[-empyre-] sex death love - on AGEING

pedro pedruski at gmail.com
Fri Sep 27 20:31:59 AEST 2019

hi on this theme, there's been a good experiment in Ibarra, Ecuador, an
artistic residency in a half-forgotten old people's home
Arte para no olvidar organized by TOLA
scroll down 4 photos

tomorrow is the closing exhibition

 intergenerational meeting is so important


El vie., 27 sept. 2019 a las 4:17, Miha Colner (<miha.colner at gmail.com>)

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> Dear all,
> as Shu Lea Cheang already announced the next topic is addressing the
> issues of "sex death love and ageing";
> Hereby I am sharing a textual proposal for an exhibition and a year-long
> project about different aspects of ageing; the history of that idea dates
> back to 2014 when I proposed it for the first time to an international
> group of colleagues who were brainstorming to find a topic for a group
> show; the proposal for an exhibition about ageing was dismissed with an
> argument that it is too depressing issue to be dealt with in an exhibition;
> I tried once more two years later and I got similar response; however,
> finally I will be able to implement the idea within the programme of MGLC -
> International Centre of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia;
> Below is the outline of a project and exhibition (in the making) with a
> working title *On Ageing*; it shall address the phenomenon of ageing
> primarily in visual arts as well as turning towards human sciences.
> *The outline:*
> The* On Ageing* project tends to reflect on one of the most challenging
> and sensitive issues of contemporary world – the ageing of its population
> and related socio-political, economic and scientific concerns. It shall
> address diverse cultural aspects of ageing as well as expose certain
> ethical questions that are in stark contrast to nowadays omnipresent
> imperative of rationality and productivity.
> Through available theory and practical examples from the field of visual
> arts, the exhibition will address and analyse issues related to ageing in
> modern societies focusing on biological, socio-political, intimate and
> statistical aspects of ageing. There are three main entries to the
> exhibition that will address subjects such as ageing body (biological and
> sociological aspect), ageing population (political and economic aspect),
> and representation of ageing in history of art (cultural aspect).
> Furthermore, the issues such as euthanasia, demography, biological ageing
> and longevity, ageing in visual culture, dementia, and architecture and
> design for ageing population will be tackled. The exhibition will look at
> the phenomena of ageing primarily from the point of view of contemporary
> visual arts where the subject is still predominantly marginal.
> The phenomenon of ageing population of the world is usually raised on the
> level of alarming economic forecasts, cuts in welfare system and discourses
> on the necessity of retirement reforms shall be approached from many
> different perspectives. However, issue of ageing is largely marginalised in
> mainstream contemporary (popular) culture, including fine art. Some decades
> ago the western society had entered post-industrial and consumerist era
> where everything is about (visual) appearances. Therefore, popular culture
> and mass media of today are determined by the concept of health and
> youthfulness which are often expressed in the imagery of perfect and vital
> bodies. Conversely the images of old, imperfect or sick bodies are
> undesirable. How does then the fact of ageing body, ageing population and
> longevity correspond with today's reality? The issue which is not part of
> mainstream imagery and public discourse can be much more easily found in
> theory, academia and arts (mainly in cinema and literature).
> At the moment so called developed world is facing ideological
> contradiction when on the one hand new discoveries in science, technology,
> and medicine enable ever longer life expectancy and better quality of life
> but on the other hand one is constantly bombarded by the Darwinist
> indicators of unsustainability caused by decrease of active population;
> despite the fact that so called “classic” workplaces are ever more
> endangered with the development of robotisation and smart machines. The
> questions raised by the project shall be approached from different and
> highly interdisciplinary angles, as the answers are undoubtedly complex and
> ambiguous. The* On Ageing* project shall therefore touch upon some
> crucial and diverse aspects of ageing population in the world and shall
