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panel talk convened by VestAndPage, with Chinasa Vivian Ezugha, Nathalie Anugezomo Mba Bikoro, Benjamin Sebastian and Marcel Sparrmann
25th September 2021

Mythic Time

residential workshop with VestAndPage, FUTURERITUAL
20th to 25th September 2021


I understand my works as acts of mythopoesis, as process driven embodiments of different ways of being in other possible worlds. I think of art-making as technology of divination, a way to vision, prophecy or fiction [other] [queer] futurities.

artist statement  // cv

Joseph Morgan Schofield (b. 1993, Rochdale, UK) is an artist working with performance, moving image and expanded forms of writing. Articulating their practice as ‘queer ritual action’, their work is broadly concerned with desire, particularly in relation to ecology and queer futurity. This queer ritual action foregrounds the immediacy of the sweating, wanting, sensate non-binary body. Understanding art-making as a technology of divination, they consider their work to be a tool for the creation of contemporary myth; a site for the work of mourning, yearning, processing and communing.

Understanding acts of gathering and communing as central to their practice, Joseph’s work incorporates curating, producing, facilitating, mentoring and teaching. Joseph organises FUTURERITUAL, a performance and research project considering ritual and queer futurity, and co-produces move close, with Es Morgan and Sara Sassanelli. They are a co-founder and facilitator of The Sunday Skool for Misfits, Exprimenters and Dissenters, with Martin O’Brien and Shabnam Shabazi, and Live Art Club [London], with Phoebe Patey-Ferguson, Nicol Parkinson, Rachel Gammon and An* Neely.  

With Benjamin Sebastian, Joseph is the co-founder and co-director of VSSL studio (London, UK) and the assistant director of ]performance s p a c e[ (Folkestone, UK). Joseph is a member of Chisenhale Dance Space (London, UK) and of the Anam Cara collective (International), and they are a frequent collaborator of Venice International Performance Art Week (Italy).  Joseph manages Artist Development for the Live Art Development Agency.

Joseph has performed and exhibited throughout the UK – including at Chisenhale Studios, Tempting Failure, Arnolfini, Camden People’s Theatre and ]performance s p a c e[ - and Europe - including Venice International Performance Art Week. As a collaborator and performer, Joseph has worked with and for Es Morgan, Sara Sassanelli, Fenia Kotsopoulou, John King, Kate Stonestreet, VestAndPage, Benjamin Sebastian, Martin O’Brien, Nat Norland, hancock and kelly live, David Hoyle, Neil Bartlett, and Zack McGuinness.

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