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Bibliomancy

Person spinning/dancing in the center of a circle of books Photo by Kate Sweeney
August 10 - August 12, 2023
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Urban Arts Space

Date Range
2023-08-10 19:30:00 2023-08-12 21:00:00 Bibliomancy Bibliomancy is an interactive oracular performance created and performed by Michael J. Morris. Engaging in the ancient practice of divination with books, Bibliomancy gathers together a collection of texts written by Black feminists, transgender pioneers, queer theorists, philosophers, poets, artists, witches, and mystics, then invites audience participants to ask a question, for which they will receive a response in the forms of both text and movement. Rather than seeking answers, Bibliomancy seeks ways of being and moving with our questions, dancing with uncertainty and indeterminacy, and making meaning in the space between community, voice, text, and body.    Bibliomancy is supported by an original soundscore by Moxy Martinez.    Each performance will be approximately 1 hour.    Free and open to the public  August 10, 11, & 12, 2023 Doors open at 7:30 PM, and the performance begins sharply at 8:00 PM.   About the artists:    Michael J. Morris (they/them) is an artist, writer, astrologer, tarot reader, teacher, and facilitator. They hold a PhD in Dance Studies from The Ohio State University, and they were a Visiting Assistant Professor at Denison University from 2015–2021, where they taught in Dance, Women’s and Gender Studies, Queer Studies, and Environmental Studies. They have also been visiting faculty at SNDO—the School for New Dance Development—at the Academy of Theatre and Dance in Amsterdam from 2020–2023, teaching the gender theory workshop for choreographers. Michael’s choreographic and performance work draws influences from Japanese Butoh, ritual practices, and early formalist postmodern dance and has been presented at universities, galleries, community spaces, theaters, bars and nightclubs, films, and domestic spaces. Their writing appears in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater, TDR: The Drama Review, Choreographic Practices, Dance Chronicle, and the European Journal of Ecopsychology.  In 2019, Michael founded Co Witchcraft Offerings through which they offer astrology and tarot readings, movement-based rituals, and workshops to support people in cultivating more meaningful living while pursuing personal and collective healing and liberation. Along with their consulting practice, they are a contributing artist with Livable Futures, a guest teacher in the Foundations in Embodied Ancestral Inquiry course presented by wildbody somatics, a teaching assistant with astrologer Kelly Surtees, and a contributing writer for the CHANI App. Michael is based in Columbus, Ohio—the ancestral and contemporary territories of the Shawnee, Potawatomi, Delaware, Miami, Peoria, Seneca, Wyandotte, Ojibwe, and Cherokee peoples.  https://michaeljmorris.weebly.com/  https://www.michaeljmorris.co/    Moxy Martinez (they/them/he/him), a self-taught DJ & producer, has created, performed, produced, and contributed original music and DJ sets both nationally and internationally since 2003. Moxy is the founder of the Columbus Synth Slam c.2017, a synthesizer-based, interactive event focused around the joys of synthesis and sound making. Most recently in January 2023, Moxy produced and performed the one-night-only event held at Mershon Auditorium, Patchworks: Synthesize Synthcronicities, an interactive, synth-directed event focused on female/trans/nonbinary synth artists, fully supported by the Wexner Center for the Arts.  https://moxymartinez.bandcamp.com *** Bibliography for Bibliomancy: Agrippa, Heinrich Cornelius. Three Books of Occult Philosophy: Volume 1. Translated by Eric Purdue. Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions, 2021. Ahmed, Sara. Living a Feminist Life. Durham: Duke University Press, 2017. Athanassakis, Apostolos N. and Benjamin Wolkow, translators. The Orphic Hymns. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013) Barad, Karen. Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007. Bey, Marquis. Black Trans Feminism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2022. Boggs, Grace Lee. The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012. Bornstein, Kate. Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us. New York: Vintage Books, 1995. brown, adrienne maree. Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds. Chico, CA: AK Press, 2017. brown, adrienne maree. Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good. Chico, CA: AK Press, 2019. brown, adrienne maree. We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice. Chico, CA: AK Press, 2020. brown, adrienne maree. Fables and Spells: Collected and New Short Fiction and Poetry. Chico, CA: AK Press, 2022. Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge Classics, 2006. Butler, Judith. The Force of Nonviolence: An Ethico-Political Bind. London: Verso Books, 2020. Carson, Anne. Autobiography of Red. New York: Vintage Books, 1998. Carson, Anne. Eros: The Bittersweet, fourth printing. London: Dalkey Archive Press, 2005. Chödrön, Pema. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, 20th Anniversary Edition. Boulder: Shambala, 2016. Curott, Phyllis. Book of Shadows. New York: Broadway Books, 1998. Curott, Phyllis. Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic. New York: Broadway Books, 2001. Davis, Angela. Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2016. Deleuze, Gilles and Félix Guattari. A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Translated by Brian Massumi. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987. Dimech, Alkistis and Peter Grey. The Brazen Vessel. Scarlet Imprint, 2019. Ensler, Eve. In the Body of the World: A Memoir of Cancer and Connection. New York: Picador, 2013. Federici, Silvia. Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation. New York: Autonomedia, 2014. Grey, Peter. Apocalyptic Witchcraft. Scarlet Imprint, 2013. Grosz, Elizabeth. Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011. Gumbs, Alexis Pauline. M Archive: After the End of the World. Durham: Duke University Press, 2018. Gumbs, Alexis Pauline. dub: finding ceremony. Durham: Duke University Press, 2020. Gumbs, Alexis Pauline. Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals. Chico, CA: AK Press, 2020. Halprin, Anna. Making Dances That Matter: Resources for Community Creativity. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2019. Hamer, Fannie Lou. The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: To Tell It Like It Is. Edited by Maegan Parker Brooks and Davis W. Houck. Jackson: University of Mississippi, 2011. Haraway, Donna J. Staying With the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016. hooks, bell. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. New York: Routledge, 1994. hooks, bell. All About Love: New Visions. New York: Harper Perennial, 2000. hooks, bell. Feminism if for Everybody: Passionate Politics. New York: Routledge, 2015. Huxtable, Juliana. Mucus in My Pineal Gland. Capricious Publishing, 2019. Kaba, Mariame. We Do This Til' We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2021. Lorde, Audre. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. Berkeley: Crossing Press, 2007. Lorde, Audre. The Selected Works of Audre Lorde. Edited by Roxane Gay. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2020. Mitchell, Larry. The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions, fifth printing. New York: Nightboat Books, 2021. Mitchell, Stephen. Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2000. Nagoski, Emily. Come As You Are. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperback, 2021. Ohno, Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno. Kazuo Ohno's World: from without & within. Translated by John Barrett. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2004. Piepzna-Samarsinha, Leah Lakshmi. Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2019. Pickens, Beth. Make Your Art No Matter What: Moving Beyond Creative Hurdles. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2021. Pollack, Rachel. The Beatrix Gates plus. Oakland: PM Press, 2019. Pollack, Rachel. The Doom Patrol Omnibus. Burbank: DC Comics, 2022. Roche, Lorin. The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder & Delight. Boulder: Sounds True, 2014. Sark. Eat Mangoes Naked: Finding Pleasure Everywhere and Dancing with the Pits! New York: Fireside, 2001. Starhawk. The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, 20th Anniversary Edition. New York: HarperOne, 1999. Starhawk. The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature. New York: HarperOne, 2004. Stryker, Susan. Transgender History. Berkeley: Seal Press, 2008. Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta. How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2017. Whitehead, Joshua. Full-metal Indigiqueer. 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Bibliomancy is an interactive oracular performance created and performed by Michael J. Morris. Engaging in the ancient practice of divination with books, Bibliomancy gathers together a collection of texts written by Black feminists, transgender pioneers, queer theorists, philosophers, poets, artists, witches, and mystics, then invites audience participants to ask a question, for which they will receive a response in the forms of both text and movement. Rather than seeking answers, Bibliomancy seeks ways of being and moving with our questions, dancing with uncertainty and indeterminacy, and making meaning in the space between community, voice, text, and body. 

