📍 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Agora Club II: Thrill Demeter will bring together dining, discussions, performances, dancers, a fashion parade and DJs to collectively perform and explore the act of transformation in an age reliant on extremities. Focusing on radical queer identities and underrepresented voices, Agora Club applies design experiences with cultural and philosophical debate to stage collective participatory performance parties like no other. From the survivalist strategies required to endure the Anthropocene to Silicon Valley space trips to mars, the dreamers of the day and participants will have to negotiate futures fraught with fear. The production of nightmares will dominate the evening’s narration from monster politics to environmental catastrophe.
Some of the questions we will explore:
Is there a way to untangle the psychology of fear from the production of future imaginaries? Can horror and fear produce counter narratives to navigate our night terrors and dream up contagious futures to sustain uncertain times?
The next event will include discussions, dancing, a thanksgiving dinner, a number of special guests and a vogue fashion parade with a whole host of international artists and some of Amsterdam’s most exciting emerging talents.
All ticket sales to go towards the University of the Underground registered charity (RSIN 8575.82.781)
19:00 - 20:00 ACT 1 FIRST FRUITS (Homo Faber Eats)
You are invited to dine with the artists at the University of the Underground to taste extraordinary gastronomic delights from some of the leading designers in food and culinary experiences. First Fruits (Homo Faber Eats) is an exploration of the Thanksgiving dinner as a ritual and ceremony. Food will be served and shared between artists and guests during a panel discussion hosted by the drag queen Peaches Christ and Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun.
20:00 - 20:30 ACT 2: THOUGHT DEVIANT (Homo Faber Thinks)
Take part in workshops and performances ranging from magic, mind control, political espionage, mask making and camouflage.
Nahum Musician, magician and astronomical conjurer
Otis Mensah Spoken word rapper and Sheffield’s first appointed poet Laureate
More acts to be announced
20:30 - 21:30 ACT 3: EXIT STRATEGIES (Bye Bye Homo Sapiens)
What are our Modern day fears, monsters and apocalypse and how does the incomprehensible rise to the surface? Cultivating new life forms in other galaxies or building seastead islands to house the population of the near future. How do politicians, architects and government officials plan for extreme conditions and emergency futures? What actions should we take to navigate emergency futures? What do we need to collectively overcome such disaster narratives and transform into a better future.
Panelists include -
Arne Hendricks Bio-artist, designer and ½ creator of Amsterdam’s artist grown fatberg
Daniela De Paulis Artist & Researcher at SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence)
David Wise Donkey Kong soundtrack composer
Regine Debatty Writer, curator, critic and founder of We Make Money Not Art
22:00 - 22:30 ACT 4: BIZARRE BALL (Homo Faber Fashion)
A participatory vogue Ball based on wearing your fears,queer activist Yamuna Forzani will be leading a drop-in workshop providing the materials to design your own garments to wear for the end of the world. A Bizarre Ball is a unique voguing category invented by Yamuna that encourages anyone to ‘walk’ and brings ballroom culture into new different cultural spaces and environments.
22:30 - 02:00 ACT 5: THRILL DEMETER (Homo Faber Futures)
Shabazz Palaces Experimental hip hop duo from Seattle perform a special one off show
Fay Milton Drummer, Producer, DJ and organiser of club night ‘Too Many Man’
6 Jan van Galenstraat
1051 KM Amsterdam, Amsterdam