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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 26, 2007

 

 
Queer Geography: Copenhagen
Site: Harbor front behind HC. Oersteds power plant/ Flo Maak

Queer Geography: Copenhagen
Site: Amager Faelled Park/ Lasse Lau
 
 
Queer Geography: Copenhagen
Site: Harbor front behind HC. Oersteds power plant/ Lasse Lau
 
 
Queer Geography: Copenhagen
Site:
Rooftop on Vesterbro/ Flo Maak
 
Queer Geography: Copenhagen
Site:
Harbor front behind HC. Oersteds power plant/ Flo Maak

Queer Geography: Tijuana
with Artist-in-Residence: Lasse Lau

Workshop dates: 3/15-3/18 (see below for details)

Exhibition opening: Saturday, March 24, 2007, 8-11pm

Is there certain logic to queer geography?

The aim for this workshop at the Lui Velazquez Artist Space is to collectively think through models that can change, recover, appropriate or even occupy public spaces for queer social purposes.  

Queer space is often historically seen as a powerless structure that exists parallel to streets, sculptures, parks, public toilets, beaches, etc. and time-to-time gets appropriated socially into the realm of queer meanings. The hegemony of global economy has lately more frequently changed social structures in society and has resulted in the filtering of social uses in the public space. This workshop wants to examine these so-called “queer oasis,” and their special significance, and to look into the role of gender relations by the different circulation of users of inhabitation. This clash between perceptions of space, David Harvey writes, happens between the micro-scale of the body and the personal and the macro-scale of the global political economy. The question is do we have to overcome the powerlessness and become our own architects of living to sustain a queer culture in an increasing global sterilization of space?

The workshop will take place as a participatory laboratory where we will find new secret ways of (re)thinking and formulating queer experiences into the public space. Is there certain logic to queer space in Tijuana? What effect does the border between Mexico and the US effect queers' social behavior? We will make field trips, and talk about individual experiences, and the inherited social and historical spaces that were important for us for the formation of counter-public places. We will start by collectively mapping Queer Tijuana based on the social exchange of the collective knowledge between the participants; visiting some of those desired locations; and recovering and re-inscribing new and auto-organized ways of engaging the city.

The outcome of this process is to be documented and shown at the Lui Velazquez Artist Space and in near future will be publicized together with materials from a prior Queer Geography Workshop held in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Workshops dates:
Thursday, 3/15, 8pm with light dinner
Friday, 3/16, 8pm with light dinner
Saturday, 3/17, 12-5pm with light drinks
Sunday, 3/18, 12-5pm
* possibility for continued workshops if necessary

Saturday, 3/24, 8-11pm - opening and presentation

The workshop will be held in English and there will be participants that can help with Spanish translating.  We encourage everyone to join. If you have any questions please write to Lasse Lau, queer@lasselau.dk  

Lasse Lau
Lasse Lau (born 1974 in Denmark) is a queer activist, visual artist and filmmaker based in New York and Copenhagen.

“Agency of Public Resources” (APR) is the imaginary common subject matter from which all of Lau's recent interdisciplinary art projects originate. It is an agency that through the means of art and collectiveness accumulates on site knowledge, and through dialogue facilitates re-negotiations of space and democracy. Lasse Lau was the co-founder of the Danish artist group "CUDI/ Center for Urban Culture, Dialogue and Information" which raised questions on displacement in the representation of minorities driven by xenophobia in Europe, and how the modern Suburb became the new model of suppression.  

He has exhibited in a wide range of museums and galleries including Hamburger Bahnhof and Wolfsburg Kunstverein in Germany, Aarhus Art Museum and Brandts Klædefabrik in Denmark, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Croatia, The Turin Biennial of Contemporary Art in Italy, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Smack Mellon Gallery and PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York.

Mr. Lau holds degree from European Film College, Funen Academy of Fine Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

The residency, workshop, and exhibition are made possible by the generous support of FONCA, UCIRA, and the Danish Arts Council

 

Geografía Gay:
Tijuana

con el artista resisdente Lasse Lau

Fechas de talleres: 15/3 – 18/3 (para detaller leer a continuación)
Inauguración: Marzo 24, 2007. 8-11 pm

¿Existe alguna lógica para la gegrafía gay?

