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flowers in the basement
(Kite, Alisha B. Wormsley, Mel Elberg, Tsedaye Makonnen, Frances Ines Rodriguez and Amy Ruhl)

Flowers in the Basement is the name of both a project and a collective consisting of Kite, Mel Elberg, Alisha B. Wormsley, Frances Ines Rodriguez, Tsedaye Makonnen, and Amy Ruhl formed to create a new original performance piece, and to speculate on insurgent, utopian forms of doing reproductive labor. Using the “demon text” of second-wave feminism, The Dialectic of Sex (Shulamith Firestone, 1970), as a jumping off point, the project offers a contemporary, polyvocal response to revolutionary demands for gender abolition, artificial reproduction, pansexual nonmonogamy, child liberation, and “cybernetic communism.” Bringing together a group of core collaborators working in vast fields of inquiry — Afrofuturism; queer, speculative, intersectional and Marxist feminisms, Lakota epistemologies; and Latinx and African migration narratives — their mode of collaboration forges collectivity while respecting the autonomy of each artists’ individual praxis. Their devising/scoring strategies for live performance range from traditional means of workshopping and improvisation to generating AI texts based on mutual input. Performances coming soon.

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