Danielle Braithwaite-Shirley: Speaking Through Plastic

20 August, 2020
– 20 August, 2020

HERVISIONS at LUX will be hosting Danielle Braithwaite-Shirley’s walkthrough of their interactive game Speaking Through Plastic (2020) which revives and archives untold stories of Black Trans bodies in the pandemic.
Speaking Through Plastic (2020) is a game that follows the quarantining of Black Trans bodies after all Black Trans people in history have been resurrected. It is seen as a pandemic, and whilst they are interrogated behind closed doors protest rage outside in defence of their freedom. There are those that are willing to risk their own lives for the future of others.
Join us on 20 August at 7pm for a walkthrough guided by Danielle Braithwaite-Shirley and streamed on LUX YouTube Channel. Register via Eventbrite to receive a link to join the event online.
Speaking Through Plastic marks the penultimate of OUT of TOUCH Part 3, a series of events and performances evolved to reinvent the new vocabulary of touch in the post-touch world. Through a constellation of femme-focused dialogues, OUT of TOUCH by HERVISIONS probes ways in which screen-based dialogues remediate the lack of touching in the absence of physical connection.

A computer generated tunnel made by walls of cave-like patterns. The caption in the middle write, ‘You are under the earth… a voice from the dark calls you’.
Speaking Through Plastic, Danielle Braithwaite-Shirley, 2020

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley is an artist working predominantly in animation, sound, performance and Video Games to communicate the experiences of being a Black Trans person. Their practice focuses on recording the lives of Black Trans people, intertwining lived experience with fiction to imaginatively retell Trans stories. Spurred on by a desire to record “History of Trans people both living and past” their work can often be seen as a Trans archive where Black Trans people are stored for the future. Throughout history, Black queer and Trans people have been erased from the archives. Because of this it is necessary not only to archive our existence, but also the many creative narratives we have used and continue to use to share our experiences.
Danielle’s work has been shown in Science Gallery, the Barbican, Tate, Les Urbains as well as being part of the BBZ Alternative Graduate Show at the Copeland Gallery. An online component of their work can often be found at daniellebrathwaiteshirley.com



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