SPILLS / performance lecture

4 September 2021


Venue: Antiuni Online: Virtual Classroom 1

Organiser: Elaine Tam

And meanings touch my skin, rendering an infinite sense of unfolding with things, words and images. A novel like a bag acquires a breathing body, which cradles the world and exposes it to the multitude of possibilities, the lightness of sensation. This model of cradling and containing counterposes the ‘acts’ or ‘action’ as a progress, devices to move a plot forward.


SPILLS (2021) is a performance lecture by Geiste Kincinaityte and Elaine Tam which reflects upon the act of writing, the untranslatable, and the stakes of bringing research and praxis into contact. The session will comprise a re-staging of SPILLS (2021) for 30 minutes, followed by an open discussion including (but not limited to) topics such as affect, neoliberal academia and creative labour.

This work was originally produced on the occasion of Tactics & Praxis: Creativity, Pleasure & Ethics in Academic Work, an annual conference hosted by Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge.

Please e-mail spills2021@gmail.com to register your interest and receive session Zoom details.


Geiste Kincinaityte is an artist and researcher, who calls her self an alien anthropologist. Her image-making practice is defined by encounters with the eerie, which is understood to be both the cessation of a comfort zone - whether self, human, habitat, milieu - and alertness to a yet-to-be-identified presence. She is currently undertaking her PhD in Film and Screen Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Elaine Tam is an itinerant curator-writer-researcher from Hong Kong, currently working at White Cube, London. She collaborates with artists and thinkers to create new forms and forums for critical engagement; her practice is an interdisciplinary site for play, pleasure, gesture and, importantly, failure. Research interests include psychoanalytic theory, performance writing and feminist new materialisms.