Trifecta … the visceral, the virtual and the vulnerable

Video of event with velvet leigh and Jules Sturm

ArtEZ Studium Generale and platform for contemporary art P–OST organized an evening on 13 April 2022 with writer and performer velvet leigh (ArtEZ DAI Art Praxis), and theorist and educator Jules Sturm (Zurich University of the Arts). It was an evening of performance and conversation, addressing themes of vulnerability, body, temporality and the chronic.


A trifecta is a group or series of three; a triad. It is also a type of bet, in which a wager is made on a particular outcome. It involves risk, endurance and placing one’s ‘fate’, as it were, into the future unknown. What happens when the physiological functioning of a body slides into deterioration or breakdown? How does the experience of being in a body that is unreliable create temporal rifts and elisions, where the chronic becomes not only a stretching, or expanding, of time, but also of perception, of interoception: the sensations and experiences from inside the body. The performance of trifecta, by velvet leigh, proposes to take us along for a deep and vulnerable dive.

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velvet leigh

velvet leigh writes, performs and produces text-based work with a focus on body, politics, and power. Emerging from and within underground, queer, diy performance spaces, velvet’s artistic practices are rooted in the situational, lived experience of day-to-day life, and how theory and language become forces determining what bodies can do. velvet is currently a 2nd year student in the Master Art Praxis program at DAI.

Jules Sturm

Jules Sturm teaches and researches at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and at various art schools in the Netherlands in the fields of art education, critical studies and transdisciplinarity. Jules is interested in embodied theories and alternative knowledge production in contemporary culture and education, particularly in committed forms of teaching and learning from, within and beyond diversity.