Winter Solstice
21 December, 19.00 - 22.00
Proefpark de Punt, Puntstraat/Hudsonstraat, Rotterdam.
The 21st of December is the shortest day of the year, where the sun is at its lowest point. On this day, we are celebrating the return of the light and the winter solstice. In the natural surroundings of the Proefpark de Punt, we explore local mythologies, the supernatural, and the body as a prism for new modes of thinking.
The evening begins with a lecture by Urban Witch Amanda Wams, who discusses the love affair between the God of the Maas and the Rotte River Nymph. Illustrated by seventeenth-century prints, she addresses how typical Rotterdam values are rooted in local mythologies. (Dutch spoken – English handout provided).

The evening culminates with a new work by Eothen Stearn, SHEE-LA-NA-GIG, a performative lecture incorporating image, music, and text and taking influences from Denise Diderot, Jean Genet, vagina loquens folklore, and experimental 1970’s porn.

SHEE-LA-NA-GIG involves a ventriloquized act that questions who gets to speak for whom. Throughout the performance, there will be a cacophony of voices exploring how a subordinate voice might present itself. SHEE-LA-NA-GIG time travels through omnipresent taboos surrounding pleasure, censorship, and civilisation. This work was developed in collaboration with artist Kari Robertson and academic Dr Gillian Partington. An accompanying radio play will be released in early 2018. Stay tuned!

´Witching Ain´t Easy´, a new essay by London-based writer and editor Phillipa Snow, will be presented during this evening.


Clothing advice: This is an outdoor event. Although there are heaters and shelter, we advise dressing for cold, wet weather.


The celebration of the winter solstice takes place as part of the exhibition HOST – a duo exhibition featuring work by Jaakko Pallasvuo & Anni Puolakka and Tarwuk – on show at MAMA until 11 February 2018.


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