“Rhythms of Fear”


Lefebvre suggests that the city dweller need make use of all his senses while walking around urban space in order to pay attention fully to its rhythms and that the average walker is only aware of his body when necessary, like the potential danger when crossing the street. For the female walker, this danger transgresses the street’s physical function to the potentiality of harassment or violence. Attuning oneself to these hidden rhythms is something women have done, instinctively, for decades. She is the real academic in Lefebvre’s rhythmanalysis. She feels the rhythms of the city with unquantifiable instinct. She watches for that particular look in a man’s eye, the group of men outside a pub, following their gaze to her legs; she listens for the approaching footsteps, the following car engine. We obey the patriarchal times of the city: nightfall, when the atmosphere alters and fear comes, when we are driven out.” Thanks to Liz K. for the link!

ALL recorded presentations from “Spatializing Sovereignty” online!


All videos from “Spatializing Sovereignty,” our 2016 symposium, are edited and online! Check out the videos of our keynotes from Mishuana Goeman and Gelare Khoshgozaran, along with the rest of our presentations. A special thanks to our digital coordinator, Thea Holsman, for recording, editing, and uploading all the videos, as well as giving us on-site AV support.

Launch of “Contemptorary”



contemptorary,” an online project co-founded by Gelare Khoshgozaran, one of our “Spatializing Sovereignty” keynote  speakers, has launched!

contemptorary is a “cyberspace project covering: women of color and indigenous women queering the art world, queers disrupting white hegemony, immigrants and those displaced due to war, occupation and colonialism who breach all terrains.

This project is a twofold:

  1. The contempt as a commitment to clearing the horizon for necessary ruptures
  2. The forging of communities to build some new horizons

Let’s call it contemptorary: contempt for all declared present creations.

Contempt against: discovery. Contempt for: token corners. Contempt against: the propaganda of scarcity.

The contempt for the contemporary is an acknowledgement of the conditions under which we participate as artists, writers, and cultural producers. It’s not a refusal, it’s participation with caution, suspicion: fury.

We think about the contemporary, and our contempt for it. We wonder if it is possible to talk about one without the other. The contempt is embedded in the contemptorary. We write through our anger, disdain, grief and faith in the possibility of, as Audre Lorde stated: difference based coalitions.

We write knowing that present culture is not shaped under the stars but under bombs, drones, under state violence–here the careful examination of what we produce and the conditions in which we produce them are not separate, but totalizing: contempt is only the beginning.

contemptorary was born out of the excitement for insightful contextualization, and embodied conceptualization. We map out our world word by word, one picture at a time, bludgeoning the violence of everyday: intellectual or otherwise.

Check out the site for pieces from their first feature!

The above images are taken from “The Freedom to Oppress.”

Stay tuned for videos from our “Spatializing Sovereignty” symposium, including of Gelare Khoshgozaran’s keynote!

Migration Maps



In 2013, Group 484 invited several artists to work with asylum seekers in an asylum centre near the village of Bogovadja, near Valjevo…We did not want to frame people as victims, avoiding the prism of humanitarian paternalism which is often the basis of art projects, but as courageous people who, by the very fact that they had decided to set out on such a journey, made a radical change in their life – fleeing war, conflicts and poverty. We were interested when, how and where they had been travelling before we met them. We asked why they had embarked on such a journey, what troubles they had survived, how they had crossed borders, what their experiences were with police and people in the countries they had passed through.

Together we sketched maps, piecing together their routes, which in some cases had taken up to 7 years. Sometimes the maps lack detail or are unclear, and sometimes they would skip parts of the journey. We wanted to show their routes factually, and thus draw attention to Europe’s inhumane asylum policy.”

Thanks Liz K. for the link!

Spatializing Sovereignty flyer

New Location for “Spatializing Sovereignty”!

“Spatializing Sovereignty” has changed venues! In accordance with a speakers boycott launched by AFSCME protesting the abuse of sub-contracted workers, we have moved to Mills College in Oakland, California. Please disregard any prior or conflicting announcements with a UCB location, and join us in the Bender Room of Carnegie Hall at Mills College on March 4th at 10:00 A.M. for opening remarks from Johnella LaRose, co-founder of Indian People Organizing for Change, and our two keynote addresses: Gelare Khoshgozaran, writer and multi-disciplinary artist will present at 2:00, and Dr. Mishuana Goeman, American Indian Studies and Gender Studies, UCLA, will present at 5:00. Our full program for the day is available here, and you can register here. The symposium is free and open to the public, but we encourage you to register in advance!

“Spatializing Sovereignty” Program Available and Registration Open!

We are delighted to announce that the full program for our 2016 symposium, “Spatializing Sovereignty,” is now available, and registration is officially open. The symposium is free and open to the public, but we highly encourage anyone interested in attending to register in advance. This year the symposium features a diverse range of scholars and artists giving academic presentations, artist talks, and film screenings engaging questions of sovereignty at various scales. We will have two keynote lectures: Gelare Khoshgozaran, writer and multi-disciplinary artist will present at 2:00, and Dr. Mishuana Goeman, American Indian Studies and Gender Studies, UCLA, will present at 5:00. If you are unable to join us in Berkeley, please tune in for the livestream of our symposium, where you may ask our presenters questions via the chat function.

Spatializing Sovereignty flyer


 Thanks to Liz Kinnamon, our art editor, for our wonderful flyer!