Various Artists

A Very Fierce Grand Opening

Wednesday 16 October 2019, 7.00pm

Chamberlain Square
Birmingham, B3 3DH
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Free, Drop In.

Presented in partnership with Birmingham Museums

4 hours


Former FWD artist Ginny Lemon in a green wig against an orange background

Zander Porter X James Batchelor

Whiskey Chow

Whiskey Chow, Credit: Lidia Crisafulli

Ariah Lester

Ariah Lester. Outfit: Tom van der Borght. Image: Alexander Deprez

Keijaun Thomas

Image: Andrea Abbatangelo

Sandra Johnston, Here-to-Here, Notwithstanding


Hosted by Ginny Lemon

With performances from:

Sandra Johnston,
Keijaun Thomas,
Whiskey Chow,
Justin Shoulder,
Zander Porter X James Batchelor,
Ariah Lester,
Lucy McCormick,
& Susannah Hewlett

Our Very Fierce Grand Opening event is always very special and we’re thrilled this year to be holding it at Birmingham Museum. Expect different performances around the museum as well as a toast to launch the festival, DJs and host Ginny Lemon + it’s all free!

Performances will happen throughout the evening. Including:

Zander Porter X James Batchelor
Alien Intimacy

A dance of “human” and “alien” embodiments, Alien Intimacy speculates on the movement of an interpersonally constructed alien sense, drawing relations between the visible and the invisible or the physically embodied and the virtually disembodied. The distance between human and alien expands and contracts via virtual imagery, silver-tactile mediation, and internet-referential performativity. Temporal denseness and specificity conjure an intimacy for this distance as an almost-touchable “space between.”

Whiskey Chow

‘M.A.C.H.O’ situates a symbolic conversation between female/queer masculinity and a fetishized man-like figure, creating an absurd companionship. In the piece, Artist Whiskey Chow reveals a “failed” masculinity on gendered, sexed, raced and marginalized bodies to problematize hierarchies of masculinities in western capitalist society.


Wednesday 16 October 2019


Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery