Workshop 1: Intro to Queer Time

March 10, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST

Guest Speaker 1: Kama La Mackerel

March 17, 2022, 5:30 – 7:00 PM PST


Workshop 2: Queering Pasts

March 24, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST

Guest Speaker 2: Léuli Eshrāghi

March 31, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST


Workshop 3: Imagining Queer Futures

April 7, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST

Guest Speaker 3: Billy-Ray Belcourt

April 14, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST


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

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 poets, 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.

“freezer cheese” is derived from the fated piece of cheese—dairy or otherwise—that sits safely in the freezer, awaiting the moment it is needed for nutrition, for comfort, for enjoyment. These workshops and speaker series consider what lessons can be pulled from the theories of queer temporality and ask how we can use these to navigate moments of unease, pause, and disorientation brought on by the pandemic while also evoking a sense of play and curiosity.

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.

Those interested in attending the speaker series are invited to register via EventBrite links above. All events are free and open to the public.

This project is generously supported by British Columbia Arts Council, Osprey Community Foundation, and Cowan’s Office Supplies Ltd.

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