Hazy borders of the heartis a two-day symposium that will take as its theme: the body, desire, and shared spaces. The conference stems from the gender theory seminar er und sie, sie und es, er, sie und es at HGB Leipzig which, in conjunction with the exhibition project 1.-3. Person singular / plural will for these two days be open to the public. The symposium comprises three segments, with each exploring a single theme via installations, screenings, lectures, and performances by a students and invited artists.
With contributions by: Bini Adamczak, Fine Bieler, Irma Blumstock, Joanna Coleman, Cora Czarnecki und Johanna Schielke, Charlotte Eifler und Katrin Esser, Karin Fornander, Nora Frohmann, Alexandra Ivanciu, Lea Kolling, Elizaveta Kuznetsova, Anna Lebedeva, Dana Lorenz, Julia Lübbecke, Takeo Marquardt, Tess Marschner, Vanessa Opoku, Barbara Proschak, Urska Preis, Ramona Schacht, Katharina Swoboda, Ruudu Ulas, YOR
Organised by Anna Voswinckel and Anke Dyes
Supported by Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig und Klasse Bara
Saturday, 17.12, from 14.00
Panel 1: fragile bodies / gentle resistance
When power is attributed to bodies, it is not usually a matter of which parts a certain body has but which it uses, says Bini Adamczak. But what happens, when it’s no longer so clear where the borders of these parts are? Whether through violent force or careful exchange, it becomes difficult to parse these borders when bodies deform or gently impose themselves upon other bodies or dress surprisingly different or evaporate. Here, a re-reading of attributes and positions, from LGBTQI+ to human resources, via harp concert and riot porn.
Saturday, 17.12, from 18.00
Panel 2: his body, herself / the female gaze
Recently, Jill Solway spoke of the female gaze in terms of ‘making unlikeable characters likeable by use of warm light and good music. But there is more to it: not least, a conscious negotiation of who is being addressed when sharing or transmitting one’s own view, as well as a marked flexibility when it comes the actions of communicating, liking, desiring, and understanding.
Exhibition with: Irma Blumstock, Charlotte Eifler und Katrin Esser, Alexandra Ivanciu, Julia Lübbecke
Lecture screening by Julia Lübbecke on feminist visual culture, followed by artist talk with Karin Fornander
Concert: YOR (Leipzig)
Aftermath: DJ vakuM
Sunday, 18.12, from 16.00
Panel 3: cross-species encounters / desiring the abject other
Perhaps our cultural imprints and normative reflexes — i.e., that which prevents us from desiring the outright other — are merely a consequence of fear, a fear of being the entirely different form that such a desire would require. This is to say, not a wanting to possess (whether through love or destruction), but a wanting of ‘becoming,’ to become ‘other.’
Exhibition with: Joanna Coleman, Alexandra Ivanciu, Tess Marschner, Barbara Proschak
Lecture performances: Anna Lebedeva, Katharina Swoboda und Takeo Marquard, followed by artist talk
Display / setting: Fine Bieler, Dana Lorenz, Julia Lübbecke
Graphic design: Lea Kolling