Carlos Motta

Patriots, citizens, lovers was developed in conversation with Ukrainian journalist Maxim Ivanukha as a commission of the PinchukArtCentre’s Future Generation Art Prize 2014 and is composed of ten urgent interviews with Ukrainian LGBTI and queer activists who discuss the critical and dire situation of lesbian, gay, trans and intersex lives in Ukraine in times of war[…] Social invisibility, physical and psychological abuse, political violence, and a deeply patriarchal culture frame the context for the difficult work of LGBTI activists who denounce discrimination and demand the transformation of the system.

BEHNAZ FARAHI

Caresse du regard
Pour Caresse du regard, Farahi a travaillé avec AutoDesk, PIER9 (où elle est actuellement artiste en résidence) et MADWORKSHOP pour créer une cape couvrant la poitrine recouverte d’une belle couche de plumes en forme de plumes. Bien qu’elles semblent douces au toucher, les piquants peuvent en fait détecter le regard d’un autre (un homme, comme le montre la vidéo ci-dessous) et se dilater et se contracter lorsque ses yeux se déplacent autour du corps. Un microcontrôleur connecté à la caméra de la cape peut également détecter l’âge et le sexe du spectateur, aidant peut-être le porteur à discerner ses motivations.

Jake Elwes

Cusp
A familiar childhood location on the Essex marshes is reframed by inserting images randomly generated by a neural network (GAN*) into this tidal landscape. Initially trained on a photographic dataset, the machine proceeds to learn the embedded qualities of different marsh birds, in the process revealing forms that fluctuate between species, with unanticipated variations emerging without reference to human systems of classification. Birds have been actively selected from among the images conceived by the neural network, and then combined into a single animation that migrates from bird to bird, accompanied by a soundscape of artificially generated bird song. The final work records these generated forms as they are projected, using a portable perspex screen, across the mudflats in Landermere Creek.

Roger Hiorns

罗杰·海恩斯
A retrospective view of the pathway

His work revolves around the contemporary problem of understanding the meaning and significance of the world. It uses objects and behaviors that are opposed to the more conditioned and appropriate approaches of its predecessors and contemporaries. Hiorns has worked with Naked Youths, antidepressants, jet engines, buried airliners, steroids, sexual activity, and crystallization. In order to identify dominant objects and behaviors in the Western world, she asserts the need for an awareness in harmony with the world’s process, a necessary awareness for progress in improving this disappointing time for the development of human potential.

DUMBTYPE

LIEBHABER (LOVERS)
Computergesteuerte Fünfkanal-Video- / Toninstallation mit fünf Videoprojektoren, einem Achtkanal-Soundsystem und Diaprojektoren […] Als Bild  schlägt ein Liebespaar häufig eine Burg der Ausgrenzung vor. Mit der sexuellen Befreiung der letzten Jahrzehnte hat das Wort nun mehr mit körperlicher Kopplung zu tun als mit der Erhabenheit der „wahren Liebe“. AIDS hat dieser Paarung eine neue Dimension der Vorsicht hinzugefügt. Die lebensgroßen Tänzer in Lovers haben kein Leben mehr. Die nackten Figuren werden auf die schwarzen Wände eines quadratischen Raums projiziert und haben eine spektrale Qualität. Ihre Bewegungen sind einfach und sich wiederholend. Sie gehen hin und her, laufen und rennen mit tierischer Anmut. Ihre Handlungen werden im Laufe der Zeit vertraut, so dass es eine Überraschung ist, wenn zwei der durchscheinenden Körper in einer virtuellen Umarmung zusammenkommen. Diese angeblichen Liebhaber – mehr überlappend als berührend – sind physisch nicht miteinander verflochten.

Shu Lea Cheang

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Taiwan in Venice 2019
“For those who don’t know her, Shu Lea Cheang is a figure of Net art and the cyberfeminist movement that emerged in the 1990s. Living in New York at the time, she was also an active member of the activist video collective Paper Tiger Television (as was French filmmaker Nathalie Magnan). Since then, Cheang’s work has dealt with “concerns including sex, futures, gender, ecology, money, media, and food [to] encompass film, installation, online work, social processes, and direct intervention in the sociopolitical, technical and aesthetic systems, and the imaginaries which co-compose them,” writes Matthew Fuller

DUMBTYPE

LOVERS
Computer-controlled, five-channel video/sound installation with five video projectors, eight-channel sound system, and slide projectors […] As an image, a pair of lovers often suggests a castle of exclusion. With the sexual liberation of the last few decades, the word now has more to do with physical coupling than with the sublimity of “true love.” AIDS has added a new dimension of wariness to this pairing. The life-size dancers in Lovers are drained of life. Projected onto the black walls of a square room, the naked figures have a spectral quality. Their movements are simple and repetitive. Back and forth, they walk and run with animal grace. Their actions become familiar over time, so that it is a surprise when two of the translucent bodies come together in a virtual embrace. These ostensible lovers–more overlapping than touching–are not physically entwined.

