The Colonizer as Decolonizer// The Colonized as the decolonized: Jérôme Bel on choreographing as an act of resistance in the nineties.

This excellent post is written by one of my friends Emily Barasch. This is the first time I experiment with guest-blogging, and with my role as an editor because after I was first approached by Emily, it felt important to expand my singular perspective on this blog as Cult Plastic gains momentum. If you are […]

Racism at Impulstanz

For those who do not know already, I have been spending the past month in Vienna Austria, fully immersing in Impulstanz Dance Festival, dancing/ watching dances/ talking about dances fifteen hours a day, seven days a week. A contemporary dance festival that is unmatched in its scale globally, Impulstanz prides itself in its progressivity and […]

Remnants of Colonization and Whiteness – Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud: DFS (2017)

 The dance floor burns red-hot when Jamaican dancehall clashes with European ballet in this new piece by the dazzling dream team, Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud. Musically speaking, the Kingston sounds distilled from reggae fuse with the magic of English Renaissance madrigals […] -Excerpt from the program note DFS is a proposition of intercultural exchange, appearing […]

On Blackness – Ligia Lewis: minor matter (2016)

Blackness is certainly not an easy topic to write about, especially for an author who is not black himself. I have watched Ligia Lewis’ minor matter three times since January but I have been very hesitant to analyze it, because it is important for black writers and black activists to be at the center of the discourse […]

A Queer Survival Kit: Part III

This is a 3-part article on queer survival and queer politics. Part I: Art Part II: Gaydar and Sex Item 4: Failure Failure is perhaps the most counterintuitive tool that appears in my toolkit. Compared to the last three items, failure takes on extremely negative connotations and seems completely irrelevant to the queer survival project, […]