Under the umbrella of the Procreate Project, Oxytocin is an annual event about mothers and carers staged in a setting that uniquely melds a rich programme of performances and live art with discussion panels and workshops.
It creates a platform for critical art practices, maternal and feminist theories and health services.
The symposium highlights new ideas whereby infrastructures and creative programs can support and facilitate healthy families thus challenging attitudes towards motherhood, female sexuality, birth, depression and human rights.
For the Oxytocin's second edition, Procreate Project (PCP) enters into a collaboration with Birth Rites Collection (BRC) located at Guy’s Campus, King’s College, London (KCL), to deliver a performance programme responding to a curatorial theme questioning iconography, cultural connotations and stereotypes associated with the word ‘Mother/Mothering’ and how they effect LGBTQIA families.
The event is supported by Arts Council England and the Department of Midwifery, part of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care at King’s College London.
a one-day symposium and programme of performances and live art about women, carers, maternal health & gender
Image credits: And Then there were two by Sung-Im/Kathryn Enright @ Oxytocin 2017 Royal College of Art
The event sees one panel discussion on reproduction health curated by artist and midwife Laura Godfrey Isaacs, two lectures by Bracha Ettinger and Del LaGrace Volcano followed by a discussion panel and Q&A. This years curatorial approach will look to unpick urgent issues that are still hardly discussed and represented in public contexts. These include; gender and rights in reproductive and maternal health and reflections around the use of the word 'Mother' and its historical connotations. This will be initiated through an essential artistic dialogue between artists reclaiming this word and their role as ‘mothers’ in their art practises and public lives, and LGBTQIA parents who have refused to be recognised in those terms and pushing for other ways of self identification, expression and care.
The panels will host academics, health professionals and artists examining these subjects as well as start a discussion about sensitivity to the LGBTQIA and non-binary parents, research about gay and lesbian parents experiences of maternity services and also surrogacy. In addition we will look at issues for new mothers in how they find ‘motherhood’ framed as an institution and media narratives.
Publications from the LADA Live Art Development Agency study room, will be available for consultation on the day.
PERFORMANCES AND LIVE ART CONTRIBUTIONS
The artistic programme will re-stage existing performances responding to the curatorial theme in and around Guys Campus [See programme for details] and premier three newly commissioned works.
Mother and Child Machine by artist, researcher and architect Leni Dothan, who challenges the mother's role in Christian iconography and biblical narratives as they were depicted in Renaissance art. [Commissioned by Procreate Project]
'Giving Birth To Beauty by Himali Singh Soin. The work re-imagines the language of Diotima's speech in Plato's Symposium as one that proposes a non-dual, queer way of being. It enters into conversation with the Greek Urn from Keats' poem--a former surgeon at King's College--in order to labour away at a post-human thought process. What would the vessel think? How do we occupy the liminal even as the water breaks? [Commissioned by Birth Rites Collection]
' Maintaining the future' by Laura Yuile 'Once you care, you’re future is a new performance exploring the figure of the child as representative of “the future”, and the problems this representation poses for non-binary perspectives and those who cannot – or choose not to – reproduce.' [Commissioned by Birth Rites Collection]
* The three works will be acquired by Birth Rites Collection
All day 2019 Tickets £28 / £23 concession [fees apply)
Tickets for the 1 day event include panel discussions and lectues, programme of performances, workshops and special tours of the Birth rites Collection.
* If you cannot afford the tickets and would like to attend the event please get in touch with us at
ADDRESS: King's College London - Guy's Campus | New Hun't House | SE1 1UL London |