Loud Bodies: Participation


Talking to a brick wall.
Meet at the gallery entrance at 12pm. Duration: 45 mins.

Artist and wall-fan Louise Ashcroft live-writes a fanfiction ode to the gallery’s exposed brickwork. With your help, charismatic cracks in centenarian cement construct a cast of characters as we explore the building.

Please RSVP for free via Eventbrite for the tour as spaces are limited.

Take the unpredictable trouble: A group poetry reading.
Starting time 3pm, duration of 40min.

Audience members are invited to activate the Shanzhai Lyric Open Archive in a group poetry reading. Through articulating the ‘new tongues’ and scrambled translations generated by digital and physical pathways of hyper-capitalism, this piece unpacks the slippery logic that troubles the cause and effect narratives of global production. Take the unpredictable trouble carves out space for collective appreciation of the poetic absurdities and absurd poetries written through the collision of unexpected words and worlds.

The Shanzhai Lyric is an inquiry into global logistics and linguistics through the prism of technological aberration and nonofficial cultures. Taking inspiration from the experimental text that often appears on counterfeit (shanzhai) clothing coming out of China and proliferating across the globe, the project looks specifically at how the language of counterfeit uses mimicry, hybridity, and permutation to both revel in and reveal the artifice of global fashion hierarchies.


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.

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