Jess Dobkin (Toronto)


Monday 4 July 2022, 2.00pm5.00pm

Centenary Sq, Broad St
Birmingham, B1 2EA United Kingdom
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Birmingham 2022 Festival Presents

180 minutes


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YOU’RE INVITED to Conjuring the Archive: FIERCE at 25 participatory workshop with visiting Canadian performance artist Jess Dobkin. Together we will delve into experiences, ideas and questions about the lifespan and spirit life of archival materials. Through sensory, embodied and energetic encounters, we will explore connections and intersections in the dynamic relationship of live performance, documentation and archives and explore how archival materials might perform anew. Using the FIERCE archives (housed at the Library of Birmingham) as our source material we will collectively create a new public artwork.

All artists, archivists, activists, finders, keepers, scholars, collectors, witches and mystics are welcome.

This workshop takes place at the Library of Birmingham in the Birmingham Archives and Heritage Room on Floor 4.

Please reach out with any questions and/or specific access requests:

Jess Dobkin

Jess Dobkin is an internationally acclaimed artist. Her performance and curatorial projects are presented at museums, galleries, theatres, universities and in public spaces internationally. She was active in the downtown performance art scene in New York City before moving to Toronto in 2002. Recent projects include her 2017 Dora-nominated performance, The Magic Hour, which was developed through The Theatre Centre Residency program with support from the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. She created The Artist-Run Newsstand (2015-2016), a one-year artist-run newsstand that operated in a vacant subway station newsstand kiosk. Her Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar (2006, 2012, 2016) continues to receive significant scholarly consideration and media attention. She was Guest Curator of MONOMYTHS at FADO Performance Art Centre (2016-2017), Guest Curator of Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH performing arts residency program (2011-2012) and a co-curator of the 7a-11d International Festival of Performance Art (2009-2012.) She has taught as a Sessional Lecturer at OCAD University, the University of Toronto and Sheridan College, and was a Fellow at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. Her photographic images, created to accompany her performances, are also published and exhibited as stand-alone works. Her film and video works are distributed by Vtape.

Healing Gardens of Bab Funders


Monday 4 July 2022


Library of Birmingham


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