In the latest work from their collaborative studio practice; the swamp emerges as a particularly fertile space for exploring collectiveness for Laila Majid and Louis Blue Newby. "south florida sky", featuring hand-drawn animation from Alice Bloomfield, GAN animation made in collaboration with Elliot Elder, and sound design from Jennifer Walton, is a composite video work, captured on 16mm and digitally produced by Majid-Newby in 2022. The work reanimates a comic frame, paying homage to the hand-drawn context and providing a queered unraveling of the character. This process of disidentification portrays both the swamp and the body as a site of radical interconnectivity.
Drawing influence from queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz’s essential book Cruising Utopia, in which he models queerness as an inherently future-facing, utopian mode, Majid and Newby find slimy potency in the swamp as a site of relational intensity and exchange, in which everything slithers in and through everything else.
Presented by Xxijra Hii, London.
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