Network + Contact

30 May 2019

Regular hours

12:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

Free, booking required. Travel bursaries are available.

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Wysing Arts Centre

Cambridge, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 18 or 18A from City Centre to Bourn
  • BR Cambridge Station ( 8 miles)
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'Network + Contact' is an afternoon of talks and discussion hosted by curator-in-residence Taylor Le Melle, with artist/ composer free.yard and poets Momtaza Mehri and Dorothea Smartt.


The event’s title references novelist and critic Samuel Delany’s Times Square Red, Times Square Blue and the adjacency of its two essays – the first mapping the displacement of a community which organised itself around sex and cinema, the second considering the varying qualities of social interaction within a niche group of cultural workers.

Inaugurating a period of study, 'Network + Contact' is borne of a desire to augment the existing arts and labour discourse with considerations on: intimacy, migration, workers’ rights, activism, culture, London, grief, film and performance, celebrity, friendship, collectives, boundaries.

Event Schedule:
Timings may be subject to change on the day

2:00   Doors Open
2:10   Introduction by Taylor Le Melle
2:15   Dorothea Smartt
2:35   Discussion led by Dorothea Smartt / Taylor Le Melle
3:00   Momtaza Mehri (Essay reading)
3:30    Q&A with Momtaza Mehri
4:00  Group reading of Rizvana Bradley "Black Cinematic Gesture and
the Aesthetics of Contagion"
5:00   free.yard
6:15   Taylor Le Melle (Response)
6:35   Discussion led by Taylor Le Melle and free.yard
7:30   End

Due to unforeseen circumstances Professor Rizvana Bradley will no longer be able to participate in the event. The group reading session scheduled at 3.00pm will focus on one of Professor Bradley's essays'.

The programme has been devised with readings and presentations interspersed with breaks. Refreshments and food will be provided as part of the event.

'Network + Contact' is the last in the ‘False Economy’ series of events developed by Taylor Le Melle as part of their curator-in-residence period at Wysing Arts Centre.

Image credit: Image courtesy of free.yard


Taylor Le Melle


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