— 24/08/2015

Line Skywalker Karlström, Fists are tools for collective pleasure and fighting, 2015, poster intervention, Berlin


Line Skywalker Karlström: Finding the Lesbian Leak at the Louvre, Performance. Photo: Luisa Orduño

Line Skywalker Karlström: Finding the Lesbian Leak at the Louvre, Performance. Photo: Smina Bluth

Sarah Kane and Susan Guelke, Poster for Guiseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, Opera directed by Kate Guelke & Ann Jennis, 2015

Kate Guelke, Introduction to the community opera La Traviata, 2015, Photo: Luisa Orduño

Ioannis Mandafounis & Aoife McAtamney, One One One, 2015, performance. Production: Cie Ioannis Mandafounis, supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. Photo: Mélanie Fréguin

Aoife McAtamney & Ioannis Mandafounis, One One One, Video documentation of the performance, 2015, Photo: Luisa Orduño

Evenings for two works on stage and unbridled speculations

Works by Kate Guelke & Aoife McAtamney and Line Skywalker Karlström

Followed by a conversation with the artists, the Distict studio grant holders 2015 /2016 Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro & Anaïs Héraud and Mo Matton and with the jury members Jörg Franzbecker and Suza Husse

Trespassing the limitations, closedness and invisibility of selection procedures towards moments of critical, solidary communality, District launches a new cycle of evenings dedicated to artists who unsuccessfully applied for the Studio Grant Program for Women Artists. The first Evening for two works on stage and unbridled speculations will see the participation of Kate Guelke & Aoife McAtamney and Line Skywalker Karlström.

Focusing on strategies related to gesture, language, failure, presence and absence, Line Skywalker Karlström’s performative, semi-improvised installations
emerge from material, historical, spatial and discursive explorations of what it means ‘to think with the body’. On the evening, she contributes a performative presentation of her current research under the working title Finding the Lesbian Leak at the Louvre. Looking for physical gestures, she chooses to name and read as subversive, queer or lesbian, Karlström gathers a subjective archive of photographic details of 16th and 17th century paintings representing female persons.

Blending humour, revisionism and religious iconography, the opera director Kate Guelke and the choreographer and performer Aoife McAtamney are currently developing an imaginative and critical treatment of abortion narratives and Ireland’s anti abortion law. At The Deadline for Submission has passed Kate Guelke will introduce excerpts from her recent production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata co-directed with Ann Jennis in Derry-Londonderry, a collaboration between the Belfast based new, youth and community opera organization Spark Opera and North West Opera. Aoife McAtamney presents her collaborative performance project with Ioannis Mandafounis titled One One One (2015), in which the two choreographers translate emotions from the public and transform them through their bodies.

The presented works will be set in relationship to the documents originally submitted by the artists. Expanding from this tension, the programme opens a space for conversations and debates related to the translation of artistic imagination and practice into fundable language, to labour conditions in the digital age or power structures re-enacted by those in the position to select.