 
Bibliomancy is supported by an original soundscore by Moxy Martinez. 

 
Each performance will be approximately 1 hour. 
 
Free and open to the public 
August 10, 11, & 12, 2023
Doors open at 7:30 PM, and the performance begins sharply at 8:00 PM.
 

About the artists: 
 

Michael J. Morris (they/them) is an artist, writer, astrologer, tarot reader, teacher, and facilitator. They hold a PhD in Dance Studies from The Ohio State University, and they were a Visiting Assistant Professor at Denison University from 2015–2021, where they taught in Dance, Women’s and Gender Studies, Queer Studies, and Environmental Studies. They have also been visiting faculty at SNDO—the School for New Dance Development—at the Academy of Theatre and Dance in Amsterdam from 2020–2023, teaching the gender theory workshop for choreographers. Michael’s choreographic and performance work draws influences from Japanese Butoh, ritual practices, and early formalist postmodern dance and has been presented at universities, galleries, community spaces, theaters, bars and nightclubs, films, and domestic spaces. Their writing appears in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater, TDR: The Drama Review, Choreographic Practices, Dance Chronicle, and the European Journal of Ecopsychology

In 2019, Michael founded Co Witchcraft Offerings through which they offer astrology and tarot readings, movement-based rituals, and workshops to support people in cultivating more meaningful living while pursuing personal and collective healing and liberation. Along with their consulting practice, they are a contributing artist with Livable Futures, a guest teacher in the Foundations in Embodied Ancestral Inquiry course presented by wildbody somatics, a teaching assistant with astrologer Kelly Surtees, and a contributing writer for the CHANI App. Michael is based in Columbus, Ohio—the ancestral and contemporary territories of the Shawnee, Potawatomi, Delaware, Miami, Peoria, Seneca, Wyandotte, Ojibwe, and Cherokee peoples. 
https://michaeljmorris.weebly.com/ 
https://www.michaeljmorris.co/ 
 
