Within the programme Juicy Refuge: spaces to hide and spaces to shine singer and disability activist Mira Thompson and curator and death companion Staci Bu Shea sext/fantasize about entering the Rietveld Academie together.
Mira Thompson is a singer/songwriter, teacher and researcher. Her music choices are ones which contain a narrative and sometimes have a strong visual component. The aspect of language is especially important to her music. She is interested in the effect of sound on the listener. For example, she has even used the sounds of her wheelchair in her music. As a researcher, Mira also writes on the subjects of disability issues and disability justice. As a teacher she seeks to combine her background in singing with topics such as accessibility in the arts, intersectionality and disability justice.
Staci Bu Shea is a curator, writer, and death companion based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Broadly, Bu Shea focuses on aesthetic and poetic practices of social reproduction and care work, as well as its manifestations in interpersonal relationships and daily life, community organizing and institutional practice. Their long-term, transdisciplinary project Dying Livingly looks at the architecture and communal life of hospice and highlights emergent cultures of end of life care. Bu Shea was curator at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons (Utrecht, 2017-2022). With Carmel Curtis, they co-curated Barbara Hammer: Evidentiary Bodies at Leslie Lohman Museum of Art (New York City, 2017).
Juicy Refuge: spaces to hide and spaces to shine was hosted by Bebe Berat Bebek and curated by Simon(e) van Saarloos for Studium Generale Rietveld Academie 2023.