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Lost Species Day 2022: LARPing with the Land – with Bea Xu

12 December 2022
6:30 pm
8:30 pm

The trajectory of loss seems exponential in the Anthropocene; can LARP (live action roleplay games) offer us ways to ritualistically queer this sense of inevitability?

Join Bea Xu for a participatory online workshop in which each participant is invited to bring, connect and commune with a chosen object, using it to tease out a disowned aspect of the self to generate an avatar of speculative future selfhood. Expect to become accomplices in a co-created, speculative timeline and feel into this embodied potential together, as a teaser experience of live action roleplay emerges.

This how-to guide to ‘mixed reality’ worldbuilding and roleplay will begin with a brief introduction to Bea’s past works involving ritualistic live-action immersion; where the artist shares their emerging process of transforming speculative realities into real world potentials (aka LARPing with the Land). Bring an object with you that feels significant to your sense of place and environmental belonging.

This event is part of ONCA’s Lost Species Day 2022 programme, Queer(ing) Ecological Futures, a diverse range of online and in-person talks and workshops that celebrate imaginings of multiple possible futures beyond mainstream notions and investigate what it means to queer death and ‘extinction’. All events are free but donations are warmly welcomed. This year, any donations will go to ONCA, helping us continue our vital work of creatively challenging the driving forces of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss.


Bea Xu (@_fei__fei_) is a world-builder, ritualist and psychic worker. Using collaborative play, speculative fiction and therapeutic intervention they design and means-test integral, post-capitalist cosmologies with live participants and fellow LARPers. Bea’s work can be seen as a narrative-driven engagement with archetypal shadow – often foregrounding blood magic, decolonized time and non-binary logic with an EcoGothic focus. Informed by their studies and clinical experience at London’s CCPE as a trainee integrative, transpersonal psychotherapist, she was the creatrix of ritual laboratory LUNARCHY 2.0 and is one of the newest members of OUTSIDEININSIDEOUTINSIDEOUTOUTSIDEIN collective. They completed the 9th Alternative Education Programme at Rupert in Vilnius and have collaborated with Furtherfield Gallery (London), Omsk Social Club and Ittah Yodah – with work selected for Ugly Duck (London); Mehringplatz 20 (Berlin); Studio ALTA (Prague); Podium (Oslo); IAM Festival; UNFIX Festival; Solo Show; Virtual Futures; Arts of the Working Class; Baltan Labs; NewCon Press and Gods & Radicals Press.


Please email if you have any access enquiries about this online workshop.

This event has been made possible by support from Sussex Humanities Lab and University of London.

Sussex Humanities Lab is an interdisciplinary research programme at the University of Sussex that experiments with digital methods in research and investigates the interactions between technology and culture, society and environment in order to imagine and create more sustainable and just futures for all.


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