XenoEntities Network (XEN) is a platform for discussion and experimentation focusing on intersections of queer, gender, and feminist studies with digital technologies, organized by Lou Drago, Pedro Marum, and Zander Porter.
The XEN-curated programs comprise events with performances, screenings, and panels. Programs revolve around contemporary art and philosophical-theoretical themes such as posthumanism, xenofeminism, cyborgs and prosthetics, surveillance technologies, and virtual reality, amongst others. Collaborations between XEN (or its members) and other spaces and institutions include ACUD MACHT NEU (Berlin), Agora (Berlin), Faculdade de Belas-Artes (Lisbon), Fuchsbau Festival (Hanover), Gropius Bau (Berlin), Hares & Hyenas (Melbourne), Institute of Art & Art Theory (Cologne), Kampnagel (Hamburg), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), Mimosa House (London), Rabbit Hole (Lisbon), Rama em Flor (Lisbon), Room E-10 27 (Berlin/Paris), Saturnalia (Milan), SomoS (Berlin), Sophiensæle (Berlin), SPEKTRUM (Berlin/Athens), Unsound (Kraków), transmediale (Berlin), and Zé dos Bois Gallery (Lisbon).
Apart from curated programs, XEN organizes “Assemblages,” free-access gatherings with the purpose to (discuss) research where participants propose topics and ideas within the scope of the platform. We invite speakers from different fields to our sessions and organise round-table discussions complete with readings of relevant materials as well as discussions of texts and artworks.
XEN speculates about new forms of existence and explores the expansion of bodies and subjectivities within the digital realm. XEN is an open-community platform for anyone from any background who has interest and curiosity in these topics and/or is willing to expand/corrupt/disrupt/explode them in safe(r) contexts.