduction to Textiles as a Feminist Discourse

Monday 17th June
Joanna Sperryn-Jones (she/her)
Breaking As Making: Women Artists Employing Breaking, Violence and Destruction

Monday 24th June
Hettie Judah (she/her)
On Art And Motherhood: The Construction of Perfection and its Feminist Subversion

Monday 1st July
Luisa-Maria MacCormack (she/her)
Ana Mendieta: Soil, Dirt and the Body as Art

Monday 8th July
Janine Francois (she/her/they/them)
Oppositional Gaze: Black Feminist Photography as Feminist Resistance

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