AboutPrivate view and soul licking performance: Tuesday 1 June 2010, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Elke Auer and Esther Straganz use found objects, poems and quotidian materials to create installations, performances and wearable sculptures exploring the micro-politics of gender, sex and sexuality. The body, its thresholds and possible extensions are at the heart of the artists' interest. Conscious of the weight of their subject, and the extensive meanings and associations that accompany it, they have found a way of tackling it - in a manner that is playful, and simultaneously shockingly open.
For Lick Our Souls" at the Visual Arts Platform, Auer and Straganz will work on becoming wave - a giant wave of many hands, legs and souls, rolling fast, wild and unstoppable, collecting all kinds of vectors of collective queer intelligence. The result will be a complex multi-dimensional arrangement, an inter-zone where all kinds of possibilities and conflicts suddenly appear, causing a ridiculous chaos of violent happiness. Citing Elizabeth Grosz, they remind us that "there is an instability at the very heart of sex and bodies...and that what any body is capable of doing is well beyond the tolerance of any given culture.â