THE CRITICAL DRINKING CURRICULUM

 

The Critical Drinking Curriculum is a public program coordinated by Hannah O’Flynn and Vita Buivid under the politics of food research group IMBISS. The program takes the form of a series of public events that look at alcohol as a political substance, as well a place of intersection for the relationship between the body and the State. The curriculum thinks this history from the scope of race, gender, class and age, between others. It considers how the historical production, trade and consumption of alcohol, together with the cultural codes surrounding these practices, entangle themselves with global politics. The public program opens up this entanglement by doing an artistic enquiry into some of the different histories of alcohol production, trade and drinking. The program will make public appearance in the forms of a pop up bar, performances, an exhibition, lectures, a podcast, a publication, film screenings, round tables or a supper club.

 

 

UPCOMING

SMASHED: Talking Drunk Stories / Singing Songs of Riot and Revolt

 

As a part of the Project Space Festival 22

“SMASHED: Talking Drunk Stories / Singing Songs of Riot and Revolt” is an audio piece that looks at drunkenness’ relation to rioting and revolt, specifically enquiring into this relation within the context of Ireland’s colonial history. The research of this history is approached through drunk storytelling and singing, as drunkenness has a close relationship to oral histories. This is of particular relevance due to Ireland’s long history under colonial rule, where official history was controlled by the British Empire, drunk oral history becoming, thus, a possible space for counter-insurgency.

“SMASHED” is a sonic collage of conversations around collective drinking and drunkenness’ relation to the disavowal of and organisation against an oppressive regime. How do the voices of the oppressed move through and around a system of violent silencing? In what ways does drunk speech escape discipline? What are the ways in which one listens? What do “earworms” and contagious singing have to do with collective political activation? Is there a direct relation between higher alcohol consumption and political despair? Does intoxication make one less functional to be exploited, or more malleable to oppressive practices? Is there really a relationship between drunkenness and rioting, or is this a silencing propaganda mechanism used by the oppressive body?