Interview with Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz (2009)

Interview with Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz about Salomania (2009). Salomania is a film (16 min) and installation by Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz. The performers in the short film are Yvonne Rainer and Wu Ingrid Tsang.

Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz have collaborated since 1998 and their work has been extensively exhibited internationally.

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Queer Art: A Freak Theory by Renate Lorenz

 

Queer Art: A Freak Theory by Renate Lorenz

Queer Art: A Freak Theory
by Renate Lorenz
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Transcript-Verlag (April 5, 2012)
ISBN-10: 3837616851
ISBN-13: 978-3837616859

Renate Lorenz’s book Queer Art: A Freak Theory is a queer theory of visual art – based on extensive readings of art works Queer Art traces the question of how strategies of denormalization initiated by visual arts can be continued through writing. In the book’s three chapters art theoretical debates are combined with queer theory, post-colonial theory, and (dis-)ability studies, proposing the three terms radical drag, transtemporal drag, and abstract drag. The works discussed include those by Zoe Leonard, Shinique Smith, Jack Smith, Wu Ingrid Tsang, Ron Vawter, Bob Flanagan, Henrik Olesen, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sharon Hayes, and Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz.

About Renate Lorenz

Renate Lorenz (PhD) works as an artist and as an independent author, mostly in the fields of queer, gender, and art theory. She is professor of art and research at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
Berlin based Renate Lorenz has collaborated with Pauline Boudry 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.

Other Publications

„TEMPORAL DRAG“, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, 2011, Catalogue, Texts by Elisabeth Freeman, Mathias Danbolt, Marc Siegel, Diedrich Diederichsen, Denis Pernet and interview with Andrea Thal. Presents documentations of the works Contagious, Charming for the Revolution, Salomania, N.O. Body and Normal Work, Published and distributed by Hatje Cantz – an english-french version is available from Musée des Beaux-Arts Lausanne.

„Salomania“, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, 2010, Fanzine, Ellen de Bruijne

„Normal Work“, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, 2008, Catalogue, interview with P.Boudry and R.Lorenz by Antke Engel, text by Gregg Bordowitz, b-books.

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