Bloodtide - forthcoming in 2021
Speculative Queer Creative Nonfiction | Performance | Direct Theory
Eli Nixon builds portals and gives guided tours to places that don’t yet exist, or already exist but call for imaginative intervention. They are a settler-descended transqueer clown, a cardboard constructionist, and a maker of plays, puppets, parades, pageants, suitcase theaters, and low-tech spectaculah. Eli is a New George’s affiliated artist, a member of Company One’s PlayLab Unit, and part of artEquity’s 2019 cohort. Eli’s work has been supported by the RI State Council on the Arts, HewnOaks, The Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation & Performance, The Leeway Foundation, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and a host of other organizations and organisms. Eli has MFAs in Writing for Performance (Brown University 2018) and in Interdisciplinary Art (Goddard College 2009). Eli’s current creative efforts include identifying opportunities to dismantle Manifest Destiny, foster intra and interspecies kinship, invent queer holidays, and co-parent an 11 year old human.
Bloodtide is manual for breaking some things and building some others. It’s a proposal for a holiday in homage to horseshoe crabs. It’s an invitation to expand time, to breathe for 450 million years, and to see each other and ourselves anew- with lunar receptors. Bloodtide gathers celebrants around an effort to not look past harm or deny relation while working to expand notions of time, nature, and ancestry. It calls us to recognize our reliance on the primordial blood of another to safeguard the likelihood of our future. It pushes for the reverse of extraction.* It’s a proposal addressing a need for new cultural practices. It’s an unfinished invitation to molt with strangers. It’s a provocation to spawn new conditions that enable horizontalism. Bloodtide is dedicated to the transformation of cardboard/ ourselves through the challenge and pleasure of paying homage in ways specific to horseshoe crabs, the local needs and strengths of each particpant, and the land on which we practice this holiday.