Faster Than Light

Kentaro Kumanomido & Thomas Anthony Owen

Faster Than Light is the poetic tale of a queer woman abruptly transported through multiple dimension to uncover knowledge of a forgotten ancien technology essential to bringing peace to her community’s ongoing struggle.

Faster Than Light is an intermedia project (including films and performances) situated on the intersections of technology, identity, consciousness, trauma, and survival. Through movement research, collaborative media making and visionary fiction, Kumanomido, Owen & friends have developed a work for multimedia broadcasts throughout the city of Athens and across Europe.

During their 2 months residency at Onassis Cultural Centre as a part of the EMAP / EMARE program, the artists researched non-digital networks within the urban ecology of Athens, choosing to work closely with the LGBTQIA+ community of Athens. After the EMAP research residency, Kumanomido, Owen & their Athens-based cast continued to collaborate and further develop Faster Than Light into a short film and hybrid performance project.

Following the brutal murder of one of their cast members on September 21st, 2018 and the resulting mass media misinformations, Faster Than Light became a complex visual song of the Athenian LGBTQIA+ community as they find healing from this loss and the ongoing hate based violence placed upon genderqueer, trans and female bodies. Faster Than Light is a visual journey dedicated to those queer beings violently robbed of their life and the communities that survive to continue the resistance to these injustices.

Produced by: Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens
Within the framework of the European Media Art Platform (EMAP/EMARE)
Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union


Every day 3 pm to 6 pm


35 Rue de Séraucourt
18000 Bourges


▶ 9 pm : SCEENING-PERFORMANCEFaster Than Light, co-directed by Kentaro Kumanomido & Thomas Anthony Owen, with the performance of Chraja, Evy, Tsaklanou & Thanos Papadogiannis, Giorgos Kalogeropolous


24-26 route de la Chapelle
18000 Bourges
Kentaro Kumanomido and Thomas Anthony Owen are improvisational choreographers based in europe. Together, they form the core of electric shepherds (est. 2015), an art-as-research production company focused on creating femme-forward contexts for radical queer embodiment, new media practices, and quasi-mystical encounters.
Kentaro Kumanomido (b. 1990, St. Louis, USA, lives and works in Europe) is a queer-identified artist of mixed Japanese/European heritage. He received his MFA from Northwestern University (2017) and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis (2013).
Thomas Anthony Owen (b. 1989, Mannheim, Germany) is a transdisciplinary director and transformative justice activist.