Interference, Absurdity, Performance, and Political Change: A Workshop Series

Thursdays 7-9pm, September 27-October 18
Please email for the location of our October 11 workshop
Why does a penguin crack its own eggs to view the poetry inside? Why does a spoon howl? Why follow a map of saliva to find a missing child? Why does a part-deer, part-peacock, part-human creature get given free curry? Why do clowns and bears and eyeballs and watering cans all dance together? And how are all these actions political?
Over the course of 4 workshops, we will explore these questions and more.
In this series of (no)work(no)shops, we will collectively discuss ‘the absurd’, how this intersects with political action and performance, and how this relates to the specific context of New York City in 2018. Drawing from a selection of readings and materials from Interference Archive, we will learn about historical and contemporary absurdist/anarchist/dadaist/ni hilist/(t)errorist political performance. Following these explorations, we will build new transgressive, anti-normative characters and creatures and conspire in the creation of new performances and disruptions.
No experience of anything at all is necessary. All welcome. Participation is absolutely free, just like the ongoing pursuit of total poetic liberation. Please send your RSVP or questions to
Sessions will be facilitated by Huge Sillytoe, an artist/activist/anthropologist from the Durham, Northeast England, currently based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and with years of experience as a street performer and academic researcher of absurdist political performance across Europe, Latin America, and the U.S.A.
[Note: the location for this workshop on October 11 is TBD, because Interference Archive will be busting out with this great new exhibition opening.]
This event is part of a project that is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).