JOY MARIAMA SMITH
ANTI-PRODUCTIVITY AND UNRESTRICTED SOCIALITY
Focusing on decentralized knowledge production and col¬laboration as researcher practice, Smith will reflect on their own methods of research starting by locating their own positionality in the context of institutions. Leaning on text by Moten & Harney and Okun, as catalysers for framing research, Smith will discuss action-oriented research that exists out¬side the dominant research culture(s). By engaging with anti-colonial and anti-capitalistic research praxis, via intuition, ancestral knowledge, emotional intelligence, self-care and rest, Smith will consider working in, and generating from, the margins.
JOY MARIAMA SMITH is a performance, installation, and movement artist and educator. In their dance, perfomances, and installations, they create spaces in which the distinction between spectator and participant becomes blurred and visitors are encouraged to reflect on the ways in which they deal with space. Their work has been performed internation¬ally, including at “Freedom of Movement,” Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2018; If I Can’t Dance Edition VI, Amsterdam, 2016; SoLow Festival, Philadelphia, 2015; and Ponderosa, Stolzenhagen, 2013. Smith’s practice-based research explores embodied consent, implicit consent, and explicit consent and looks at how consent culture exists (or does not) in various institutions. How to create institutions where emotional intelligence, de-centralized knowledge production, radical care, and empathy serve as frameworks for working through consent? Smith teaches at the Academy of Theatre and Dance, Amsterdam University of the Arts, the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) Amsterdam, and Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam. When Smith chooses to teach, they actively try to uphold inclusive spaces.