Auto Italia, London, 02 December 2017, 16:00 — 18:00
Ray Filar, Wail Qasim, Lexi Turner and Harley Yeung Kurylowski
Terre Thaemlitz, Interstices, HD video, colour, sound, 2000-03.

nuisance [noun] 1. a thing, person or situation that is annoying, inconvenient, or causes trouble or problems; 2. behaviour which is harmful, offensive or annoying to the public or a member of it and that a court of law can order the person to stop.

Join us for an event exploring the term “nuisance”, frequently discussed by Terre Thaemlitz, as the exhibition presentation Interstices comes to an end.

On Nuisance is a panel led by Ray Filar with Harley Kurylowski, Wail Qasim and Lexi Turner convened to discuss personal, political and artistic relationships to the word. In the event, the speakers will be discussing the political potential of nuisance, exploring the term as a subject position which could offer alternative strategies for both work and play. Who gets to be a nuisance and who can’t help but be seen as one? How is the attribution ‘nuisance’ classed, racialised or gendered? How might nuisance be a form of resistance?

Ray Filar is a writer and performance artist. They host the left-wing feminist radio show Killjoy FM and their writing has been published widely. Most recently at Camden People’s Theatre, their solo show Non-Binary Electro Hour is about the queer and trans body, desire, and genderfuck drag. They are a Gender Studies/Creative Writing PhD student at Sussex University.

Wail Qasim is a writer, critic, and campaigner, living and working in London. Their writing has covered philosophy and politics, specifically dealing with racism, issues of queer and Black social movements, and their media strategies. Much of Wail’s work has centred on the topic of policing and deaths in custody, and they have been an active organiser with Black Lives Matter UK. Recently they have contributed work as a freelance writer to The Guardian, The Independent, VICE UK, and Novara Media.

Lexi Turner (b. 1990, UK) is a noise artist and film, art and queer theorist. She has recently given papers on topics including Heroin & Hydrofeminism and Noise, and Power & Perpetual Disintegration. The book The Crack-Up, written by the Goldsmiths 2017 Spatial Biopolitics collective, of which she was a member, is soon to be published in Germany.

Harley Yeung Kurylowski is a London based film director, editor and curator working across narrative film, experimental documentary and music videos, championing and programming queer cinema. Since mid-2015 Harley has been the head curator and founder behind KUNTINUUM, an artist-run salon which meets quarterly in London and centres self-ID’d lesbians, queer women, trans and non-binary folx.