DE-PRODUCTION – Queer inhumanisms & somapolitical family fictions
Emma Wolf-Haugh will develop new work across two years of research. DE-PRODUCTION – Queer inhumanisms & somapolitical family fictions is a research project about alienated working class family assemblages, their post-colonial inscriptions and resistances. Working with the feminist practice of autotheory and the queering of popular science fiction, the project engages performance as a knowledge making practice. Performative environments where dissident corporeality, outsider archiving, and temporary collectivity coalesce are central to the proposed research methodologies. The project calls for a de-production of Western capitalist, heteropatriarchial and neo-colonial family structures.
Wolf-Haugh’s work is shaped by economic necessity, engaging forms of recycling, thrift and ephemera that result in soft modularity, wild archiving, and performative intervention, posing questions about value, accumulation, and authorship. They see a cultural centring of thrift as part of a tradition of queer-working class vernacular and ethics, promiscuous and adept at working within limitations. Their pedagogical and publishing work posits the imagination as a political tool with radical potential that can exist and erupt anywhere and at any time. In their work, forms of temporary collectivity are often generated collaboratively, intent on the erotic and energetic capacity of brief encounter. Emma’s work occupies many different sites, spaces and relations including: exhibition, performance, filmmaking, publishing, writing, disruptive pedagogy, friendship and solidarity.
Emma Wolf-Haugh has developed a trilogy of works since 2014 dealing with sexuality and space. The Re-appropriation of Sensuality, Sex in Public, and Domestic Optimism have been exhibited in various iterations at: Bärenzwinger Berlin (2022), Project Arts Centre Dublin (2021), Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (2021), Grazer Kunstverein, Graz (2020), Survival Kit Festival, Riga (2020), Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) (2019), Den Frie Center of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2019), Galway Arts Centre (2018), neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK), Berlin (2018), Scriptings, Berlin (2016), Archive Kabinet, Berlin (2017), NCAD Gallery, Dublin (2015), among others. Emma is co-founder of The Many Headed-Hydra (TMHH), an aqueous-decolonising collective launched in 2015 that has since been working on long term critical and polyvocal projects across the seas that connect Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Iceland, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania and beyond. In 2013 Emma initiated The Reading Troupe – Disruptive Pedagogy workshop and instant publishing series as an itinerant, group-based, research tool. Engagements include: Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam (2022), Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2021), National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2020), Colomboscope Festival, Colombo (2019), CCA Glasgow (2019), Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2018), Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne (2018), Gasworks, London (2017), Klöntal Triennale, Glarus (2017), Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna (2017), Universität der Künste, Berlin (2017), IADT Dún Laoghaire, Dublin (2017). Emma’s commissioned writing has appeared in: Scores for Daily Living, K. Verlag (2020), Language is Skin: Scripts for Performances, Archive Books (2018). They are the editor of the anthology Having A KiKi: Queer Desire & Public Space, published by PVA (2016), and co-editor of RITUALS, published by The Many Headed Hydra, Archive Books and Zubaan Books (2022). A monograph of Emma’s artist writing and performance scripts will be published by Scriptings Berlin and Archive Books Berlin/Milan (supported with funding from the Berlin Senate) as part of the Political Scenarios series (2022). Emma was awarded the IMMA 1000 Residency by the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) (2019/2020). Their work is held in the permanent collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and The Arts Council of Ireland.