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Counterpoint: When I am thrown against a sharp white background

Radar workshop led by SERAFINE1369 and Kopano Maroga

SERAFINE1369 (Jamila Johnson-Small) and Kopano Maroga lead a Radar workshop on articulating your artistic practice

Writing about and articulating your own practice(s) can be a fraught and often solitary process. In this workshop we propose questions that can act as counterpoints to support your thinking and feeling around what it is that you do and why it is that you do it.

The workshops comprises of two components:

  1. a self-reflexive immersion in a series of questions offered as pre-recorded readings
  2. followed by a debrief session facilitated by SERAFINE1369 (Jamila Johnson-Small) and Kopano Maroga for conversation and collective reflections. Prompts for moving thinking, sensing and articulating positions and resetting artistic intentions.

Photo by Katinka Bester

Kopano Maroga (they/them) is a performance artist, writer, cultural worker and co-founding director of the arts organization ANY BODY ZINE. They are currently living in Brussels, Belgium and working as a curator and guest-dramaturge at Kunstencentrum Vooruit in Ghent, Belgium.

Their debut anthology of poetry, Jesus Thesis and Other Critical Fabulations, was released through uHlanga press in December of 2020. They don’t believe love will save us but very much believe in the power of love as a weapon of mass construction.

@kopano.maroga | @KopanoMaroga

Photo by Katarzyna Perlak

SERAFINE1369 (they/them), previously Last Yearz Interesting Negro, is the London based artist and dancer Jamila Johnson-(they/them/she/her). SERAFINE1369 works with dancing as a philosophical undertaking, a political project with ethical psycho-spiritual ramifications for being-in-the-world; dancing as intimate technology.

SERAFINE1369 has a relational, cumulative and often collaborative practice, gathering and transmitting information through working in various constellations, at different scales and in different roles to build spaces for communing/attuning/communicating through dancing, performance, listening and conversation; spaces that might hold the complex, multiple and contradictory, spaces that consider movement and transformation as inevitable, working to be unsettling situations of non-dominance.


This workshop is supported by The National Lottery Community Fund.

The National Lottery Community Fund in black

  • Closed captions will be provided with
  • BSL interpretation is available on request. When you book, book a ‘BSL user’ ticket so we know if BSL is required, please allow two weeks’ notice of booking so we can arrange this.
  • The event takes place on Zoom. We recommend that you download Zoom on to your device prior to the event. Please see this easy read guide to Zoom put together by our friends Access All Areas.
  • We will have a guardian in the online workshop at all times, so if you ever feel unwell or unsafe, they will be able to support you.
  • Please email if you have any further access requests

Date and time

9 June 2021
Participants will receive the first component (self-reflective immersion, received as audio files) on 8 June.
The second component (the online workshop) is on 9 June, 6:30-8:30pm.

Please note
This is now a past event.