MICE Magazine symposium: GHOST INTIMACIES

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Innis Town Hall

2 Sussex Avenue

Toronto, ON M5S 1J5


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Guest editors Sophie Le-Phat Ho and Ronald Rose-Antoinette developed the theme of Ghost Intimacies for MICE Magazine's issue 03. Their proposition begins with the question: What are the techniques, ritual practices and hauntologies for unsilencing the ghosts and critiquing the ways racism, ableism, patriarchy, transphobia and homophobia alienate us from their and our stories?

This question became the starting point for the MICE Symposium on Ghost Intimacies. We are proud to present contributors from Issue 03 in a one day symposium, with our afternoon keynote by Miami-based interdisciplinary artist Jamilah Sabur as well as panelists Lindsay Nixon, Phoebe Heintzman Hope, Dayna Danger, Kai Cheng Thom, Fan Wu, Annie Wong, Nazik Dakkach, Sophie Le-Phat Ho and Ronald Rose-Antoinette

The event will be free and fully accessible and is co-sponsored by Innis Town Hall.

Full schedule below.

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This event is generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council.

Full-day schedule (updated October 18):

1PM – 2:45PM

Introductions &

Panel 1: Post Apocalyptic Kin: Surviving Scarcity, Lateral Violence and Exhaustion By Taking Care of Each Other

Resoundingly, we are a generation of cultural workers and creators who are exhausted: exhausted by the emotional labour that is expected of us, exhausted by predatory and harassing behaviours from men in our fields, and exhausted by colonial scarcity-driven complexes that corrode our work and relations with one another. In Montreal, past and current residents have relied on queer creative kinship where identity politics have failed them, enacting care, reciprocity, and the valuing of chosen family--values we carry forward both from our blood and queer ancestors.

Phoebe Heintzman Hope is a performer, researcher and facilitation artist based in Tio'tia:ke, Montreal. Their work is trauma informed and play based. Over the past fve years, they have cultivated a pedagogy under the name Womb Cxre that centers creating an internal dialogue with ones own body and ancestry. Dancing between Tio'tia:ke, Unceded Coast Salish Territory and Berlin, their practice involves co-creating alternative economies and community-based structures of radical tenderness and care.

Dayna Danger is a 2Spirit/Queer, Metis/Saulteaux/Polish visual artist raised in so called Winnipeg, MB. Using photography, sculpture, performance and video, Dayna Danger‘s practice questions the line between empowerment and objectification by claiming space with her larger than life scale work. Danger’s current use of BDSM and beading leather fetish masks explores the complicated dynamics of sexuality, gender, and power in a consensual and feminist manner. Danger is currently based in Tio'tia:ke and currently serves as a board member for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC/CCA).

KAI CHENG THOM aka LADY SIN TRAYDA is a fiery writer, performer, spoken word artist and drag-dance sensation. Her first novel, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir was recently published by Metonymy Press, and her first full-length poetry collection is due from Arsenal Pulp Press in April 2017. She has also completed the Spoken Word Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts and the ARISE Residency at Eventual Ashes Theatre and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Kai Cheng has been widely published as an essayist and poet.

Moderator and Panel Organizer:

Lindsay Nixon is a Cree-Métis-Saulteaux curator, editor, award nominated writer and self-loathing art history grad student. They currently hold the position of Indigenous Editor at Large for Canadian Art, and are the editor of mâmawi­-âcimowak, an independent art, art criticism and literature journal. Nixon’s writing has appeared in Malahat Review, Room, GUTS, Mice, esse, The Inuit Art Quarterly and other publications. Their forthcoming creative non-fiction collection, tentatively titled nîtisânak, is to be released in spring 2018 through Metonymy Press. Nixon currently resides in Tio’tia:ke/Mooniyaang, unceded Haudenosaunee and Anishinabe territories (Montreal, QC), where they co-founded the Black Indigenous Harm Reduction Alliance and Critical Sass Press.

3PM – 4PM

Afternoon keynote

Memory, territorialization and mass relocation: an artist talk with Jamilah Sabur

Jamilah Sabur is an artist working across various disciplines including performance, video, and installation. Sabur was born in Saint Andrew, Jamaica and received her MFA in Visual Arts from University of California San Diego in 2014 and her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Interdisciplinary Sculpture in 2009. She is interested in embodied cognition, social mimicry, dissonance, ritual, and the uncanny. Recent exhibition and screening venues include Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL; History Miami; Los Angles Film Forum; (S8) Mostra de Cinema Periférico, A Coruña,Galicia, Spain; Busan Corner Theater, Busan, South Korea. Sabur lives and works in Miami, FL.

4:15 – 6PM

Panel 2: Ghost Intimacies

Followed by Closing Remarks

This panel offers a communal space to unpack the complexity of haunting as a decolonial methodology. We seek to address the social poiesis of queer gatherings, fugitive reunions, or ancestral connections against the imposition of individuation. We’re interested in how intimacy blurs with joy, memory, and survival. It is an attempt at materializing the feeling of ghost intimacies or a knowledge of another kind, thriving in non-linear time.


Born in Casablanca, Nazik Dakkach currently lives in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal) where she is an MA candidate in Art History at Université du Québec à Montréal. Her research mobilizes hauntological study and examines the western canon in an attempt to reach safe places for decolonial art historical discourse. Nazik is a member of articule's Board of Directors in addition to holding the position of Exhibitions and Communications Manager at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art. She is also an independent curator and pursues an art practice within the transdisciplinary collective Artivistic.

Annie Wong is a multidisciplinary artist, arts educator, and writer. Wong uses various platforms of participation and social engagement to explore the intersections of the poetic and political in everyday life. Through her practice Wong aims to reimagine performance, installation, poetry, and other media to create new aesthetic experiences that engage communities, histories, and emergent publics. Wong has been presented by The Art Gallery of Ontario, Nuit Blanche (Toronto), Intersite: Visual Arts Festival (Calgary), Third Space (Saint John), and The Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre. She holds a BA in English Literature and an MA in Communication and Culture from York University.

Fan Wu is the hither-and-thither wastrel of a sunlit insomnia. His work has been published in Arc, C Magazine, Carousel, Prefix Photo, and 4 Poets. He runs a series of creative writing / critical reading workshops at Art Metropole; previous themes include translation and mourning. Contact him for collaboration or companionship at


Sophie Le-Phat Ho is a cultural organizer who grew up in Tiohtià:ke / Montreal and its suburbs. For the past decade, her work has been about experimenting with tactics for fostering intersectional solidarities through anti-racist feminist organizing, publishing and curating. On top of having served as Artistic Director of The HTMlles Festival, she has worked at Studio XX as Programming Coordinator and Editor-in-Chief of .dpi. Her individual and collaborative writings have been published in Vague Terrain, esse arts + opinions, Inter art actuel, ETC, livedspace, Le Merle, among others. She has also served as Guest Editor for FUSE and No More Potlucks. She is the cofounder of Artivistic and is currently Outreach Coordinator at articule.

Ronald Rose-Antoinette is a doctoral candidate in philosophy interested in moving images practices and is one of the editors of Inflexions, an online journal published by the SenseLab, and the co-editor of the Immediations book series at Open Humanities Press. He recently contributed to an edited volume on Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul entitled Nocturnal Fabulations: Ecology, Opacity and Vitality in Apichaptong Weerasethakul’s Cinema (OHP). His work explores the intricate relationship between blackness, errantry, quantum physics, and ante-history. He lives in Montreal.

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