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9-11.5.2019, Palazzo Dona Brusa, Venezia

Dear beings and peoples of the global east, dear trans-socialists, we invite you to our Venetian Palace of Ritual (a.k.a. the Palace of the Perverted Vertical)


Have we resigned ourselves to the inevitability of power's unbreakable and eternal verticality?

No! In fact, we have been busy scheming with comrades Arts Territory, Avenir Institute and the Post-Asian School of Alternative Rites to cobble together a multi- pronged programme of palatial Venetian perversions.

🍌The PALACE of RITUAL🌶 Palazzo Donà Brusa, Camp San Polo, Venice, May 9th-11th, 2pm-6pm

Unofficially referred to by some of its courtiers as the Palace of the Perverted Vertical, the Palace of Ritual will open its doors on Thursday 9th May. Please join us on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, between 2pm-6pm, for an intense programme of not only perverted and palatial but also ritualistic and ameliorative performances, screenings and symposia; featuring, among many others Jasmina Cibic, Isadorino Gore, Enam Gbewonyo, Florence Keith-Roach, Alena Ledeneva, Karolina Łebek, Lynn Lu, Maria Mileeva, Nissa Nishikawa, Jeanne Pansard-Besson, Sabina Sallis, Sarah Wilson, Zorka Wollny, Khadija Von Zinnenburg Carroll and Mengting Zhuo

Curated by Annie Jael Kwan, Denis Maksimov, Michał Murawski and Kasia Sobucka.

Made possible thanks to the support and partnership of UCL SSEES, The FRINGE Centre for the Study of Social and Cultural Complexity, the UCL Institute for Advanced Studies, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Istituto Polacco in Rome.

The full programme of the Palace of Ritual is available on the website of Arts Territory.

Full video and audio documentation will be available shortly. 


Updated: Jun 2, 2019

1.3.2019, UCL SSEES. Room 433. 1pm-3pm.

Tactics and Strategies Workshop: Winding Ways Towards a Power Horizontal

With special guest Karol Radziszewski

The convenors of Perverting the Power Vertical invite you to join a roundtable discussion with fellow researchers, activists, artists, theorists, designers and other practitioners. We will brainstorm strategies for perverting power, questioning the legitimacy of the political order and resisting the enforced organicism of homogeneity in politics, culture and society at large. The discussion will serve the function of being an outset for ideas and inquiries that will play a role in forming agenda of PPV.

Updated: Jul 5, 2019

Thursday 28th February, 6.30pm-8pm. Mimosa House, 12 Princes Street, Hanover Square, London W1B 2LL.

(Other) Ways to Pervert the Power Vertical

Karol Radziszewski in conversation with Raju Rage


Unedited audio of presentations available here. Please scroll down for photographs.


Karol Radziszewski and Raju Rage will think about how their artistic, activist (and archivist) practice has attempted to pervert the Power Vertical.

How does the Power Vertical manifest itself, in their experience, in the realms of race, gender, politics, economics and aesthetics? And what tactics have they tried out to pervert the way of the Power Vertical?

Warsaw-based artist Karol Radziszewski (b. 1980) is founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of DIK Fagazine, the first and the only artistic magazine from Central and Eastern Europe concentrated on homosexuality and various shades of masculinity. He is also founder the Queer Archives Institute (QAI), a non-profit artist-run organisation dedicated to research, collection, digitalisation, presentation, exhibition, analysis and artistic interpretation of queer archives, with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe. Both are long term projects interconnected through the common agenda of making historical and present queerness visible and documented.

Raju Rage (b. 1978, Kenya) lives and works in London. Their work focuses on techniques of resistance. They are concerned with bridging the gap between dis/connected bodies, theory and practice. Raju’s ongoing table-top artwork Under/Valued Energetic Economy (a term inspired by Alexis Pauline Gumbs) is an installation and work in progress featured at "Do you keep thinking there must be another way" which maps out the tangled ecology between "activism", "arts" and "academia". Presented on a trestle table top with objects and artefacts that references their interest in kitchen-table conversations and the knowledges that are produced by them, the work highlights informal strategies of organising, creativity and collectivity as valuable. It also explores alternative archiving of his/her/their stories.


This event is part of Mimosa House's current exhibition, "Do you keep thinking there must be another way" with Georgia Horgan, Lee Lozano, Howardena Pindell, Polvo de Gallina Negra, Raju Rage, Georgia Sagri and Emma Talbot. "Do you keep thinking there must be another way" is a group exhibition that addresses strategies of representation, resistance and withdrawal. Including installation, painting, performance, text and video, the exhibition considers behaviours towards and in opposition to presiding power structures. "Do you keep thinking there must be another way" is curated by Cicely Farrer, Daria Khan and Jessica Vaughan. Generously supported by Arts Council England and Creative Scotland.




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