Loud Bodies: Panel Discussion

With: Helena Reckitt, Molly Arthurs and Siobhán McGuirk.

Female labour has historically been hidden in the form of domestic labour, which has now been integrated into the economy of on-demand work. Women, minorities and migrant workers are much more likely to fill these kinds of jobs. Permanent employment across several sectors has shifted to precarious jobs through outsourcing, use of employment agencies, and inappropriate classification of workers as “short-term” or “independent contractors.” The panel, moderated by Goldsmiths faculty Helena Reckitt and comprised of Molly Arthurs and Siobhán McGuirk, both experts in the fields of economy, policy and feminist histories, aims to comprehensively and multilaterally explore these subjects.

Loud Bodies is a weekend of participatory events, sonic performances, and a panel discussion, where visitors are invited to unpack some of Mika Rottenberg’s critical themes, usually wrapped in a thick mantle of absurd – and often sensory – metaphors.


Helena Reckitt is a member and former Board Chair (2011-17) of the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths, a member of the Centre for Feminist Research, and an editorial board member for the Goldsmiths Press. She is a board member and Acting Chair for Electra in London. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Curatorial Studies, is a cofounder of Feminist Curators United (fCu), and is a member of IKT, the international association of curators of contemporary art. She has written for magazines including Art Papers, C Magazine, New York Arts Magazine, Art Asia Pacific, frieze, and the Times Higher Education Supplement, for the academic periodicals Art Journal, Reading Room, and the Journal of Curatorial Studies, and for books published by Routledge, Manchester University Press, Liverpool University Press, the University of Minnesota Press, Calvert 22, and the Whitechapel Gallery.

Molly Gerlach-Arthurs is a founding member of Decrim Now, the National Campaign for Sex Workers Rights. They also work with the Sex Worker Advocacy and Resistance Movement and the Women’s Strike Assembly, lobbying for better laws to create a safer sex industry for all involved

Siobhán McGuirk is an anthropologist (PhD American University, 2016), currently working as a Postdoctoral Early Career Researcher in the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Prior to joining Goldsmiths, Siobhán taught at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. for two years, 2016-2018. Siobhán’s  interdisciplinary research focuses on migration and sexuality, law and society, NGOs along with social justice movements, visual cultures, exhibiting, and museums; with a particularly investment in collaborative research methods. Alongside her academic publications, Siobhán produces podcasts for the SCA, write regularly for Red Pepper magazine, organize installations, and creates documentary films. She is also engaged in grassroots and institutional initiatives concerning LGBTQ+ rights, immigration, women’s rights, and decolonizing teaching praxis.


Co-curated by Goldsmiths MFA Curating students; Bhav Bhella, Kathy Cho, Lxo Cohen, Oana Damir, I-Ying Liu, Samantha Moreno, Sophie Netchaef, Andrew Price and Annika Thiems