Open Eye Gallery (Online): ‘if we can’t all dance, I don’t wanna be a part of ur world :))))’

Open Eye Gallery (Online): ‘if we can't all dance, I don't wanna be a part of ur world :))))’ Open Eye Gallery (Online): ‘if we can’t all dance, I don’t wanna be a part of ur world :))))’


Venue: Open Eye Gallery
Dates: 27/08/2020
Times: 18:00 - 19:00


Joy as a form of resistance: dance with us.

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Stephanie Francis-Shanahan is interested in joy, and how we can use it as a form of resistance to keep ourselves well. Before lockdown, she had started a series inviting people to come to her room, dress up in her wardrobe and dance to their favourite song whilst she documented it. Now, she’s inviting you to submit a 30-second video of you in your own home, which she’ll mix into a new work, ‘if we can’t all dance, I don’t wanna be a part of ur world :))))’, to be broadcast on 27th August.

Here’s how to take part:

“Before lockdown, I had started a series inviting people to come to my room, dress up in my wardrobe and dance to their favourite song whilst I documented it. Of course, this series had to stop and I wanted to figure out a way to capture this spirit. Additionally, having attended the London Black Lives Matter protests and witnessing such a mass of collective joy as resistance, it further reinforces my belief in the importance of dance and the need for our creative spaces to be shared and used collectively. I would like to invite you to be a part of this digital exploration of collective joy and movement by following the instructions below:

-record 30 seconds of you dancing in your bedrooms and state at the beginning the artist and title of the song you have chosen

-please feel free to dress up in whatever way makes you feel most comfortable (glam/trackies/fancy dress etc is all good)

-it can be recorded either portrait or landscape on whatever you are able to record on, camera quality is not important here just being able to see you enjoy yourself 🙂

-send it via wetransfer to s.francis-shanahan0620191@arts.ac.uk,

These clips will then be edited into a film which can be a tool of inciting joy, enabling us to be strong and continue momentum for our long battle ahead for social change.”

Stephanie also encourages anyone watching or taking part to make a donation to Black Minds Matter UK: a project to connect Black individuals and families in the UK with free, professional mental health services.

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All events are streamed to twitch.tv/openeyegallery, followed by a public chat on Open Eye Gallery’s Discord chat room community. To join the Discord, follow this link and download Discord on desktop or mobile: https://discord.gg/CqqC55h

This event is part of The Time We Call Our Own, an upcoming exhibition and series of online events around nightlife, identity, and how photography shapes our sense of shared experience, led by Open Eye Gallery and supported by SEVENSTORE.