«S.W.E.A.T.» (Sex/uality. Work. Extraction. Art. Theatr/ics): with Tereza Silon #26
Dienstag, 11. Jun 2024, 13:00 bis 14:00 Uhr

S.W.E.A.T. features conversations about performance and performativity of the sexual/ized body at work—work as labour of survival and labour of a/Art with host Mad Kate. This months conversation is with interdisciplinary artist Tereza Silon

Tereza Silon (ona/jejĂ­, they/them, none), born 1991 in former Czechoslovakia, is an interdisciplinary artist, a performer, performance researcher, poet, experimental herbalist and a bodyworker. their work is often informed by the vegetal and (more-than-)human intimacies, by herbalist practices, vegetal lores, the need of inherent sensuousness of subjective embodiments with/in the world. they feel through feminist queer perspectives, social-natural ecologies and a desire to open spaces for generative intimacy/ies despite extractive systems we are forced to inhabit.

As an (ex) activist, they question the balance between necessary care and engagement in prolonged palliative care for structures that need to go. they are currently working on setting up a temporary non-idealized social pleasure clinic for september, give bodywork, are writing a first ´substantial text´ aka are writing a book and are in a process with a performance titled ´good gardens´ exploring lore of the much maligned bella donna and power dynamics in gardening beyond the binary of ´good´and ´bad´. the art ´career´ gives them a chance to also work occasionally multiple nice but precarized and underpaid side jobs.

Silon centers queer as well as folkloric approaches, grassroot origins, craving for more ´useless´ beauty enhancing the experience of awe and upholding multiplicities as a form of resistance to the hegemonic world-order. their motivation is (one day soon) the right to play – for all! the dignified work of survival is not enough for a survival alone.

Tracks curated by my guest:

‘Sweet Beehive/Like A Lighting’ - live 2022 performance by New Magic Media (a moniker of Adina Sobotková) with poem written and performed by Tereza Silon

Kol Maghanni ft. Mariana Jouzova from El Mosameh Sherine - QOW

Iva Bittová - Mravenčí Síla

We all sweat as we provide care, as we labour, as we perform our work, as we fuck, as we survive and as we sacrifice one choice for the other. How exactly do we define our work and how does that work entangle and circumscribe our sexual identities, our racialized bodies, our creative lives and the ways in which we provide care? How do we perform both tasks and identities within the framework of that which we consider work? These conversations are a means to speak between intersectionalities by anchoring through our (always, already, and ever pervasive) sexualized and racialized bodies, our working bodies, our artistic bodies and our performative bodies. I hope that they contribute to dialogues which normalize sex work as work, and all work as deserving of respect, healthy conditions, and a living wage.

You can find out more https://www.alfabus.us/s-w-e-a-t/

Mad Kate (they/them) is an electronic producer, sound designer, performance artist and writer who began working the Berlin performance and club scene in 2004, expanding their unique identity-queering, genderfcking and sexpositive performative work throughout music, theatre and film. Their explorations of borders between/within bodies, audibility, consent, proximity, and touch as political practice have brought them to theaters, communes, technomansions, prisons, dungeons, squats and galleries around the world.

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