Contemporary artists Franko B, Oreet Ashery, Ralf Obergfell, Tony Hornecker and Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre will be participating and exhibiting their work in a week long exploration of Gender and Performance at the Royal College of Art.
Organised by the RCA Students' Union, the exhibition and symposium (on 24 February) will question how gender, sex, embodiment and the real are constructed, participated in and performed. The events are part of DiverseRCA, a programme of public events that looks at strands of human rights including race, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, disability and age in relation to art and design. The aim is to explore how art and design can provide a unique understanding of each strand of human rights that is beyond existing policy or sociological knowledge.
The symposium on 24 February opens with Franko B's sculpture of a swing, I'm Thinking Of You. A succession of naked volunteers will participate in the work accompanied by specially composed music. Followed by Tony Hornecker's installation of 'peep booths' constructed out of old doors and found materials. Amid a live soundtrack provided by Per QX, performers including Jonny Woo, Ryan Styles, and Pia Arber, will occupy the booths. Viewers are invited to take on the role of the voyeur, peeping through cracks, small openings and keyholes to see a range of characters.
Franko B and Oreet Ashery will talk about their work, and then join a panel discussion with Ron Athey (performance artist, Pia Arber (performer), Stephen Wood (poet and stay-at-home dad) and chaired by Dr Claire Pajaczkowska, Senior Research Tutor at the RCA.