Moxy Martinez (they/them/he/him), a self-taught DJ & producer, has created, performed, produced, and contributed original music and DJ sets both nationally and internationally since 2003. Moxy is the founder of the Columbus Synth Slam c.2017, a synthesizer-based, interactive event focused around the joys of synthesis and sound making. Most recently in January 2023, Moxy produced and performed the one-night-only event held at Mershon Auditorium, Patchworks: Synthesize Synthcronicities, an interactive, synth-directed event focused on female/trans/nonbinary synth artists, fully supported by the Wexner Center for the Arts. 
https://moxymartinez.bandcamp.com

***

Bibliography for Bibliomancy:

Agrippa, Heinrich Cornelius. Three Books of Occult Philosophy: Volume 1. Translated by Eric Purdue. Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions, 2021.

Ahmed, Sara. Living a Feminist Life. Durham: Duke University Press, 2017.

Athanassakis, Apostolos N. and Benjamin Wolkow, translators. The Orphic Hymns. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013)

Barad, Karen. Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007.

Bey, Marquis. Black Trans Feminism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2022.

Boggs, Grace Lee. The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.

Bornstein, Kate. Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us. New York: Vintage Books, 1995.

brown, adrienne maree. Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds. Chico, CA: AK Press, 2017.

brown, adrienne maree. Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good. Chico, CA: AK Press, 2019.

brown, adrienne maree. We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice. Chico, CA: AK Press, 2020.

brown, adrienne maree. Fables and Spells: Collected and New Short Fiction and Poetry. Chico, CA: AK Press, 2022.

Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge Classics, 2006.

Butler, Judith. The Force of Nonviolence: An Ethico-Political Bind. London: Verso Books, 2020.

Carson, Anne. Autobiography of Red. New York: Vintage Books, 1998.

Carson, Anne. Eros: The Bittersweet, fourth printing. London: Dalkey Archive Press, 2005.

Chödrön, Pema. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, 20th Anniversary Edition. Boulder: Shambala, 2016.

Curott, Phyllis. Book of Shadows. New York: Broadway Books, 1998.

Curott, Phyllis. Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic. New York: Broadway Books, 2001.

Davis, Angela. Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2016.

Deleuze, Gilles and Félix Guattari. A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Translated by Brian Massumi. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987.

Dimech, Alkistis and Peter Grey. The Brazen Vessel. Scarlet Imprint, 2019.

Ensler, Eve. In the Body of the World: A Memoir of Cancer and Connection. New York: Picador, 2013.

Federici, Silvia. Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation. New York: Autonomedia, 2014.

Grey, Peter. Apocalyptic Witchcraft. Scarlet Imprint, 2013.

Grosz, Elizabeth. Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011.

Gumbs, Alexis Pauline. M Archive: After the End of the World. Durham: Duke University Press, 2018.

Gumbs, Alexis Pauline. dub: finding ceremony. Durham: Duke University Press, 2020.

Gumbs, Alexis Pauline. Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals. Chico, CA: AK Press, 2020.

Halprin, Anna. Making Dances That Matter: Resources for Community Creativity. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2019.

Hamer, Fannie Lou. The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: To Tell It Like It Is. Edited by Maegan Parker Brooks and Davis W. Houck. Jackson: University of Mississippi, 2011.

Haraway, Donna J. Staying With the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016.

hooks, bell. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. New York: Routledge, 1994.

hooks, bell. All About Love: New Visions. New York: Harper Perennial, 2000.

hooks, bell. Feminism if for Everybody: Passionate Politics. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Huxtable, Juliana. Mucus in My Pineal Gland. Capricious Publishing, 2019.

Kaba, Mariame. We Do This Til' We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2021.

Lorde, Audre. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. Berkeley: Crossing Press, 2007.

Lorde, Audre. The Selected Works of Audre Lorde. Edited by Roxane Gay. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2020.

Mitchell, Larry. The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions, fifth printing. New York: Nightboat Books, 2021.

Mitchell, Stephen. Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2000.

Nagoski, Emily. Come As You Are. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperback, 2021.

Ohno, Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno. Kazuo Ohno's World: from without & within. Translated by John Barrett. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2004.

Piepzna-Samarsinha, Leah Lakshmi. Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2019.

Pickens, Beth. Make Your Art No Matter What: Moving Beyond Creative Hurdles. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2021.

Pollack, Rachel. The Beatrix Gates plus. Oakland: PM Press, 2019.

Pollack, Rachel. The Doom Patrol Omnibus. Burbank: DC Comics, 2022.

Roche, Lorin. The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder & Delight. Boulder: Sounds True, 2014.

Sark. Eat Mangoes Naked: Finding Pleasure Everywhere and Dancing with the Pits! New York: Fireside, 2001.

Starhawk. The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, 20th Anniversary Edition. New York: HarperOne, 1999.

Starhawk. The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature. New York: HarperOne, 2004.

Stryker, Susan. Transgender History. Berkeley: Seal Press, 2008.

Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta. How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2017.

Whitehead, Joshua. Full-metal Indigiqueer. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2017.

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