> include artists, creators and experts of diverse backgrounds whose work
> reaches beyond the field of visual art such as writers, filmmakers,
> inventors, scientists, designers, architects, sociologists,
> anthropologists, demographers and activists.
> *About Švicarija / MGLC – International Centre of Graphic Arts:*
> Švicarija is a residency and creative centre located in the central park
> of Ljubljana, Slovenia. It is part of MGLC – International Centre of
> Graphic Arts, however, it develops very distinctive and interdisciplinary
> programme based on the slogan “community, art, and nature” which stretches
> beyond fine art into the socio-political realm. With its specific
> infrastructure Švicarija runs community projects, live art events, various
> discursive and learning programmes, residency programmes as well as
> exhibitions.
> *MGLC – International Centre of Graphic Arts*
> *Pod turnom 3*
> *1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia*
> *http://www.mglc-lj.si/ <http://www.mglc-lj.si/>*
> On Fri, 27 Sep 2019 at 07:52, Shu Lea Cheang <shulea at earthlink.net> wrote:
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>> dear empyre-ers
>> The September month on -empyre-  doesnt seem to be ending, so many
>> threads to follow up...
>> Let me recall some moments -
>> McKenzie Wark ever so inncocently – 11/09/2019 post
>> *So Sandy: can you tell me a it about ageing? I just turned 58 and am
>> already a middle aged woman...*
>> Allucquere Rosanne Stone ever so cheerfully – 12/09/2019 post
>> *I can only tell you about aging from a personal perspective.  So ok,
>> I’m, what, 82, 83, something?  I write, code, make stuff, and raise hell,
>> active in several professional fields, sex is terrific…if anything, it gets
>> better with time.  This isn’t a tell-all, so I’ll leave it at that.  I
>> don’t hike, climb, or snowboard as much as I did, but I’m beginning to
>> think that’s psychological.  Anyway, if it’s words of encouragement you
>> want, you can have all I’ve got, and I’ve got plenty.  I’m fully aware that
>> my view is not a universal one, and I can’t speak for trans* folk who find
>> aging hard.  But from this admittedly limited perspective, in this
>> particular embodiment, I intend to keep on adventuring, theorizing, and
>> making love with the throttle pushed up to 110% until my body simply
>> explodes.  I invite you to join me.*
>> Annie Abrahams asked to bring back  these topics - sex death love and
>> ageing
>> ·  *"**Annie Abrahams: The belief that, after menopause, sexual
>> intercourse goes on as before is mistaken. At least it didn’t for me. This
>> made me really angry for some time, as nobody had warned me! It felt very
>> lonely. I think that the sexual life of post-menopausal women is still very
>> much a taboo subject that people shun away from.*"
>> http://digicult.it/digimag/issue-058/annie-abrahams-allergic-to-utopias/
>> (2010)
>> For these last few days of September as leaves yet to fall off  the
>> branches, I like to introduce Annie Abrahams, also bring in Miha Colner,
>> the curator who’s been preparing an exhibition *On Ageing at *MGLC –
>> International Centre of Graphic Arts (Ljublijan, Slovania).
>> Annie Abrahams is a Dutch artist living in France. She has a M2 in
>> biology from the University of Utrecht and a MA2 from the Academy of Fine
>> Arts of Arnhem. In her work she questions the possibilities and limits of
>> communication, specifically investigating its modes under networked
>> conditions. Using video and performance as well as the internet, she
>> develops what she calls an aesthetics of attention and trust, in which
>> human behaviour is the main material. She is known worldwide for her netart
>> and is an internationally regarded pioneer of networked performance art and
>> collective writing.
>> Full cv bio (336 Ko) https://www.bram.org/info/aabrahams_cvbio_eng.pdf
>> 2.3 Mo 20 pages with images - book
>> https://www.bram.org/info/aabrahams_images.pdf
>> Miha Colner(1978) is an art historian who works as a curator at MGLC -
>> International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana. He is also active as a
>> publicist, specialised in photography, printmaking, artists’ moving image
>> and various forms of (new) media art. Since 2005 he has been a contributor
>> of newspapers, magazines, specialist publications, and his personal blog,
>> as well as part-time lecturer. He lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
>> http://mihacolner.com
>> Let's see how this run, maybe try to smoke Sandy out of cave and get
>> warkk to bring in some techno beats!
>> sl
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