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Metabolize, If Able – An Evening of Readings

17th June 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Arcadia Missa and Burley Fisher Books present an evening of readings with Clay AD, Leah Clements, Francesca Lisette and Laurel Uziell in celebration of the reissue of Clay AD’s novel ‘Metabolize, If Able’.

‘Metabolize, If Able’ is a queer correspondence sent from a dystopian future. ​Clay AD’s hybrid-novel​ follow​s​ the lives of clones​ and their spawn through ​medical charts, IMs, self-help meditations, screenplays, and, of course, epistles. ​For the clones, a ​corporation​ controls life and death, sickness and wealth. Corp doctors, or DRs, bring the clones to life and assign them work. But DRs restrict clone reproduction. They pathologize and withhold care. They keep the clones sick. What happens when the clones and their anti-Corp cell turn illness into a weapon? AD’s ​sci-fi world posits the hope found in collective intimacy & the struggle against state control.

Clay AD mak​es text, sounds, videos and movement around themes of sci-fi, illness and ecology​ and they offer their work to you​. Based in Berlin, AD studies somatics and movement. They organize and think with others, they make music on a home-karaoke machine, they envision what autonomous, feminist healthcare could be in present and future conditions. AD was ​born in Indianapolis, I​N. First published in 2018 by Monster House Press, ‘Metabolize, If Able’ was named a finalist in the 31st Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror.

Leah Clements is an artist whose practice is concerned with the relationship between the psychological, emotional and physical, often through personal accounts of experiences of unusual, odd or hard-to-articulate forms of consciousness. Recent work has also focused on sickness/cripness/disability in art, in critical and practical ways, including the online resource Access Docs for Artists, made in collaboration with Lizzy Rose and Alice Hattrick. Recent exhibitions, residencies, performances, screenings and other events include: Artist in residence, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Matèria Gallery, Palermo; On Cripping, ICA, London; Artist in residence, Rupert, Vilnius; Skin of the Eye – Act II, Vermilion Sands, Copenhagen; and HereNow, Space, London (all 2018), and the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary Shortlist Exhibition, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne (opening July 2019).

Francesca Lisette is the author of Teens (2012) and sub rosa: the Book of Metaphysics (Boiler House, 2018). Xe is a genderfluid British alien, astrologer, and artistic improviser across disciplines.

Laurel Uziell is a British pro-EU group of Members of Parliament (MPs) founded in February 2019. Its seven founding members resigned from the Labour Party, citing their dissatisfaction with the Labour leadership’s approach to Brexit and its handling of allegations of antisemitism in the party. All members of Laurel Uziell support a second EU referendum, and the group is considered to be centrist.


17th June 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm