LIVE FUTURES: REIMAGINING TOUCH - LIVE ON-THE-LINE
Dr Zahra Stardust
In an age of skin hunger and physical distancing, how can art reimagine what constitutes intimacy and connection? If our touch is predominantly mediated through sensors, screens and surfaces, what does this mean for the future of radical intimacies?
Artists, sex workers and queer communities are pioneering innovative responses to the global pandemic, including sharing sex-positive public health messaging, mobilising funds for mutual aid and creating COVID-safe experiences of intimacy. Some have engaged new technologies that allow for unique sensory experiences and connections across time and space.
In this panel, artists reimagine touch, intimacy and sexuality at a time of global pandemic, big tech and sexual surveillance. When government solutions are founded upon assumptions of nuclear families, monogamous relationships and heteronormative households, how do we nurture and sustain queer intimacies? As always, we look to artists for creative, experimental and boundary-pushing practices that take us outside existing social, technological and economic imaginaries.
Duration: 2 hours
LIVE FUTURES is a series of curated public conversations that explore the pivotal role of artists in defining the new civic life we are entering, in a sustained period of disruption and change.
The LIVE FUTURES platform celebrates the insight of artists, as thought leaders and critical players in the new social, cultural, and economic paradigms that are being built and renewed in the wake of the pandemic and other global events. Accessible to national and global audiences, LIVE FUTURES will complement the voices of artists with those of specialists from other disciplines in order to dive deeply into the possibilities of our future world.
All LIVE FUTURES events will be live streamed on Vimeo, and embedded on our website. All the events in the LIVE FUTURES Series will be available on demand for 7 days after they air, through our digital experimental art channel LIVE ON-THE-LINE.