2020: Speaking and Exhibitions

Keynote Speaker at Knowbotiq: thulhu thu thu, before the sun harms you

I'm honoured to be the keynote speaker at thulhu thu thu, before the sun harms you, a series of movements hosted by Timespan considering the necropolitical landscape of the Flow Country, an ostensibly natural territory composed from a subterranean molecular system which circulates decay and energy across geological epochs.

31 February, Timespan, Helmsdale Scottish Highlands

New Work Commission: Other Futures Festival, Amsterdam

I will be installing a new work at Other Futures Festival, a multidisciplinary festival of speculative fiction from all over the world. The second edition in April 2020 will focus on the relation between humans and non-humans and the question how to create multispecies communities.

April 10-12, Amsterdam

Tales from the Abyss, with Ama Josephine Budge & Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide

Mister Motley and ArtEZ studium generale present three online lunch events that stem from the hope for a better future and take a closer look at the role of activism in the arts. Ama unpacks the dynamics of climate justice and environmentalism within the arts, together with moderator Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide.

13th May, ArtEZ Studium Generale, Online

Keynote Speaker: Fractals & Fragments

I'm honoured to be the keynote speaker at the PhD Cyber Conference 2020: Fragments and Fractals in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck University. 1st June: 1-5PM, online

Science Fiction as Activism: Sharing Futures

Experience a fantasy-filled online evening with participants of the Science Fiction As Activism: Writing Futures course, hosted by Ama Josephine Budge.

11th June: 8PM, Free Word Online

Science Fiction As Activism: Speculative Writing Course

As part of Free Word's Finding PowerSeason, I'm delighted to be leading an eight week science fiction writing course from April - June 2020. Course dates released soon, available on a sliding scale - watch this space!

April - June, Free Word, London


Upcoming Projects/Appearances

Lead Artist: Myco-Lective with Feral Practice & Chisenhale Studios

Myco-Lective takes its inspiration from human & nonhuman models of

education and mutual aid, especially the mycorrhizal networks of the forest, where established trees share nourishment with shaded neighbours via under-soil webs of fungal mycelium. Working with 6 artists selected through an open call, the curator & lead artist will lead the development of new ideas & skills, while actively nurturing the

increasing autonomy & collectivity of participants over a 12 month period.

May 2020-2021, London

New Work Commission: Other Futures Festival, Amsterdam

I will be installing a new work at Other Futures Festival, a multidisciplinary festival of speculative fiction from all over the world. The second edition in April 2020 will focus on the relation between humans and non-humans and the question how to create multispecies communities.

October 2020, Amsterdam

Queer Ecologies

Three interlinked artist residencies led by Linden Katherine McMahon, Hari Byles and Ama Josephine Budge at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve will explore queer ecologies. Through a series of events, collaborations and new writing, we will creatively engage with the queerness of nature, paying particular attention to how queer people can connect and collaborate with non-human beings to create new stories and new futures.

*postponed new dates tbc*, The Nature Reserve, Bethnal Green

Previous Projects:

Apocalypse Reading Room launches at Free Word, 2019

The Apocalypse Reading Room will be an on-site library from writer and pleasure activist Ama Josephine Budge, who will also lead in-conversation events exploring alternatively gendered and ungendered worlds. Part of Free Words new Season: All the Ways that we could Grow.

Co-convening 'The Art of Not Doing Conference: on Rest, Resistance & Pleasure Activism'

In a culture that valorises busyness, productivity, pace and “progress”, stillness can be radical. Refusing, ignoring, omitting, not doing; sometimes the most political actions look like doing nothing at all. But who gets to not do? When and how is not doing a politicised, racialised, privileged, resistant or utopian act?

Birkbeck University, Oct 17th 2019.

Casco Art Institute Commission

I'm delighted to announce that I have been commissioned as one of four solo artists, to produce a new work for the Casco Art Institute Fall Exhibition Programme, in conjunction with Uitfeest in Utrecht, Netherlands from 14 Sept - 3 Nov, 2019. Other works will be presented by Babi Badalov, Ansuya Blom and Mire Lee.