Grounded in physical practice, collective imagination and relationships, marion spencer and her collaborators—Ogemdi Ude, Kimiko Tanabe, s. lumbert, anna thompson, taylor knight, Symara Johnson, Tara Sheena, Malcolm-x Betts, Athena Kokoronis, Myssi Robinson, Stephanie Acosta, HandyQueers, Iris McCloughan, jess pretty and Theo Armstrong— have been developing their process through a previously imagined and now lived apocalypse, offering a feminine, feminist vision of a world built from the detritus of our current one. Responding to Yrsa-Daley Ward’s poetry collection Bone, this new movement piece, to love the rise/pt.2, considers how we mend, embracing experimentation and an alternative order.
“The continental rise, an underwater terrain found between the continental slope and the abyssal plain, composed of all the accumulated and deposited sediments and the runoff from the continent, is the final threshold in the boundary between the continents & the deepest part of the ocean,” writes spencer. “Here lies the sludge, the mess, the muck from Earth. Here lies to love the rise/ pt.2.”
Reflecting upon Mariame Kaba’s writings on abolitionist practice, the collective considers what we take with us, what we leave behind, and how we move forward with scars. Emerging on a different imaginative plane, finding and losing order to arrive together in a transformed ecosystem of sensing, imagination, and action, spencer and her fellow artists offer an anti-capitalist mindset and alternative order, posing that our world is made by us—by us all—through relationships, imagination, collaboration and action.