Sea Creature
Studium Generale 2021-2022 Rietveld Academie

Charl Landvreugd with Joy Mariama Smith and Tarek Lakhrissi, Imagining Liquification

Imagining Liquification
In conversation with the artists Joy Mariama Smith and Tarek Lakhrissi, Charl Landvreugd took the invitation to curate a day for Studium Generale Rietveld Academie as an opportunity to collaboratively think through questions of Queerness as a form of Liquification happening in Oceanic Imaginaries.
Liquification can be a change from a gas to a liquid through condensation, usually by cooling, or a change from a solid to a liquid through melting, usually by heating or by grinding and blending with another liquid to induce dissolution.
The liquification process happens in three steps.
1. By playing with bias based on appearance, the performance The Utopia of Normal Space by Landvreugd unnerves ideas of normality that are based on assumptions.
2. The performance MISS ME? by Lakhrissi stages an intimate discussion with Landvreugd on black and brown queerness in the European context and shifts into a poetry session by the artist in collaboration with musician Yara Said. 
3. dis/solution (dis solution) is a thirty-minute immersive ritual performance installation where the artist Joy Mariama Smith is absent. Working with dissolution as a healing practice for minoritarian body working, dis/solution intentionally works with salt, charcoal and water as detoxing elements-detoxing from past experiences.
While all works are autonomous pieces, the day should be understood as working towards a collaborative form of Liquefaction.
Liquefaction is a phenomenon in which the strength and stiffness of a soil is reduced by earthquake shaking or other rapid loading…
Liquefaction occurs in saturated soils, that is, soils in which the space between individual particles is completely filled with water.