Badischer Kunstverein announces Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz Patriarchal Poetry

Badischer Kunstverein presents Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz Patriarchal Poetry an exhibition on view 27 September–24 November 2013.

Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation, 2013. Super-16mm/HD film, 18 minutes. Production still: Andrea Thal.

Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation, 2013. Super-16mm/HD film, 18 minutes. Production still: Andrea Thal.


The exhibition centers around their newly produced film To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation (2013), which was made in cooperation with the Badischer Kunstverein and will be shown here for the first time. This film is accompanied by the film installations Toxic (2012) and Salomania (2009).

In their primarily filmic works, the two artists deal with the emergence of photography and film against the backdrop of colonial history and the invention of body norms. Historical photographs, texts or songs become the starting point for their search for alternative (sexual) practices and ways of living, conjoining with subversive approaches from pop, glamour, and camp.

Boudry/Lorenz’s films show performances for the camera, which are only indirectly encountered by the audience through the film projection. At the same time, projected films or images often form the stage background for these filmed performances, so that the different levels overlap. The filmic illusion is broken again and again in the works by Boudry/Lorenz, as the performers look or speak directly into the camera and the director or the camera itself comes into the picture.

The new film To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation takes as a starting point a score with the same title by the avant-garde composer Pauline Oliveros from 1970. The piece is performed by the six musicians Rachel Aggs, Peaches, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Catriona Shaw, Verity Susman, and William Wheeler. The composition, which Oliveros says was influenced by Valerie Solanas’s radical feminist “SCUM Manifesto,” affords the musicians an equal role, rejecting the hierarchical structures of traditional music. The artists are especially interested in the question of “whether and how changing structures engenders queer relations, whether musical and filmic forms and materials can become revolutionary.” Entirely in keeping with the exhibition title Patriarchal Poetry, which quotes a poem by Gertrude Stein, this involves queer politics starting from the history of aesthetics.

Curated by Anja Casser and Nadja Quante

Badischer Kunstverein
Waldstraße 3
76133 Karlsruhe, Germany
www.badischer-kunstverein.de

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