Workshop 1: Intro to Queer Time

March 10, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST


Workshop 2: Queering Pasts

March 24, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST


Workshop 3: Imagining Queer Futures

April 7, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST

? Max. 12 workshop participants, ages 15-30.
? To register to attend the workshops, click here.
? Admission is free.


Interested participants are invited to register for the workshop via EventBrite. A maximum of twelve (12) participants will be invited to attend each workshop. Priority will be given to 2SQTBIPOC youth (ages 15-30). No previous experience is necessary.

Oxygen Art Centre launches the second phase of an online youth arts education program entitled freezer cheese. Generously supported by the BC Arts Council Pivot Program and Osprey Community Foundation, the second phase offers an online youth workshop series and public speaker series throughout March and April 2022. Part one of freezer cheese, here.

Led by researcher and curator Hanss Lujan Torres, the freezer cheese: queerer times series presents weekly workshops and visiting speakers to explore alternative ways of thinking about time and the ever-changing present moment. Rooted in 2SQTBIPOC experiences, these events will engage with broader timescapes like pandemic time and colonial time and try to make sense of the “queerer” times we are all experiencing.

Using concepts from queer and affect theory as guiding frameworks, the workshops will introduce participants to concepts of queer time, a post-modern model of temporality that positions the current understanding of time and progress as binding, normative constructs and imagines new and different ways of being. Participants will explore how creatives have depicted time and challenged its structures by looking at examples from contemporary art, poetry, and popular culture.

The accompanying speaker series will feature artists and writers, Kama La Mackerel, Léuli Eshrāghi, and Billy-Ray Belcourt. They will offer readings of their work and discuss their relation to time and queerness. In conversation with the facilitator Hanss Lujan Torres, these events will emphasize anticolonial approaches and Indigenous understandings of time.


Hanss Lujan Torres is an artist, curator and researcher from Cusco, Peru, working between the unceded territories of the Syilx/Okanagan Nation and Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montréal. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Minor in Art History and Visual Culture from the University of British Columbia Okanagan and is an MA candidate in the Department of Art History at Concordia University. His research and curatorial practice consider subjugated archives, queer temporalities, and alternative futures in contemporary art. Hanss is the research coordinator for the Indigenous Futures Research Centre. In addition, he has worked with several arts organizations in British Columbia, including past president of the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art and a curatorial assistant at the Kelowna Art Gallery.


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