Tod Machover

Death and the Powers

Science fiction and poignant family drama combine in one of the most stunning, cutting-edge operas of the 21st century, with a libretto by former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, coming to the stage of the Winspear Opera House in a production directed by Diane Paulus, designed by Alex McDowell (Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report) and conducted by Nicole Paiement (TDO’s The Lighthouse).This visually spectacular robot pageant by MIT Media Lab’s Tod Machover tells the story of a terminally ill billionaire, sung by Robert Orth, who downloads his consciousness into “the System” and proceeds to use all his powers to persuade his loved ones to join him there. Without bodies, without the possibility of touch, sex, suffering, and death — are we still genuinely human?Explore these existential questions and much more in a piece Variety described as “playful, lyrical and…mesmerizing.” Also starring Joélle Harvey as Miranda, Patricia Risley as Evvy, and Hal Cazalet in his Dallas Opera debut as Nicholas.

Adam Martinakis

Ses œuvres me semblent trop interconnectées, elles se concentrent principalement sur les thèmes du corps, son rapport avec la vie, la mort et la sexualité à l’ère numérique. Générées par ordinateur, ces sculptures numériques ont un caractère photoréaliste et surréaliste, qui selon lui est «un mélange de futurisme post-fantastique et de symbolisme abstrait». Bárbara Anjos

AES+F

Inverso Mundus
The title of the work, Inverso – both an Italian “reverse, the opposite” and the Old Italian “poetry,” and Mundus – the Latin “world,” hints at a reinterpretation of reality, a poetic vision. In our interpretation, the absurdist scenes from the medieval carnival appear as episodes of contemporary life in a multichannel video installation. Characters act out scenes of absurd social utopias and exchange masks, morphing from beggars to rich men, from policemen to thieves. Metrosexual street-cleaners are showering the city with refuse. Female inquisitors torture men on IKEA-style structures. Children and seniors are fighting in a kickboxing match. Inverso Mundus is a world where chimeras are pets and the Apocalypse is entertainment.

Francesco Cavalli

Eliogabalo (Heliogabalus)
Written in 1667 by Italian composer Francesco Cavalli, the opera is based on the life of the Roman child emperor Heliogabalus, who anointed himself a sun god and was known for overt displays of wealth, power and sexuality.more

MARIA MARTINS

“O impossivel”

They touch. They bite. They get warm. They penetrate. They are made. They get rid of. They stick their tongues in. They put the body in. They get body. They split up. They exist.
They want to be one. It is impossible (“O impossivel”). Which means that a single body, as you would like, is impossible. It can not. For a moment yes, for a moment they can. But no, they can’t. Impossible. They cannot be one. Despite the bites. Their bodies are different. They were born and will die self-absorbed, in themselves. Between them there is an abyss, a discontinuity. But they want to be continuous, they want their bodies to be one body. Since they cannot, they celebrate the sacrifice of the meat. “Essentially,” says Georges Bataille, “the field of eroticism is the field of violence, the field of rape.” Isn’t it violent, perhaps, to want to break the discontinuity of the other closed in on itself? Isn’t it violent to force the discontinuity of the other to be a continuous whole with him? O impossível by the Brazilian Maria Martins (1894/1973) shows the excesses of sex (take note: excess, sex). Or impossível is the moment in which the organs swell with blood and gush sexuality. The moment when animality makes us gloriously human.

E.V. DAY

Butterfly
E.V. Day ist ein in New York ansässiger Installationskünstler und Bildhauer, dessen Arbeit Themen wie Sexualität und Humor unter Verwendung schwerkraftwidriger Aufhängungstechniken untersucht. Sie hat ihre Arbeit als “futuristische abstrakte Malerei in drei Dimensionen” beschrieben. Day erhielt ihren MFA in Skulptur von der Yale University School of Art. Die erste Arbeit in ihrer Exploding Couture-Reihe, Bombshell, wurde in die Biennale 2000 des Whitney Museum of American Art aufgenommen und befindet sich jetzt in der ständigen Sammlung des Museums. Sie hatte zahlreiche Einzelausstellungen, darunter die Installation G-Force von 2001 im Whitney Museum in Altria, in der sie Hunderte von Riemen in Kampfjetformationen von der Decke hängte, und eine zehnjährige Übersichtsausstellung im Jahr 2004 im Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art an der Cornell University. Bride Fight, eine Hochspannungsreihe aus zwei sich duellierenden Brautkleidern, wurde 2006 im Lever House als Teil ihrer Sammlung ausgestellt.