Studium Generale: Alexis Pauline Gumbs & Camille Barton

"i am precious rock" a conversation inspired by Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde was a stoneworker. She studied the geological and energetic healing properties of stones like a proper witch. She kept a stone polishing machine in her kitchen. Sometimes she would interrupt someone interviewing her to ask her about a stone that they were wearing. After her mastectomy she created her own stone necklaces as a meditative practice and a mark of her warrior ascendance. This conversation is an opportunity to nerd out about Audre Lorde as a geological force and a stone-worker informed by Alexis Pauline Gumbs's research for her forthcoming book The Eternal Life of Audre Lorde: Biography as Ceremony.

Pre-read/watch/listen material

Digging by Audre Lorde (it's in the Black Unicorn)

Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a Queer Black Troublemaker and Black Feminist Love Evangelist and an aspirational cousin to all sentient beings. Her work in this lifetime is to facilitate infinite, unstoppable ancestral love in practice. Her poetic work in response to the needs of her cherished communities has held space for multitudes in mourning and movement.

Alexis’s co-edited volume Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines (PM Press, 2016) has shifted the conversation on mothering, parenting and queer transformation. Alexis has transformed the scope of intellectual, creative and oracular writing with her triptych of experimental works published by Duke University Press (Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity in 2016, M Archive: After the End of the World in 2018 and Dub: Finding Ceremony, 2020.)

Unlike most academic texts, Alexis’s work has inspired artists across form to create dance works, installation work, paintings, processionals, divination practices, operas, quilts and more.

Camille Barton

Camille Barton (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and embodiment researcher, who uses afrofuturism to imagine creative interventions towards systems change. They are invested in breaking down the mind body separation that is dominant in Western paradigms in order to create more space for flexible thinking, holistic healing and bridging across differences. Camille’s art practice weaves dance, clowning, DJing, facilitation, film and cultural production.

melanie bonajo (they/them). Through their films, performances, music and installations, they study subjects related to how technological advances and commodity-based pleasures increase feelings of alienation, removing a sense of belonging in an individual. Captivated by concepts of the divine, Bonajo explores the spiritual emptiness of her generation, the erosion of intimacy, examines peoples’ shifting relationship with nature and tries to understand existential questions by reflecting on our domestic situation, ideas around classification, concepts of home, non-humans, technology, gender and attitudes towards value.

Part of the Studium Generale lecture series:
Wxtch Craft: Your Name is Medicine Over My Kin (Fall Cycle '21/'22):



Thu 14 October 2021 19.30 - 21:00