Queer Ecologies: Microbe Disco

As part of Electric Dreams Online, The Queer Ecologies collective invites you to join us for a multi-species, multi-generational and intersectional virtual disco! Come meet your companion species, move with algae, moss, grass, skin, bark, poetry and other rhythmic delights under the microscope. When so many of us are isolated, rageful and grieving, spaces like this which hold joy, connection, interdependency and grief are vital. We hold the painful contradictions of standing with and for the non-human in the face of climate colonialism, reclaiming the right of BIPOC to do so without being dehumanised by white supremacy. We resist heteropatriarchal and ableist ideas that who we are is unnatural and lean into our divergent deliciousness. As a gender-queer and Black queer collective, we believe in the importance of learning from alter-life how to do joy, how to do pleasure, how to do interdependence, how to dance. Now more than ever, we declare that we belong. This in/visible disco begins at the centre of a hot compost pile, where bacteria, and amoeba jiggle and twist with one another, digesting waste materials, making vibrations and busting moves. As things get moving, other creatures arrive, including worms, woodlice, rotifers, arthropods and humans: ie YOU! For this Microbe Disco we’re joined by the incredible Victoria Sin, headlining the night with sounds, words and wiggles… Book your ticket in advance to receive a digital party bag, and visit us here ahead of the disco to work on your dance routines, share song requests, outfit ideas and love letters to worms. About the artist: Queer Ecologies is a collaboration between speculative writer, artist and pleasure activist Ama Josephine Budge; writer, performer and nature connection facilitator Linden K McMahon and community gardener/compostist Hari Byles. This is an interdisciplinary intervention into how we live, grow, love, make kin and stand in allyship with the non-human. Queer Ecologies tells new stories about nature and our connection to it, empowering interspecies collaborations, and honouring the inherently queer patterns and relations found throughout nature.

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