DIY 2020: Oriana Fox and Teresa Albor – The Art of the Headfuck: I learned it from Katherine

A workshop aimed at fans and future fans of the late great Katherine Araniello, a queer, crip, red-headed firebrand whose work lives on to disturb and tantalize in equal measure. We will mine Katherine’s subversive methodologies, taking the piss in a way that would make her proud, and then go forward to talk back to those who would have us crushed, cured or assimilated.

This DIY is run in partnership with Wellcome Collection.

About the workshop

The late artist Katherine Araniello made essential and challenging work engaging with agency, disability and the aesthetics of the body. Her work was politically fearless and infused with subversive humour. Importantly, under no circumstances would Katherine Araniello fall in line with what was expected of her. If she did, she did it in a way that was so over the top, or so strange, that it became, in her terminology: a ‘headfuck’. So this workshop is aimed at fellow/wannabe headfuckers who will mine Katherine’s methodologies for all they’re worth – to take the piss in a way that would make her proud.

The workshop will foster individual risk-taking and improvisation within a context of collective support. To this end, participants will be encouraged to test out Katherine’s subversive strategies including:

• Pitch black and subversive humour
• Knife-edge satire
• Vlogging about nothing
• Making limitations/inaccessibility into opportunities
• Playing the victim
• Deadpan demeanour
• Karaoke, songwriting and improvisational singing
• Unconventional apparel
• Being in character
• Public interventions
• Drawing penises and wearing dildo’s
• Planning a lot and not planning at all

We will respond to each other’s new works and receive feedback from Katherine’s key collaborators: Marcia Farquhar, Aaron Williamson and Daniel Oliver. Lastly, we hope to begin the process of producing a mockumentary about inspirational Katherine, so participants will be invited to contribute material in the form of interviews and performance documentation.

Dates and location

This is a four part online workshop, taking place over 3 days in January 2021.

Participants will be notified of their acceptance by 20 December 2020. At which point they will choose or be assigned a particular work by Katherine that they must respond to creatively by making a new piece.

Session One: Saturday 9 January, 2pm to 5pm: Group Bonding Session drawing on Katherine’s toolkit (expect karaoke and crisp-bingeing)

Presentation and feedback sessions on new works: 23-24 January 2021:

Session Two: Saturday 23 January, 11 am to 1 pm AND 3 to 5 pm

Session Three: Sunday 24 January: 1 to 3 pm

NB: Participangs must commit to making themselves available for the FULL workshop to enable us to be attentive to each other’s work. All sessions will include breaks to avoid screen fatigue!

ACCESS and PRODUCTION BUDGET: We have a budget (approx. £60 per participant) to cover access costs, snacks and/or to support the production of new work.

How to apply

This workshop is open to live art novices, professionals and anyone in between who have learned or feel they can learn from Katherine Araniello. That said, it will appeal to artists with the following attributes:

SUBVERSIVE
SPONTANEOUS
SPIT IN THE EYE
OPEN-MINDED
EXPLORATORY
LIKE TO TAKE THE PISS
IMPROVISATIONAL
FUNNY
BULL SHITTERS
FAKERS
CURIOUS
WEIRD

***If you’re new to Katherine’s work, you are welcome, but do some online research.***

To apply please answer the following questions on this form. Please note there is word count for guidance, but don’t feel you need to use all of the word count if you don’t need it. If you would rather respond with a video or audio recording, please send a file that is no longer than 10 mins via wetransfer to [email protected]. If you prefer to apply via some other format, please get in touch directly with Oriana ([email protected]).

 

For more information please contact [email protected]

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