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Rituals and Storytelling for Collective Care with Rieko Whitfield


How can speculative mythologies decenter historical trajectories of Eurocentric colonialism and capitalist individualism? How can we leverage radical care and beyond-human collectivism in prototyping better futures?

Japanese-American multidisciplinary artist Rieko Whitfield will dive into these questions surrounding her world-building and community-building practices, and explain how the supernatural rituals of noh – a traditional form of Japanese opera – inspired her current project, “Regenesis: An Opera Tentacular.”

The artist talk will be followed by an informal Q&A session.


Rieko Whitfield is a London-based, Japanese-American multidisciplinary artist working across interactive installation, video, performance, sound, and text. Her interests center on speculative mythologies through lived experience, and rituals of radical collective care. She often collaborates in her practices both as an artist and as a curator, and has worked with institutions such as the Wellcome Collection in London and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. She previously studied at the American University of Paris and Central Saint Martins, and is currently an MA student at the Royal College of Art.


This event is a part of the Care, Custodianship & Collectivity online talks programme organised by NN Contemporary Art, Northampton.


Access Notes

In light of the current COVID-19 restrictions, the event will happen on Zoom – a link will be emailed to attendees. This event will be live captioned and transcription will be available afterwards. The event will be recorded for archival purposes. For help with how to set up Zoom and accessibility enquiries, email [email protected].