Moving Laterally ~ Ta(l)king Aside: this collaborative talk between Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos a.k.a Taka Taka (DAI, 2016 ) and Hypatia Vourloumis (theory-tutor DAI), will knit together different forms of asides. The aside is at once a lateral movement (to push aside) as well as an impromptu remark made to an audience that goes off script. Drawing on the aside as a queer performative statement and mode of deviant performance that produces different knowledges that are usually sidelined, our presentation will explore different modalities of exchange. What can the aside offer in terms of the forming of surprising pedagogies? How is the aside moving 'from,' 'for,' and 'to?' The aside is implicitly non-linear, improvisatory, fugitive and disruptive, and cannot be predicted or defined in advance. What does the bringing together of different swerving asides do? This presentation will follow and merge the lateral (non)structure of unforseen knitted asides, including those spontaneously shared by the participants of our gathering. When: 19 September. Where: DAS Graduate School.

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Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos(GR), a.k.a Taka Taka, is the godmother and art director of the drag House of Hopelezz and club Church, they are sister for others, mother of the drag king House of Løstbois, proud daughter of Jennifer Hopelezz and co-founder of the non-profit Drag King Academy Amsterdam. Taka Taka acts as a dragtivist, educator, queer theorist and independent curator who produces performances on a weekly basis as creative director for the Amsterdam‘s sex positive underground night club Church since 2013. They were trained as a professional make-up artist, studied Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie followed by Master in Arts at the Dutch Art Institute. Currently they are part of DAS Research THIRD programme. Taka Taka sees drag as an amplified voice, whose purpose is to communicate, problematize and propose methods according to local conditions. They have shared their knowledge and methodologies for drag mothering, gendered character based practices and its intersections with HIV through interviews, lectures, essays and workshops with various Dutch art institutions and art academies. They collaborate annually with SOA/AIDS Nederland, Global Aids Village, and more. Additionally they collaborate closely with their biological mother Dimitra who is living in the Greek village Saravali and designing and knitting entire outfits for Taka’s performances and lectures.

Hypatia Vourloumis is a performance theorist and received her Ph.D in performance studies at NYU. She is co-author with Sandra Ruiz of Formless Formation: Vignettes for the End of this World (Autonomedia/Minor Compositions, 2021) and completing a monograph on the politics of postcolonial Indonesian paralanguage. She teaches at the Dutch Art Institute.

You are welcome to join at 19:00 at DAS Graduate School, Overhoeksplein 2, Amsterdam. (second floor)

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This event is organised by DAS Research, the ATD Lectorate, and DAS Choreography in the frame of the research project ‘Moving Laterally’, by Konstantina Georgelou and Efrosini Protopapa.

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