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do 22 nov

Agora Club 2 : Thrill Demeter!

19:00 — 2:00 • €7 / €10 / €15 / €22

The University of the Underground presents AGORA CLUB || : THRILL DEMETER.

Agora Club II: Thrill Demeter will bring together dining, discussions, performances, dancers, a vogue ball fashion parade and DJs to collectively perform and explore the act of transformation in an age reliant on extremities.

Hosted by board member of the University of the Underground American underground drag performer, emcee, filmmaker and actor – the one and only Peaches Christ with University of the Underground director Dr Nelly Ben Hayoun.

DJ SETS:

Ishmael Butler and Tendai “Baba” Maraire of Shabazz Palaces
the experimental hip-hop duo from Seattle perform a special one-off show.

Fay Milton of Savages
Drummer, Producer, DJ and organiser of club night ‘Too Many Man’

Otis Mensah
Spoken word rapper and Sheffield’s first appointed Poet Laureate

University of the Underground Students
And more to be announced soon…

TALKS, WORKSHOPS & PERFORMANCES:

Regine Debatty
Writer, curator, critic and founder of we-make-money-not-art

Yamuna Forzani
Queer activist, vogue ball organiser & fashion designer

Arne Hendriks
Bio-artist, designer and ½ creator of Amsterdam’s artist grown fatberg

David Wise
Composer and sound designer for the Donkey Kong video games

Daniela De Paulis
Artist & Researcher in SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence)

Marjolein Stappers
Designer and oyster shell archaeologist

Nahum
Musician, magician and astronomical conjurer

In the next edition of Agora Club – the party that performs the act of social dreaming – The University of the Underground will orchestrate another ludic investigation: this time, exploring collective fears. Agora Club II: Thrill Demeter will bring together dining, discussions, performances, dancers, a fashion parade and DJs to collectively perform and explore the act of transformation in an age reliant on extremities. Focusing on radical queer identities and underrepresented voices, Agora Club applies design experiences with cultural and philosophical debate to stage collective participatory performance parties like no other. From the survivalist strategies required to endure the Anthropocene to Silicon Valley space trips to Mars, the dreamers of the day and participants will have to negotiate futures fraught with fear. The production of nightmares will dominate the evening’s narration from monster politics to environmental catastrophe; the thrill of Demeter will be summoned on the night of 22nd November.

Some of the questions we will explore:

Is there a way to untangle the psychology of fear from the production of future imaginaries? Can horror and fear produce counter-narratives to navigate our night terrors and dream up contagious futures to sustain uncertain times?

The next event will include discussions, dancing, a Thanksgiving dinner, a number of special guests and a vogue fashion parade with a whole host of international artists and some of Amsterdam’s most exciting emerging talents.

All ticket sales to go towards the University of the Underground registered charity (RSIN 8575.82.781)