Pauline Boudry/ Renate Lorenz / Dora García 08/09/12 – 27/10/12

Ellen de Bruijne Projects proudly presents the new work Toxic by Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz. The artists’ work revisits documents from the past, photographs, and films, researching the history of erased or illegible “queer” moments. Through their films and installations, the artists appropriate historical images to allow a displacement or a skewing of authority, and the means that lead to such knowledge.

These questions are at the heart of their new project Toxic, which will take the form of an installation with film, devised in collaboration with the performers Ginger Brooks Takahashi and Werner Hirsch, and a seminar, which was produced at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers and presented as part of the La Triennale in Paris. The discourse on toxicity installs violent hierarchies between normal and non-normal/queer bodies, between abled bodies and nonabled bodies, between “us” and “strangers”, middle-class bodies and working-class bodies. And what happens if another technology and its history (film camera and images instead of chemical substances) is focused from a perspective of toxicity? While the cinematic apparatus tries to allow for unmediated objectivity and knowledge about “stranger danger” (Sara Ahmed, 2000), it might—as dirty and uncanny by-products— also produce ec/static bodies and queer connections.

Toxic arises from Boudry and Lorenz’s interest in the performances of Jack Smith and the “Theater of the Ridiculous” in the 1960s and 1970s, which formulated an anarchic and outrageous critique of capitalism and normal bodies, by integrating selfreferential aspects into his stage shows.

On September 23rd at 6PM Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz will give a lecture at the gallery on their new work Toxic. Afterwards there will be an Q&A with the artists, moderated by Vivian Ziherl.

‘Are you happy?’
Q&A, Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, with Vivian Ziherl.

The research and video project ‘Toxic‘ was commissioned as a contribution to ‘Intense Proximity‘ – the Paris Triennale 2012 – and opened with the start of the summer at La Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers in Paris. As the season turns to autumn, Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz discuss and reflect upon the project at its second presentation at Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam.

The title of the session ‘Are you happy?‘ calls with a double-voice to the cinéma vérité classic ‘Chronicle of a Summer‘ (1960) by Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin, as well as to the dramatic focal-point of ‘Toxic‘. Reading these together, the conversation will discuss anthopo-logics and queer counter-consciouness in artistic production and display. The Q&A session is framed and facilitated by critic and curator Vivian Ziherl.

‘Are you happy?’ – Q&A, Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, with Vivian Ziherl.
Sunday September 23rd, at 6 PM
at Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Rozengracht 207A Amsterdam

Project space: The Inadequate by Dora García

In the project space of the gallery Ellen de Bruijne Projects exhibits the archive of the project The Inadequate by Dora Garcia. The Inadequate is the project that was shown at the Spanish pavilion in the Giardini during the Venice Biennale 2011.

The Inadequate is an extended performance, made of objects, conversations, monologues, theatre, silences and debate. The protagonists of this multiple, collective performance, spanning several generations, with a strong accent in the Italian scene as an object of research, are experts in the notion of ‘inadequacy’. They represent independent, underground, dissident, unofficial, marginal and exiled positions.

What does ‘inadequate’ mean? In this respect, we refer to the following quote by Erving Goffman in Encounters (1961): ‘To be awkward or unkempt, to talk or move wrongly, is to be a dangerous giant, a destroyer of worlds. As every psychotic and comic ought to know, any accurately improper move can poke through the thin sleeve of immediate reality.

Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz / Dora García
September 8th until October 27th
Opening: September 8th, 5-7PM
Event: Sunday September 23rd, 6PM

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