Nicholas Ridout & Dhanveer Singh Brar

Talk: Performance, Possession & Automation with performance by Eirini Kartsaki

Friday 14 October 2022, 11.00am12.00pm

Broad Street
Birmingham, B1 2EA United Kingdom
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60 mins. Free



Eirini Kartsaki

Join Nicholas Ridout and Dhanveer Singh Brar in conversation about their new 3-year research project, Performance, Possession & Automation.

The project brings together academics and artists to investigate the resistant power of ‘spirit possession’, the contemporary rise of automation, and their entanglement with histories of colonial slavery. How is contemporary performance shaped by and responding to these experiences?

This launch event will also feature a performance from the project’s commissioned artists, Eirini Kartsaki and Nicol Parkinson:


Anomalopteryx is a flightless bird, known as a lesser bird, only slightly taller than a turkey. A play of movement in and out of sense, in other words, speeches and sounds.

Performance, Possession & Automation is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, supported by Queen Mary University of London and University of Leeds, in partnership with Fierce and Transform, and with the collaboration of performingborders.


Friday 14 October 2022


Festival Hub @ Symphony Hall