London: Films by Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz

Charming for the Revolution

Press photo: Charming for the Revolution, courtesy of Tate Modern and the artists.

Three films
by Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz
Friday 1 February 2013, 19.00
The Tanks at Tate Modern, London, UK

The work of Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz reflects on the interplay of sexuality, sexual perversions and representation, continuously returning to unrepresented or illegible moments in history.

The artists will introduce and reflect on each of the works followed by a Q&A after the screening. The film programme features:

CHARMING FOR THE REVOLUTION
Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz
16mm/DVD 11 min. loop , 2009
Performance: Werner Hirsch

“With a wink to Jack Smith, the New York underground performer and filmmaker from the 60’s to the 80’s, as well as to the history of queer and feminist calls such as “wages for housework!”, the film recreates the “housewife” as an ambiguous figure with an open future.”

No Future / No Past

Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz
Installation with two Super 16mm films / HD,
15 min and 15 min, 2011
Performance: Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Fruity Franky, Werner Hirsch, Olivia Anna Livki, G. Rizo

No Future / No Past is a film installation and part of a series of two films that both work on punk archives from the period between 1976 and 2031 investigating the radical negativity, the self-destructiveness and the dystopia of this past moment.
The ” four musicians (Ginger Brooks Takahashi/”Men”; Fruity Franky/”Lesbians on Ecstasy”; G. Rizo; Olivia Anna Livki), and a choreographer (Werner Hirsch)–stage and practice outmoded acts and sentiments of the past that have been deemed useless. The musician-performers provisionally take over the positions of four musicians from the punk movement: Darby Crash, the gay band leader of ”The Germs”, Poly Styrene the singer of the very influential band ”X-Ray-Spex”, Alice Bag, lead singer of the LA Band ”The Bags”, and Joey Ramone, singer of the band ”The Ramones”.”

Normal Work
Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz
Installation with film and
13 photographs, 2007
Performance: Werner Hirsch

“The film „normal work“ asks whether the cros- sings of social hierarchies of class, gender, and „race“ that Hannah Cullwick staged and that she obviously desired have today become generalized into a paradoxical requirement in the field of labor.”
In the film we watch the performer Werner Hirsch / Hannah Cullwick attempt to imitate poses of the 19th century photos of Hannah Cullwick as a maid, a slave, a bourgeois man and a woman.
Werner Hirsch / Hannah Cullwick orients him/ herself to his/her memory, to a mirror, or to a „model“ that is not in the image, or to instructions that are called out to him/her, also from outside the space of the frame.

About the Artists

Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz have collaborated since 1998 and their work has been extensively exhibited internationally. Recent solo shows include Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (Paris Triennale), 2012; Swiss off-site Pavilion, as part of Chewing the Scenery, Venice Biennale, 2011; Les Complices, Zurich, 2010; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, 2010.

Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz say about their work: “Our works often revisit materials from the past, usually photographs or films, referring to and excavating unrepresented or unlegible moments of queerness in history. These works show embodiments which are not only able to cross different times, but also to draw relations between these different times, thus revealing possibilities for a queer futurity.”

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

The above event is a part of Charming for the Revolution: A Congress for Gender Talents and Wildness February 1 – 3, 2013. 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.

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London: Toxic Play In Two Acts

The German artist duo Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz present their first solo exhibition titled: Toxic Play in Two Acts at South London Gallery,65-67 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UH December 14, 2012 – January 24, 2012.
The exhibition consists of Toxic, installation with Super 16mm film / HD,
13 min and archive, 2012 and Salomania, film, 17’, and installation, 2009, alongside a programme of performance, screenings and talks.

They say in an artist statement at their website: ‘Our works often revisit materials from the past, usually photographs or films, referring to and excavating unrepresented or unlegible moments of queerness in history. These works show embodiments which are not only able to cross different times, but also to draw relations between these different times, thus revealing possibilities for a queer futurity‘.

About the Artists
The Berlin-based artists Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz have collaborated since 1998 and their work has been extensively exhibited internationally. Recent solo shows include Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (Paris Triennale), 2012; Swiss off-site Pavilion, as part of Chewing the Scenery, Venice Biennale, 2011; Les Complices, Zurich, 2010; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, 2010.

Related Link
Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz’ website

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

“Sõnastamata lood” / Untold Stories

Press photo: Untold Stories“Sõnastamata lood” / Untold Stories
May 8 – 26, 2010
Opening: May 7 at 18:00
Tallinna Kunstihoone, K-P 12-18
Vabaduse väljak 6
Tallinn, Estonia
Wed-Sun 12-18

Press release by Anders Härm, Rebeka Põldsam & Airi Triisberg

You are cordially welcome to the opening of Untold Stories on Saturday May 7, 2011 at 6 pm.

