The event’s title references novelist and critic Samuel Delany’s Times Square Red, Times Square Blue and the adjacency of its two essays – the first mapping the displacement of a community which organised itself around sex and cinema, the second considering the varying qualities of social interaction within a niche group of cultural workers.
Inaugurating a period of study, 'Network + Contact' is borne of a desire to augment the existing arts and labour discourse with considerations on: intimacy, migration, workers’ rights, activism, culture, London, grief, film and performance, celebrity, friendship, collectives, boundaries.
By co-mingling examinations of dispossession and networking as it relates to class, (queer) sex, and labour (in the arts), the aim is to ruminate on questions of:
Why a paradigmatic understanding of historical movements might necessitate a study of the desires that circulated through those networks?
In what ways do the conditions of ones work life set parameters for the terms of one’s intimate exchanges?
How can the affects circulated within a group, unofficially, be traced within canonical studies of the work produced collectively by that group?