co-hosted by Go! Push Pops and A Feminist Tea Party:
For the collaboration at MOMENTA, the Push Pops and A Feminist Tea Party teamed up for a unique event exploring the interstice of feminist politics and spiritual matters. Our event, which we called a “Shak-tea Party” fused the potentiality of the tea party as space of feminist discourse with the yogic notion of Shakti – the female principle of divine cosmic creativity, also known as Kundalini Shakti. Stroebe for one was interested in “the merging of spirituality and feminism” and how we might present an installation that spoke to a contemporary feminism that is “timeless, interdisciplinary, all-inclusive, fluid.”
Being a long time fan of AFTP, Go! Push Pops was excited for the opportunity to produce a low-key project with a community vibe and safe, inclusive, grounding atmosphere. We delineated the three-hour event into sections and welcomed visitors with fresh baked breads, homemade herbal teas and a calming, minimal simplicity. AFTP wore white period dresses and pearls with bare feet. Go! Push Pops dressed in multi-colors, painted faces, feathers, somewhere between Priestess, Disney Princess and neophyte Shaman. As Push Pops, we weren’t interested in making a massacre of indigenous cultures or running rampant with the sacred in the name of some derelict trans-ethnic spiritual bricolage. We were interested in developing a relationship to the sacred that was meaningful within a contemporary milieu, that honored the female principle and helped us to be more embodied and grounded on the earth plane. We had turned to outsider traditions like shamanism not for neo-colonial taste-testing but because we believed they offered the best models we had of holistic art forms that could bind the community and beckon the universal soul.
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