Episode Five: Omikemi


  • Rajni Shah
  • Omikemi
  • Fili 周 Gibbons




water, armour, hustle, care, transformation, trust, kinship, image


In this final episode of the podcast, released under the full moon in Scorpio, Rajni Shah and Omikemi engage in a long, slow, deep conversation, in which they reflect on the entanglements between the felt world of lived experiences and the systems within which we live our lives.

Infused by the sounds and shapes of the ocean, this episode feels intimate and visceral – and perhaps more than any of the others, like an invitation to eavesdrop on a conversation between friends.

In the accompanying offering, Omikemi invites listeners to spend time with a question that was present for them at the time of recording.

Click here for full episode and credits.

Author Biographies

Rajni Shah

Rajni Shah (they/them) is an artist whose practice is focused on listening and gathering as creative and political acts. Key projects—always created alongside and in collaboration with others—include hold each as we fall (1999), The Awkward Position (2003-2004), Mr Quiver (2005-2008), small gifts (2006-2008), Dinner with America (2007-2009), Glorious (2010-2012), Experiments in Listening (2014-2015), Lying Fallow (2014-2015), Song (2016), I don’t know how (to decolonize myself) (2018), Feminist Killjoys Reading Group (2016-2020) and Listening Tables (2019-2020). In 2021, Rajni will publish a monograph and series of zines as part of the Performance Philosophy Series, entitled Experiments in Listening.


Omikemi is a writer and healing arts practitioner based in London, UK.

Fili 周 Gibbons

Fili 周 Gibbons (we/them/us) are a musician and recording engineer working across a range of community and professional contexts to support plural voices, expressions, and sonic experiences. As well as leading community workshops they frequently work with other sound and video artists, drawing on listening, memory and intuition as guiding forces in collaborative making practices. Their work interfaces with plural cultural histories and experiences, intangible arts traditions, and community-oriented sound practice.


Gumbs, Alexis Pauline. 2020. Dub: Finding Ceremony. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. https://doi.org/10.1215/9781478007081

Mailhot, Terese Marie. 2018. Heart Berries: A Memoir. London: Bloomsbury

Meyer, Marvin W., ed. 2009. The Nag Hammadi Scriptures: The Revised and Updated Translation of Sacred Gnostic Texts. New York: HarperOne.

Spirit stone made by Jeremy “Mudjai” Devitt. Accessed 10 February 2021. https://nationalaboriginaldesignagency.com.au/our-artists/jeremy-devitt




How to Cite

Shah, Rajni, Omikemi, and 周 Gibbons Fili. 2021. “Episode Five: Omikemi”. Performance Philosophy 6 (1):27 April 2021. https://doi.org/10.21476/PP.2021.61342.