Artists:
Malin Arnell & Kajsa Dahlberg & Johanna Gustavsson & Fia-Stina Sandlund in collaboration with Zoe Leonard, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Sezgin Boynik & Kalle Hamm & Minna L. Henriksson & Dzamil Kamanger, Liisi Eelmaa & Minna Hint, Conny Karlsson, Dagmar Kase, Kiwa & Terje Toomistu, M.L., Marcus Lindeen, Karin Michalski & Sabina Baumann, Nallem, Flemming Rolighed, Emily Roysdon, Jaanus Samma, Mariá Takács, Mare Tralla, Anna-Stina Treumund.

Participants of the Eventprogram:
A.K. Burns & A.L. Steiner, Kajsa Dahlberg, Kaspars Goba & Ieva Ubele, Ana Hoffner, Kiwa & Terje Toomistu, Robert Kulpa, Karin Michalski, Aurora Reinhard, Mariá Takács and many others.

curators: Anders Härm, Rebeka Põldsam, Airi Triisberg
architect: Karli Luik
graphic design: Jaanus Samma

The contemporary art exhibition titled Untold Stories, which is part of both the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 and the Diversity Enriches project focuses on the problems of sexual minorities, primarily as they relate to social, political and historical issues. The exhibition is accompanied by a diverse programme of events that includes discussions, screenings, and presentations. Untold Stories is almost the only project in the Capital of Culture programme that deals with the theme of sexual minorities. The exhibition is also collaborating with the Diversity Enriches project and the week of LGBT solidarity and culture – The Festival of Expanding Your World – which will take place from June 6th to 12th.

The works on display at the exhibition approach the topic primarily from a documentary viewpoint, by telling stories about homophobia and representations of homosexuality in Estonia, the everyday problems of sexual minorities in the workplace or as parents, and the cultural history of lesbians and gays during the socialist period in Eastern Europe. The stories are told by analysing single cases or by dealing with an entire era or cultural mindset.

'Out', photo by Mare Tralla, Estonia, 2011

‘Out’, photo by Mare Tralla, Estonia, 2011

The exhibition is framed by a queer-feminist point of departure. Next to topics related to lesbians and gays, it also focuses on other often marginalised sexualities, such as bi-, trans- and intersexuality. The emphasis on the letter combination LGBTQI indicates the complexity of sexual and gender positions, against the background of which the following subjects are examined: the narrowness of binary gender roles, the constructed nature of gendered bodies, and the hard work involved in fitting or not fitting into the gender roles recognised by society.

The third set of topics at the exhibitions deals with the discourse on so-called “repressive tolerance”, the relations between the queer movement and the public at large at the political level of self-expression. Also under examination are the dichotomy between the power of sexual minorities (primarily over themselves and their bodies) and the inability (to validate themselves), and the possibilities/impossibilities of participating in public life and politics. In this context, the phenomenon of homonormativity and the multiple marginalisations of minorities among themselves are also dealt with.

The project also tries to take its theme outside the exhibition hall, and vice versa, by bringing events into the exhibition hall to change it into social space. Therefore, an extensive programme of additional events accompanies the exhibition. As a rule, the event programme will take place on Thursdays at 6 pm and information about them is available on the Kunsthalle website at www.kunstihoone.ee. [The first event will be short film screening and artist talk with Karin Michalski and Aurora Reinhard taking place May 8, 2011, 16:00 at Tallinna Kunstihoone, Vabaduse väljak 6, Tallinn, Estonia].

Designer Jaanus Samma and architect Karli Luik have tried to use the graphics and architectural design in order to create an experimental “queer space”, which would support the exhibition’s ideological point of departure. Because an in-depth visit to the exhibition may be time-consuming, it will be possible to visit the Kunsthalle twice with the same ticket. Please contact the Kunstahalle ticket office for more information.

We thank: Estonian Cultural Endowment, British Council, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Kulturkontakt Nord, Metropol hotel, Sõprus cinema, Fellin Furniture, Estonian National Agency for Youth in Action Programme, Human Rights Center.

Further information:
Anders Härm
6442818
anders(at)kunstihoone.ee

Rebeka Põldsam
rebekap(at)gmail.com

Airi Triisberg
airi_triisberg(at)yahoo.com
www.kunstihoone.ee