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Royal Holloway to exhibit queer space

Posted on 03/04/2012
An exhibit from Queer, the Space

Claire Bessell will be facilitating craft and weaving workshops in a queer stitch and bitchesque style.

What is queer about the toilet? That is one of the questions that a group of artists, academics, and activists is posing in a number of exhibits to be showcased this May as part of a project called Queer, The Space.

Visitors to the exhibition, organised by Dr Emily Jeremiah from Royal Holloway, University of London in partnership with Dr Sarah Barnsley from Goldsmiths, University of London, will have their ideas about what is normal challenged as the artists use a range of media to explore issues of spatiality, orientation and agency.

Project members will use text, video, sound and performance to demonstrate how spaces can be inviting or prohibitive. In various ways, they will show how the self unfolds, or fails to unfold, in space.

Dr Jeremiah, from the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway, explains: “We’ve been working with all sorts of ideas: poetry readings one strains to see or hear; fragmented, dispersed images; texts rewritten in subversive and unexpected ways; maps that lead you off-course, out of line. After all, queer is about desire that finds alternative, unofficial channels, about bodies that don’t line up.” Dr Jeremiah notes that the term has aesthetic, academic, political and ethical implications – all of which will emerge in the showcase.

Queer, The Space: The Showcase, which is funded by The Culture Capital Exchange, will take place at the Centre for Creative Collaboration on Thursday 24 May. Places are FREE but limited and must be booked in advance. Book your place on the event website.


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