Sensual Mis-play: Sexual desire and acts of self-presencing. EN

15 March 2018

10.30-13.30

With: Hanne Lippard, AnnaMaria Pinaka, Julius Thissen.

(no more places for this programme part available, go to ‘register’ for the waiting list)

This program aims to stretch and morph economies of desire that largely continue to be organized through regimes of visual pleasure. The work of artists Hanne Lippard, AnnaMaria Pinaka and Julius Thissen propose polysensual images of sexuality and desire. Working through various forms of self-presencing they play with existing conventions, giving shape to alternative states of sensual experience, embodiment and criticality.

Hanne Lippard uses her body and words to dismember established standards produced in advertising and language that structure our relation to, and estrangement from, our bodies. The voice is for her a reverberation of the self, it requires and intimates a self-presence. Lippard’s hypnotic voice plays on her listeners’ sense of complacency, continually wavering from feelings of comfort to discomfort through the use of rhythm, timing, and intonation.

AnnaMaria Pinaka experiments with a methodology she calls porno-graphing that involves the reappropriation of sexual and pornographic representations to propose alternative mappings of sexual intimacy. Taking the ecstasies of mundane sex life as artistic material, her lens-based work acknowledges the anxieties of self-exposure, about feeling, enduring and embodying dirtiness. Porno-graphing aims to remediate binary position of art/porn, public/private and healthy/pathological by pointing to the excess of space that spans these positionings.

Julius Thissen performances, photographs and films question how gender and sexuality are distributed through visual tropes and are embodied in social expectations and behaviors. The artist is always present in his work alongside his muse, a tactic that throws Western typologies of masculinity into relief, revealing, as the title of one of his work suggests, how “one size fits nobody”. Thissen’s use of the term toxic-masculinity speaks of the struggles of a body abstracted from itself in a social media scape obsessed with profiling and self-representation.

The program Sensual Mis-Play consists of various segments: a performance by Lippard, presentations and dialogue between the artistic positions of Pinaka and Thissen, followed by an artist talk by Lippard. Throughout the program the audience will be invited to actively partake in the unfolding conversations with the aim of opening up disjunctions in current economies of sexual desire and envisaging empowering acts of self-presencing therein.

In collaboration with BEAR, Anik Fournier and James Beckett (School of Missing Men)

Location

Rozet
Kortestraat 16, Arnhem