Deptford X Festival, Sep 23 – Oct 2

22 September 2016

The Deptford X Festival is launching across sites in the Southeast London area, running September 23 to October 2.

As the English capital’s longest-running contemporary visual arts festival, the event presents a new core programme entitled, ‘Platform 2016’. Five emerging contemporary artists have been commissioned to create new and ambitious site-specific works in the London Borough of Deptford, offering “key support to young artists with great potential at an often overlooked stage of their nascent careers”.

The five artists selected to take part are Berry PattenJohann ArensJoey HolderManuel Mathieu and Takeshi Shiomitsu.

The ten-day festival will see these ambitious visual arts projects installed in a diverse range of sites and venues across Deptford, forming the core programme of the festival, named ‘Platform 2016’, which sits alongside the parallel Fringe festival.

There will be an afterparty at Wünderlust with music by artist Hannah Perry and @Gaybar art collective.

See the Deptford X website for details.**

Takeshi Shiomitsu, WASH (2014) @ Happy Times install photo. Courtesy the artist.
Takeshi Shiomitsu, WASH (2014). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Happy Times, London.
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Opening Party / Fuck What They Think @ Penarth Centre, Jul 15

13 July 2016

Fuck What They Think kicks off @Gaybar‘s two-week programme with the non-profit event Opening Party at Penarth Centre in London on July 15.

With DJ sets by DJ Summer Faggot Deathwish and DJ Tschan @Gaybar aims to “build an ark” where people can “mourn and dance” after the recent mass shooting in Orlando and of PoC across the U.S.

@Gaybar’s programme extends through July 30th promising more parties and dancing. Other events include a 3- day QTIPOC Twerkshop with Fannie Sosa, an evening of readings by Liv Wynter, Caspar Jade Heinemann, and Aurelia Guo, ‘Section 28 Film Club‘ hosted by Sam Cottington, and a performance by Chloe AD Fiilani in collaboration with Shenece Oretha.

See the FB event page page for more details.**

Opening Party / Fuck What They Think @Gaybar

Hannah Quinlan Anderson & Rosie Hastings, ‘Becoming Natural’ (2014),  Still. Courtesy Arcadia Missa, London.

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‘Programmed Inscriptions’ @ Landsarkivet, Jun 21

20 June 2016

Afternoon lecture and screening, ‘Programmed Inscriptions’,  is on at Gothenburg’s Landsarkivet in Sweden on June 22.

Organised by Gluey-c —the design and archiving collaboration also responsible the Communicating the Archive: Inscription lecture series last year —the event is centred around a lecture by writer and new media theorist Wendy Hui Kyong Chun examining the dissemination of writing in digital media which exists “everywhere and nowhere”, “widely and wildly”.

The press release continues, “we now write when we are silent through data analytics that link our silences to others’ noise.”

Artist duo Hannah QuinlanRosie Hastings, who have recently shown and screened work at DRAF in London and Room E 10-27 in Paris, will also screen film ‘UK Gay Bar Directory’. In their ongoing ‘@Gaybar’ project they ‘inscribe’ disappearing gay bars across the UK by using a GoPro camera when the spaces are empty, as it allows for the character of the bar to emerge, something in itself captured in short words amongst the the full title for the work: ‘UK Gay Bar Directory: Centre Stage / Vanilla / Eagle / Eva / Pink Rooms / Switch.’

Also screened during the short two-hour event will be film ‘Critical Mass: Pure Immanence’ by artist Anne De Vries whose recent show Submission at Cell Project Space in London contextualised it within a larger installation.

See the FB event page for more details.**

Hannah Quinlan + Rosie Hastings, 'Tifkas' (2015), video still. Courtesy the artists and Arcadia Missa, London
Hannah Quinlan + Rosie Hastings, ‘Tifkas’ (2015), video still. Courtesy the artists and Arcadia Missa, London.
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Hannah Quinlan + Rosie Hastings @ DRAF, May 13 – 28

11 May 2016

Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings are presenting installation How to Survive a Flood@GAYBAR at London’s David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF), opening May 13 and running to May 28.

As part of the Curators’ Series’ Ways of Living programme running to June 23, the London-based artist-duo will transform the DRAF Studio into a working bar featuring new video, audio, and light boxes that explore the history of New York gay resort Fire Island in relation to its present state of rapid gentrification and natural disaster.

The project aims to cite and critique the complicated identity of said LGBTQ community and its relationship with private property and privilege by reimagining it as a “queer, sci-fi and anarchic space” with works weaving CGI landscapes, found footage of post-Hurricane Sandy destruction and an audio piece produced by Jan Piasecki weaving together pop music and the sounds of ecological destruction.

How To Survive a Flood is a continuation of Quinlan and Hastings’ ongoing @gaybar project, where “queer politics and history are remade in the context of a gay bar”. The  programme will open with a cocktail party and bar-performance, as well as DJ sets by Nkisi (aka Melika Ngombe Kolongo) and Summer Faggot Deathwish (aka Sam Cottington).

There will also be another accompanying event featuring Paul Maheke on May 21.

See the DRAF website for details.**

@gaybar, I DONT KNOW WHY I LIKE IT, I JUST DO, DICK DICK DICK @GAYBAR (2014) @ Rye Lane Studios, London.
@gaybar, I DONT KNOW WHY I LIKE IT, I JUST DO, DICK DICK DICK @GAYBAR (2014) @ Rye Lane Studios, London.
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Abri de Swardt @ White Cubicle Toilet Gallery, Nov 26

26 November 2015

Abri de Swardt‘s SPF Matthew Barney exhibition is on at London’s White Cubicle Toilet Gallery on November 26.

