Rana Hamadeh, In Conversation
Wednesday 17 June, 18:30
At this early stage within her period-in-residence, Rana Hamadeh will introduce her ongoing Alien Encounters project. This is an opportunity to join Rana and Niki Russell (Programme Curator, Primary) for an informal ‘in conversation’, view examples of past work and discuss the ideas that inform this expanding research project.
About Alien Encounters
Alien Encounters is an ongoing multi-faceted research project that Hamadeh initiated in 2011, and that serves as an incubator for a continuously growing series of performance/theatrical works and scripts, cartographic projects, sound and text based installations and other writings. Initially inspired by Sun Ra’s film Space is the Place (1974), which proposes an African American exodus towards outer space in response to racial injustice, Alien Encounters aims at further complicating the notion of ‘alienness’, where the alien is on one hand viewed as an outcast with regard to the law, and on the other hand as an extraterrestrial.
Thinking through the conjunctions of the legal and the spatial, Alien Encounters builds upon the idea of provincialising planet Earth (which responds to Dipesh Chakrabarty’s call for provincialising Europe) – a proposition that aims at queering the spatial imaginaries that constitute our legal understandings of the ‘worldly’. The evolving series of propositions throughout the project’s chapters depart each time from different theoretical and contextual anchors. They lead journeys amidst outer-space and land-sea relations plotted through science fiction projections, geo-political territory formation, cross-border travel, modern resistance movements within the Arab context, towards the spatial and legal coding of terms such as contagion, hygiene, immunity, resistance, exodus, and quarantine, and play out an intense scrutiny of the relations of criminology, epidemiology and theatre.
This event is held in partnership with Nottingham Contemporary.