Sept 27 + 28, 2019

Anna Martine Whitehead + Sofía Córdova: 
Surrounding Desire

Dance Mission. San Francisco, CA 

“Surrounding Desire” is a two-part workshop led by Chicago-based artist/scholar Anna Martine Whitehead in collaboration with Bay Area artist Sofía Córdova. Both sessions are FREE and open to the public.


Friday 9/27/19, 6-8pm: Lecture / Discussion
Saturday 9/28/19, 4:30-7pm: Movement Workshop

Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

SURROUNDING DESIRE is a somatic sound meditation on quantum Black feminist futures, a post-borders dance class, the ringing of a sensorial tuning fork. Participants of all abilities and practices are invited to engage in movement research in quantum Black feminist futures beginning with desire as an entry point. As a group, we'll explore ideas of intersectionality, entanglement, and empty space as they apply to our bodies as expressive objects in relation to the environment, one another, and ourselves. We will ask and never conclusively answer: Where in our movement and listening practices does desire bump up against the invisible forces and quantum impulses all around us? How can we be together so that we can build together?

This workshop privileges the experiences and knowledges of Black and Brown femmes, queer, and trans folks. Both days are open to all participants regardless of background or ability. Friday’s workshop will draw heavily on the scholarship of Audre Lorde, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Michelle Wright, Harriet Jacobs, and Karen Barad. While it is not necessary to have read anything before we meet, all participants are encouraged to have at least a conversation with folks they trust about intersectionality in their lives. Participants should bring a notepad and writing instrument.Saturday’s workshop will involve continuous movement and participants should wear comfy clothes and bring water and a snack. Participants should bring a notepad and writing instrument.


  • Karen Barad, most things.

  • John Berger. On the Economy of the Dead, (Harper’s Magazine), September, 2008.

  • Adrienne maree brown. Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, (AK Press), 2017.

  • Gabrielle Civil. Experiments in Joy, (The Accomplices), 2019.

  • Kimberlé Crenshaw, everything.

  • Stefano Harney and Fred Moten. The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study, (Minor Compositions), 2013.

  • Harriet Jacobs / Linda Brent. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, (Thayer and Eldridge), 1861.

  • Audre Lorde, everything.

  • Katherine McKittrick. Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle. (University of Minnesota Press), 2006.

  • Timothy Morton. Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World, (University of Minnesota Press), 2013.

  • Jenny Sharpe. Ghosts of Slavery: A Literary Archive of Black Women’s Lives, (University of Minnesota Press), 2002.

  • Michelle Wright. Physics of Blackness: Beyond the Middle Passage Epistemology, (University of Minnesota Press), 2015.

Anna Martine Whitehead

Anna Martine Whitehead does performance. She has been presented by venues including the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art; San José Museum of Art; Velocity Dance Center; Chicago Cultural Center; Links Hall; AUNTS; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has developed her craft working closely with Onye Ozuzu, Jefferson Pinder, taisha paggett, Every house has a door, Keith Hennessy, BodyCartography Project, Julien Prévieux, Jesse Hewit, and the Prison + Neighborhood Art Project, among others. She has been recognized with awards from the Graham Foundation, 3Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Rauschenberg Foundation, and Djerassi. Martine has written about blackness, queerness, and bodies in action for Art21 Magazine, C Magazine, frieze, Art Practical; and has contributed chapters to a range of publications including Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings (Oxford, 2017), Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements (Sobsercove, 2016), Platforms: Ten Years of Chances Dances (2016), and Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism (NYU, 2009). Martine is the author of TREASURE | My Black Rupture (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016).

Sofía Córdova

Born in 1985 in Carolina, Puerto Rico and currently based in Oakland, California, interdisciplinary artist Sofía Córdova's work considers sci-fi and futurity, dance and music culture(s), the internet, mystical objects, extinction, mutation, and climate change especially as they relate to the lives of queer bodies, particularly those of color, under the conditions of late capitalism and its technologies. She works primarily with performance, music/sound, video, photography, painting, and installation.

She has exhibited and performed at SFMOMA, the Berkeley Art Museum, and international venues such as Art Hub in Shanghai and the MEWO Kunsthalle in Germany and has participated in residencies at Mills College Museum, the ASU Museum, and The Headlands Center for the Arts. Her work was featured in the latest edition of Bay Area Now at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, is part of Pier 24’s and The Whitney Museum’s permanent collections and has been the subject of a First Look feature in Art in America.

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