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A new era of theory has recently emerged – we might call it “wild theory” – within which thinkers, scholars, and artists take a break from orthodoxy and experiment with knowledge, art, and the imagination, even as they remain all too aware of the constraints under which all three operate.

- Jack Halberstam, Charming for the Revolution: A Gaga Manifesto, April 2013

Charming for the Revolution: A Congress for Gender Talents and Wildness

Press Release

Charming for the Revolution: A Congress for Gender Talents and Wildness
1 – 3 February 2013
The Tanks, Tate Modern, London
Presented in collaboration with Electra
Full programme details are available from http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/film

To mark to start of LGBT month next February, Tate presents a series of events in The Tanks at Tate Modern which considers pressing questions around contemporary sexual and gender politics. This three-day event series includes films, performances and a symposium featuring work by Pauline Boundry & Renate Lorenz, Carlos Motta, and Wu Tsang. The series seeks to highlight a range of recent projects by this vibrant group of artists, activists and thinkers who have shaped the discussion of sexual and gender representation into one of the most exciting and urgent cultural debates.

The series opens on 1 February with a screening, and artists’ conversation, of films by Berlin-based duo, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz. This brings together three recent works by Boudry / Lorenz where we see hosts of characters portrayed living in defiance of convention, law and economy. The screening includes No Future/No Past 2011, a staging of punk archives from a period between 1970 and 2031, Charming for the Revolution 2009, a radical reimagining of the housewife set in Berlin zoo and Normal Work 2007, a layering of labour, class, desire and drag. The event coincides with Boudry / Lorenz’s solo exhibition at the South London Gallery, Toxic Play in Two Acts.

On Saturday 2 February, there will be a screening and performance by Wu Tsang, a performer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. This special event features the UK premiere of Wu Tsang’s film Wildness 2012 followed by an evening of music and performance. Wildness is a portrait of the Silver Platter, a historic LGBT-friendly bar on the eastside of Los Angeles that has catered to the Latin immigrant community since 1963. With a magical-realist flourish, the bar itself becomes a character in the film. Wildness captures the creativity and conflict that ensues when a group of young, queer artists organise a weekly performance party called Wildness at the bar. Wildness received its world premiere at MoMA’s Documentary fortnight.

On Saturday 2 February Gender Talents: A Special Address, convened by Carlos Motta, presents an international group of thinkers, activists, and artists in a symposium. These ‘special addresses’ will explore models and strategies to transform the ways in which society perversely defines and regulates bodies. The event seeks to ask what is at stake when collapsing, inverting or abandoning the gender binary. Here the relation between self-determination and solidarity in processes of systematic change form the foundation of a pragmatic, but also euphoric exploration of ways of being ungoverned by normative gender. With Arakis Arakistain, Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad, J. Jack Halberstam, Carlos Motta, Beatriz Preciado, Dean Spade, Terre Thaemlitz, Wu Tsang and Del LaGrace Volcano

Finally on Saturday 2 February, Carlos Motta and Matthias Sperling will present Euphoric Deviations. This work uses movement to explore the connections between collective politics and a sense of the individual. Thirteen performers will engage in individual decision-making processes, Euphoric Deviations abstractly asks how self-determination is both a deeply personal project and continuously negotiated in relation to others.

For further information please contact Bethany Bull Tate Press Office
Call 020 7887 8730. Email bethany.bull@tate.org.uk. Visit www.tate.org.uk.

Related Links
Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz’ web site
“Toxic Play in Two Acts”, Boudry / Lorenz’s solo exhibition at the South London Gallery

Queer Faces from Lost Times by Judith ‘Jack’ Halberstam

Photographs are often seen as real, i.e. documenting life and portraying what is on the image as the truth, but in reality it is a lie. Photography is the most deceptive of the arts. A portrait suggests the identity of a person. In this lecture Prof. Judith ‘Jack’ Halberstam talks about “Queer Faces from Lost Times” and shows photos by American and European photographers/artists who has depicted the lesbian, gay, queer and transgendered communities.

What Does It Mean To Study Queer Theory?
Guest Speaker: Prof. Judith ‘Jack’ Halberstam talks about “Queer Faces from Lost Times”.
11/28,2009 at the International Christian University, Tokyo

About Judith 'Jack' Halberstam
Judith ‘Jack’ Halberstam is Professor of English and Director of The Center for Feminist Research at USC, California, USA. Halberstam teaches courses in queer studies, gender theory, art, literature and film. Halberstam is the author of Female Masculinity, The Drag King Book, Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters and In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives.

Femina Potens Art Gallery – 10 Year Anniversary

Text: Femina Potens

Femina potens' logoFemina Potens Art Gallery will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary this December! Reaching this decade mark is an exciting time to be embarking on a new adventure. We have some changes happening that we want to share with you.

November will be Femina Potens’s last month in the 2199 Market Street space [in San Francisco, California, USA]. We will be moving from the corner of Market & Sanchez to transition into a new space which is full of exciting and new opportunities.(…)

Note from the Executive Director, Madison Young:

Femina Potens - street viewThis year has been one of huge milestones and growth for Femina Potens and myself. The gallery is turning 10 years old in only a couple weeks. I remember so distinctly the first gathering of Femina Potens. I had stolen the name from a tattoo on a girls arm, that stole my heart. The name: Femina Potens – meaning Powerful Women. Its Latin origin, a dead language, giving me room to redefine what it meant to be a Strong Woman, what it meant to be a Woman or one’s surrounding identity around feminine and masculine energies. I was only 20 years old but felt a very clear calling to create space for people to feel comfortable to express and explore their identity, their bodies, their boundaries, with out shame through art, sexuality, and education. I wanted to provide visibility of difference to those that were experiencing isolation so that they might see a reflection of themselves and their communities in art and performance. I’ve carried this vision out through my ventures with the gallery, film, performance and workshops. Its still something I believe wholeheartedly in and its amazing to see the growth, difference and visibility that we have been able to achieve for those who exist on the fringe, my fellow artistic and sexual playmates on the island of misfit toys. The strength and unity of our community here in San Francisco and abroad, truly amazes me.

10 years later, we have produced over 400 art & sexuality events for the community, garnered accolades from local and international press as well as television programs, been honored with Best of the Bay Awards, and had the distinguished pleasure of showcasing some of my favorite artists and performers in the world including Margaret Cho, Bell DeJour, Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, Dossie Easton, and Jack Halberstam.

And we aren’t done yet. Femina Potens is ready for the next level. We are taking a huge step this year and moving to a larger space on Market St that will provide more room, more programs, more artist’s resources, and further collaboration with community organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our move to our next gallery space won’t be taking place until later in 2011, but in the interim we will be providing all of our same amazing programming at Mission Control. In addition to the birth of our new space for Femina Potens, I’m bringing a new little “femina potens” into the world in 2011 as well. I’m expected to give birth to this powerful little girl in early March and can’t wait to share with my daughter the joys of feminism, body awareness, body positivity, and a safe space for her to discover her own identity.

Whether you have attended one event at Femina Potens, are an artist, a supporting member, devoted fan, performer, educator, filmmaker, smut maker, rebel rouser, sexual activist, writer, kinkster, sex worker or ally, thank you for your support and love and for making this an amazing first 10 years. We look forward to your support and energy in making the next ten years even more spectacular.

With all of my love, devotion, and powerful orgasms,
Madison Young
Executive Director
Femina Potens Art Gallery