As the tenth of eleven exhibitions at the toilet-cum-gallery at the George and Dragon pub in Shoreditch, the Johannesburg-born artist will show work for one night in the 1.40 x 1.40m space presented with no budget, staff or boundaries.

The event will include a DJ set by the @gaybar project, and follows recent exhibitions including ones by John Walter, and Steven Warwick (aka Heatsick).

See the FB event page for details.**

Abri de Swardt, Catapult Screensaver (2013). Installation view, MOT Projects.
Abri de Swardt, Catapult Screensaver (2013). Installation view, MOT Projects.

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Recommended for you @ Ali Baba Juice, Oct 1 – Oct 4

30 September 2015

London’s Ali Baba Juice is presenting an epic video playlist titled Recommended for you at the Peckham juice vendor, launching on October 1 and running during Art Licks Weekend to October 4.

Presented by the recent Ariel 2.0 performance programme organiser Leo Liccini along with Dylan Spencer-Davidson, the exhibition will open with a party and performances by the latter artist and Zoe Marden, and feature videos by a slew of artists on 80 smartphones, .

The list of contributors includes @gaybar‘s Hannah Quinlan Anderson and Rosie Hastings, Ilja Karilampi, and Eva PapamargaritiHannah PerryJala Wahid and Oskar ProctorJosh Bitelli, Tami Tamaki and Evan Ifekoya, to name a few.

See the Facebook event page for details.**

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Wet Protest @ Gaybar, Aug 28

28 August 2015

@Gaybar continues its activist party streak with a new event called Wet Protest at Penarth Centre in London tonight, August 28.

Created by artists Hannah Quinlan Anderson and Rosie Hastings, the party series has always combined LGBTQ activism with sweaty good times, and tonight’s no different. “The GAY LIBERATION FRONT became the GAY ACTIVIST ALLIANCE,” writes the event press release, which “became the Stonewall Movie but the G always stood for G-A-Y always stood for WHITE CIS GAY MAN and for transphobic lesbians who clock misogyny but not transmisogyny and racist radical queers”. 

Kicking off with a reading performance by Collyn Filani, the night will also feature tunes by DJ Kerrigan aka Natasha Lall, Summer Faggot Deathwish aka Sam Cottington, and Tschan aka Tschan Andrews.

See the FB event page for details. **

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TIFKAS @ Arcadia Missa, Mar 5 – Apr 4

4 March 2015

Artists Hannah Quinlan Anderson and Rosie Hastings come to Arcadia Missa for their first joint solo exhibition, titled TIFKAS and running from  March 5 to April 4.

The exhibition is envisioned as a re-materialisation of the idea of a gay bar as a politically queer space, an idea that stemmed from and with their joint 2014 project @Gaybar. Much like their project, the show envisages “a fantasy gay bar through reimagining queer iconography, history and writing that spans geological, political and temporal locations”.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a book titled after the @Gaybar project, with contributions from Caspar Heinemann, Jesse Darling, Hannah Black and Kate Tempest, and excerpts from the incredible part-memoirs of Leslie Feinberg in Stone Butch Blues.

See the artists’ joint website for details. **

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Gaybar celebrates Leslie Feinberg @ Rye Lane Studios, Dec 10

9 December 2014

Gaybar continues its Where is the body series at London’s Rye Lane Studios with a night dedicated to Leslie Feinberg on December 10.

The series founders, Hannah Quinlan Anderson and Rosie Hastings (Sonya Blade on FB) follow up August’s Monique Wittig reading and September’s Jackie Wang reading with a special night dedicated to the recently passed Leslie Feinberg, US transgender activist and author of the amazing Stone Butch Blues.

The night will feature free-flowing tequila, special readings by Hannah Black, Aimee Heinemann and Jesse Darling, as well as a screening of Anderson and Hasting’s new film.

See the FB event page for details. **


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I Don’t Know Why I Like It… @ Gay Bar, Aug 29 – 31

27 August 2014

London’s Rye Lane Studios will be hosting the I Don’t Know Why I Like It, I Just Do, Dick Dick Dick @GayBar exhibition from August 29 to 31.

With the institution of ‘gay’ deemed inextricable from the shifting logics of the gay bar itself, the exhibition and event series aims to re-fabricate the mythology of homosexuality. Starting with a private viewing and launch party on August 29, I Don’t Know Why I Like It… looks for a space of confused gender and sexuality, where “a sincere expression of embodiment unravels into a critique of these bodies”.

Created by Hannah Quinlan Anderson and Rosie Hastings, who are also the short exhibition’s headliners, Friday’s launch party will feature cheap cocktails, an exclusive guest list, and back-to-back DJs, including a DJing debut from Sam Thottington as Summer Faggot Death Wish with some “high-energy sad bliss faggot vibes” and a “#guninmypurse” dress code.

Aside from Thottington, the promo for the exhibition is done in collaboration with Sam Kenswil and Aimee Heinemann, and the three-day series will also feature a discussion of Monique Wittig’s The Straight Mind at the Where is the Body #3 event on August 31.

See the FB event page for details. **

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