How can hospitality, silence and secrecy be tools for social organising? Legendary multi-media producer, writer and DJ Terre Thaemlitz explores this question during a two-day residency and several performances at Bergen Kunsthall.
On the first night of the residency, Thaemlitz and long-time collaborator Laurence Rassel present the radio show “Hospitality, Secrecy and Other Useless Movements”.
In the conversation, Rassel and Thaemlitz explore the tensions and contradictions arising from the simultaneous needs for care, hospitality and non-intervention in today’s everywhere topic of inclusion. When the constant requirement to be inclusive is understood as a product of a dominant ideology, through which mass exclusions and injustices are still happening, what could hospitality mean as a model for organisation? And as major culture continues to ignore the violence towards those who feel as a minority group until they make themselves visible and heard within the mainstream (through a rhetoric of speaking up and occasions such as PrideTM), how can the historical functions of closets and secrecy inform attempts at organising and avoiding co-optation?
This radio show is streamed via Oslo-based feminist radio station radiOrakel, and not recorded. Download the interview between Terre Thaemlitz, Laurence Rassel and Landmark Curator Eva Rowson (in Resources).
Photo: Arika, Episode 7: We Can’t Live Without Our Lives, Glasgow (2015)