El objetivo de este taller en el espacio artístico Lui Velazquez consiste en pensar colectivamente por medio de modelos que pueden cambiar, recuperar, apropiar o inclusive ocupar espacios publicos para intereses públicos gay.

El espacio gay ha sido usualmente visto como una estructura desprovista de poder que existe paralelamente a las calles, esculturas, parques, baños públicos, bancas, etc, y de vez en vez
se ve apropiada socialmente dentro del ámbito los significados gay.
Últimamente la hegemonía económica global ha modificado con mayor frecuencia estructuras socials que han resultado en la infiltración de usos socials dentro del espacio público.

Este taller busca examinar los así-llamados “oasis gay”, a partir de la circulación de  los diferentes usuarios que los habitan.y con ello indagar roles de género-desde su interior – así como significancia especial. El choque entre  las percepciones de espacio, escribe David Harvey, ocurren entre la micro escala -tanto del cuerpo como de lo íntimo-y de la macro escala de la economía política global.
La pregunta es la siguiente: ¿ debemos superar esta condición sin poder y convertirnos en nuestros propios arquitectos de vida para sostener una cultura gay como respuesta al incremento  de la esterilización global del espacio?

El taller tomara lugar como un laboratorio participativo donde encontraremos nuevas y secretas maneras de (re) pensar y formular las experiencias gay dentro del espacio público. ¿Existe cierta lógica para el espacio gay en Tijuana?, ¿cómo afecta la frontera entre México y los Estados Unidos los comportamientos gay?Para descubrirlo realizaremos prácticas de campo, y hablaremos sobre experiencias personales, así como los espacios  históricos y sociales que hemos heredado para la formulación de espacios públicos alternos o dialógicos. Comenzaremos por realizar un mapa o cartografía de la Tijuana gay basada en el intercambio de conocimiento colectivo  entre los participantes del taller; visitaremos algunas de esas deseadas locaciones; y recuperaremos y re-inscribiremos nueva maneras auto-organizadas para relacionarnos con la ciudad.

El resultado de este proceso sera documentado y expuesto en el espacio artístico Lui Velazquez y en un futuro próximo sera publicado junto con los materiales de un taller previo de Geografía Gay impartido en  Copenague, Dinamarca.

Fechas de talleres:
Jueves 15 de marzo 8 p.m. acompañado de refrigerio.
Viernes 16 de marxo, 12-5 p.m. acompañado de refrescos.
Domingo 18 de marzo 12-5 p-m.
* Con la posibilidad de extenderse de ser necesario.

Sádado 24 de marzo, 8-11 p-m- inauguración y presentación.

The workshop will be held in English and there will be participants that can help with Spanish translating.  We encourage everyone to join. If you have any questions please write to Lasse Lau, queer@lasselau.dk  

La residencia, el taller, y la exhibición son patrocinados con el generoso apoyo de FONCA, UCIRA, y la Danish Arts Council

Lasse Lau
Lasse Lau (born 1974 in Denmark) is a queer activist, visual artist and filmmaker based in New York and Copenhagen.

“Agency of Public Resources” (APR) is the imaginary common subject matter from which all of Lau's recent interdisciplinary art projects originate. It is an agency that through the means of art and collectiveness accumulates on site knowledge, and through dialogue facilitates re-negotiations of space and democracy. Lasse Lau was the co-founder of the Danish artist group "CUDI/ Center for Urban Culture, Dialogue and Information" which raised questions on displacement in the representation of minorities driven by xenophobia in Europe, and how the modern Suburb became the new model of suppression.  

He has exhibited in a wide range of museums and galleries including Hamburger Bahnhof and Wolfsburg Kunstverein in Germany, Aarhus Art Museum and Brandts Klædefabrik in Denmark, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Croatia, The Turin Biennial of Contemporary Art in Italy, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Smack Mellon Gallery and PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York.

Mr. Lau holds degree from European Film College, Funen Academy of Fine Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

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Located in Tijuana, Mexico, Lui Velazquez facilitates critical perspectives on contemporary cross-disciplinary issues, practices and events by inviting artists, producers and others to participate in short-term residencies. In addition to a regional portfolio registry, Lui also maintains a film and video archive accessible for viewing and curating.