Subtex#1 explores the ideas behind Season 2015’s first chapter – Body // Language.
An ideas series co-presented with The Wheeler Centre
Language demands that we put things in neat, normalised categories. Words like ‘fat’ become shorthand for unattractive or lazy. Labels like ‘black’ or ‘Asian’ are applied to people who may identify simply as Australian. Presumptions about sexuality and gender are often based purely on outward appearance.
But bodies resist being pigeonholed by language. Words don’t neatly define who we are: identities are usually messier, more complex – and ultimately, more interesting – than a snap judgement based on what our bodies communicate.
We’ll look at what the body can realistically tell us about identity, what we can’t assume – and the space in between. We’ll open a space for all different kinds of bodies – fat bodies, fit bodies, old bodies, diasporic bodies, even absent bodies – to communicate their true identities.
Join us to chew the fat and get the skinny on bodies, language and communication, in an event that mirrors Malthouse Theatre’s first chapter of Season 2015, Body//Language.
Featuring Clementine Ford (moderator), Alice Pung, Kelli Jean Drinkwater and Karina Quinn
WHEN: Monday 2nd March, 7pm
WHERE: The Coopers Malthouse, Merlin Theatre
PRICES: General admission / $10 | Members / Free | Subscribers / Free | Free