Deep Down Body Thirst
From lesbian feminist graffiti on billboards across London to the crowded bathroom stalls of San Francisco dyke cafes, the spaces through which public lesbian identities emerged between the 1970s and the 1990s have been mythologised, misunderstood, and marginalised. By drawing on photography and ephemera from this period, group exhibition Deep Down Body Thirst examines contemporary resonances of these historical communities, which over the past three decades have been largely overlooked within mainstream gay movements.
Supported by Glasgow International.
Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Wed & Fri – Sun, 5pm-7pm
Tape Condition: Degraded
For Deep Down Body Thirst, Toronto-based duo Hazel Meyer and Cait McKinney present a performance-lecture that considers what we might do with all the dusty videotape and 8mm film that fills the shelves of LGBTQ community archives.
Sharing research-in-progress from their ongoing investigation of how queer porn is archived, Meyer and McKinney discuss the community-based work of collecting, preserving, and providing ethical forms of digital access to these materials. This presentation revolves around Slumberparty (1984), a DIY 8mm porn made by a group of Toronto-based lesbians in response to censorship, lost until 2016. The pair discuss the practical and ethical labour behind figuring out how to archive and screen this forgotten reel.
About the artists:
Hazel Meyer’s work with installation, performance, and text investigates the relationships between sport, sexuality, feminism, and material culture hazelmeyer.com.
Cait McKinney is a media historian who researches the digital media practices of queer and feminist social movements caitmckinney.com.
Meyer and McKinney’s collaborations explore their shared attachments to queer histories through research, writing, and archival interventions.
Publication projects include the Muscle Panic Handbook (2014), and contributions to Little Joe: Queers and Cinema (UK, 2015), No More Potlucks (CA, 2016), and PHILE (DE, 2017).
Their site-specific exhibition for the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Tape Condition: degraded (2016) engaged with the politics, aesthetics, and pleasures of digitising queer VHS.
Free, no booking required. Be aware that capacity is highly limited, and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sat 21st April, 4-5.30pm