‘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.’ Rachal Bradley
This one-day workshop invites a close group of artists, writers, curators 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
This workshop is organised as part of Rachal Bradley's current residency at Gasworks. Full schedule to be announced.