Voluminous Arts, February 24th-26th 2023
Three Days: A Voluminous Arts Festival was a weekend-long music and arts festival that took place at KAJE from Feb 24-26, 2023 and centered on trans artists experimenting with music and sound. Designed as a multisensorial experience where aural and visual components weaved themselves through communal episodes, the festival was both an exhibition and a celebration. Since most of the research residency’s activities had not been open to the public, this event acted as a showcase of the work developed—while simultaneously being a weekend-long party for the public and the artists involved. Three Days provided a glimpse into the work Voluminous Arts’ artists had developed during their research residency at KAJE from September 2022 to February 2023.
This residency was dedicated to providing transgender artists a space to explore creativity not hemmed in by genre categorization or the demands of legibility in the marketplace, as framed by Gavilán Rayna Russom’s essay “Werpos” which introduced it. Residents were invited to explore themes and concepts of interest to their mission without pressure on a defined result. Central to the residency activities were connections between trans experience, experimental creativity and liminality. Many trans people uncover their identity through a series of experimental, creative, and community processes, processes which are also reflected in the experimental creative practices supported through the residency and shared through the Three Days festival.