"Our access to water, gas, electricity and sanitation was designed in the modern sense, during the Victorian Era. Also during this era sexuality and desire were subject to scientific analysis, spun into a matrix of knowledge, truth, control, the power of the unseen and confessional in contrast to pleasure or the erotic. Both infrastructure and sexuality have emerged as non-neutral entities. Sexuality has been widely discussed but infrastructure remains oblique and yet fundamental to the formation of subjecthood and social behaviours. The site of the cultural institution finds itself as critical to the recalibration of infrastructure, due to the accumulation and valorisation of a neoliberal agenda within its beams. For this we need an erotics of approach to both."
This one-day workshop invites a close group of artists, writers and theorists to present research material on or around infrastructure. For the different contributors, this will take various forms. From artworks and films to the provision of utilities and models for social organisation, infrastructure will be widely implicated in the erotic, the pleasurable, the charged, the circuitous.
Patricia L Boyd
Rachal Bradley was born and raised in Blackpool and is now based in Nottingham, where she lives with her partner and son. Bradley is a lecturer in the Fine Art Department at Nottingham Trent University. Recent solo presentations include, Of Sex, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Frieze, London (2016); Foreign Press, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich; and Only for Loving Medium, Present Future, Artissima, Turin, selected by Fatima Hellberg (both 2015). Selected group exhibitions include, TG, Nottingham at SUNDAY art fair; Le Bourgeois, 3236RLS, London; Neo-Pagan Bitch Witch’, curated by Lucy Stein and Franc-Lise McGurn, Evelyn Yard, London; Je Suis Feministe, Penarth Centre, London (all 2016); Repeating, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster; and CLINIC, a two-person exhibition with Patricia L Boyd, YEARS, Copenhagen (2014).
Emily Jones is an artist living in London. INCREASE THE AREA OF INVIOLABLE NATURAL RESERVES TO HALF THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH OR GREATER, spatial planning, crisis management, children's education, online apps, public spaces, and to every living thing that creepeth upon the earth. What if it's all true? GO BEYOND MILITARY TERMS FOR HUMAN SECURITY (decarbonise prosperity) Recent exhibitions include Half Earth, VEDA, Florence (2017); News From Nowhere, Cordova, Vienna, (2016); Echolocation, Almanac Inn, Turin (2016) and We Are The People We Have Been Waiting For, Arcadia Missa, London (2015) emilyjones.info
Artist and writer Ghislaine Leung, lives and works in London and Brussels. Recent solo projects include The Moves at Cell Project Space, London, 078746844 at WIELS, Brussels and group projects YOUR WORDS IN MY MOUTH | MY VOICE ON YOUR TONGUE at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Hollis & Money at ICA, London. Her collection of writings Partners is forthcoming in 2017.
Helena Vilalta is a PhD candidate in the history of art department at University College London and an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins.
Jess Wiesner lives and works in London. She attended de Ateliers in Amsterdam and has been exhibiting both collaborative projects and solo work including at Hessell Museum, NewYork; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; Montague Space, London; KW Berlin; Tate Modern, London; CIC, Cairo and Kunsthall Oslo. She recently attended RUPERT residency programme in Lithuania and Cove Park in Scotland.