The Vienna-based artist explores normalised masculinity and heterogeneity as represented on screen through a multimedia practice, spanning sculpture, painting, photography and video. Interrogating representations of queerness and contemporary gay culture in mainstream media, and particularly its “reliance on heteronormative terminology and traditions,” Timischil’s work explores gender and sexuality through the lens of mainstream media.
See the Galerie Emanuel Layr website for details.**
The Acoustic Mirrors group exhibition is on at London’s Diaspore, opening March 29 and running to April 30.
Curated by Lou-Atessa Marcellin and Edward Hill of Friche, the show includes contributions from A—Z, Lucie Beauvert, Chroma Yoga, Friche, Rebecca Glover, Louis Henderson, Edward Hill, Lou-Atessa Marcellin, Tom McCaughan, Inês Neto dos Santos, Yuri Pattison, Rachel Pimm, The Quorum, The Restart Project, RCA School Group, Superlative TV, Chooc Ly Tan, Konstantinos Trichas, Theo Turpin and The Waggle Dancers.
The press release leaves little to be revealed, but includes fragmentary sentences that ask us to piece together and create relations between “generating flows of images no one has the stomach to digest” and “a half asleep flower [who] wakes up in a rage and throws her smartphone at the face of her inquisitor.” Ending in “Resistance is the first move, listening is the strategy, conversation comes next?” we can expect a program dedicated to fostering community and dialogue, and its place within finding answers.
Diaspore is project space commited to ideas of “ecology(ies), ecosystems and their communities” and is led by artists, scientists, chefs and other community groups, and is open to “all who wish to get involved.”
See the Diaspore website for details.**
Featuring a range of works by the Bucharest-based transdisciplinary art collective, founded in January 2011 by Erika Olea, Maria Farcas, Ioana Nemes (1979 – 2011) and Dragos Olea, the show included large frames of hand dyed leather and poetic texts that, according to the press release, raise questions around “the registers of visibility or non-visibility, the notions of occultation, resistance and commitment in relation to the present.”
Several Laws… is the first time the works have been exhibited in an academic context, re-read through the theme of ‘Stealth’ and the human body, where “its natural or artificial shields (skin and clothing) are at stake and become the battlefield of contradictory ideological projections, bearing conflicts or simmering with hidden controversies.”**
The Philadelphia-based artist and sound-designer, also known as Mhysa and one half of SCRAAATCH, explores softness, safety and cyberspace, and will be showing a series of sculptural collages that attempt to “claim a space and orient it towards the Black woman.”
Looking at the ‘Black diva’ of the 90s, the work creates a narrative around a brown dwarf who, with the help of Mhysa/the Black diva’s magic, becomes “more a planet, though still alone, without a parent body to orbit.”
See the American Medium website for details.**
The event is part of Ireland’s PLASTIK Festival of Artists Moving Image, running March 24 to 26, and is run in in collaboration with London’s LUX Moving Image. Other notable events include screenings ‘A Flight From Reason,’ curated by Yuri Pattison, and ‘Vertical Landscapes,’ curated by Sasha Litvintseva.
The LA-based performance and video artist, Hirsch, will be performing the new work which “delves into the predicament of her recent marriage, a growing addiction to pornography, and an endearing bitterness for sex positive feminism.” Hirsch’s practice looks at culture and gender through the lens of technology, and in usually occupying the subject in front of the lens, she deals with “personal issues with emotion, sincerity, and comical levity.”
See the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios website for details.**