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REIMAGINING TRADITION: Blood Magik/Birth Herstories
October 19 @ 12:00 pm - October 21 @ 3:00 pmFree
Ultracultural Others presents Blood Magik/Birth Stories as part of Reimagining Tradition, a series of site-specific projects throughout NYC.
Thursday October 19th, 12-7pm
BLOOD MAGIK: A Red Tent
FEATURED ARTISTS: Ximena Balmori, Yannah Paradise & More
LOCATION: Ultracultural Others Urban Mystery Skool
Female-identified folks only please
Space is Limited R.S.V.P. to [email protected]
Birth Hestories rehearsal
Friday time TBA (afternoon)
TriBeCa Loft space
Saturday Oct 21st 12-3pm
A Rebirth Ritual, Speak-out & Soundscape
FEATURED ARTISTS: Undakova & Or Nah with Bailey Rollins of Moonstone Babies
With Support from Ancient Song Doula Services
LOCATION: East River Park Labyrinth
Free and open to the Public
ULTRACULTURAL OTHERS is an intentional community and urban mystery skool, directed by Katie Cercone and David Williams—joined here by collaborator Akhet n Baset. Their work, Blood Magik/Birth Stories, seeks to re-establish a reverence for women’s ancient wisdom and power. Based loosely on the “Red Tent,” where pre-biblical women spent time in isolation together during their period, ULTRACULTURAL OTHERS will create a women’s moon lodge in a New York City park. The lodge will create a space for healthy socialization and directed ritual between female-bodied persons, cementing intergenerational bonds amidst women and recognizing femaleness as a potent source of nurturance, presence, life-giving, and death-wielding power. A final day of events will include a gender-inclusive sharing of birth stories, intended to counterbalance what the collaborators describe as the “extreme medicalization and corporatization of birth.”
Reimagining Tradition is a program developed by Open Source Gallery to highlight intersections between socially engaged art and ritual practice through a series of site-specific projects by New York City-based artists. Pieces in Reimagining Tradition defy the constraints of traditional gallery exhibitions and blur modern distinctions between art and the sacred. Artists in the program include: Leigh Davis, Erin Ellen Kelly, James Leonard, Jasmine Murrell, Nia I’man Smith, Ultracultural Others
Katie Cercone’s exhibition record includes the Brooklyn Museum, Dallas Contemporary, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her critical writing has been featured in many publications including White Hot, Bitch Magazine, Utne Reader, and The Brooklyn Rail. She is co-founder and active member of the queer, transnational feminist collective, Go! Push Pops, and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for the U.S.-Japan Exchange Program in Tokyo.
David Williams is an established DJ who has worked for over 20 years under the pseudonym UNDAKOVA. Described as an urban monk and sound healer, he has pioneered the fusion of yoga and hip-hop, most recently creating a curriculum for inner city youth.
Akhet n Baset is a Spiritual Birth and Postpartum Doula specializing in spiritual midwifery, and infuses different esoteric healing modalities from conception through postpartum. She has a Masters in Infancy and Early Childhood Education.
This program is made possible through support from the Joseph Robert Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.