DESCRIPTION: Join us for a workshop on student activism with Trans South Asian performance-art duo DarkMatter, featuring Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian. Drawing from their experience working on campaigns for gender justice, anti-militarism, racial and economic justice, and environmental justice, DarkMatter will present a workshop focused on skill-building and theoretical frameworks for student activism. Taking an intersectional approach to issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality, they will explore how the university system keeps us reading rather than revolting. The workshop will also look at the ways universities can generate apathy and inaction, and how the university can instead be used to help promote social movements.
Based in New York City, DarkMatter is a pair of self-described “radical, freaky queers of color who are not proud in the ways that the white gay establishment wants us to be.” DarkMatter regularly performs to sold-out houses at venues such as La MaMa Experimental Theatre, The Brooklyn Museum, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. They were recently part of the Public Theater’s Under the Radar festival, Lincoln Center’s La Casita festival, and the Queer International Arts Festival.