The Beholder

Opening Monday October 23, 6-9pm

from: 24.10.2017   to: 29.10.2017

Within “The Beholder” group exhibition, organized in conjunction with the acclaimed PornFilmFestival Berlin, SomoS Art House presents performative projects and ephemeral installations as critical responses to the notions of erotic fantasy, consumption of images, and the spectatorship and voyeurism of sexuality in our mediated society.

“Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder” is a common saying that attempts to express the idea that the perception of beauty is subjective. Sexuality in its totality also is a topic that is subjective and completely based on individual viewership–one’s sexual satisfaction, or catharsis even, can only be fulfilled if one places themselves in the position of the Beholder, giving into one’s fantasies, preferences, and authentic desires.

Porn functions on the notion of consumption; it must be consumed by an audience of both exhibitors and voyeurs. The aim of the exhibition is to explore the interaction, regulation and connection of these two archetypes by way of various artistic mediums.

Presenting works such as durational performances, participatory installations, and time-based works, the exhibition will explore questions such as whose gaze is catered to? What role do the digital, power relationships, capitalism play in the production of erotic content? What’s the relation between liberation and porn today?

Contributing artists for The Beholder exhibition are as follows:

Lady Gaby – Performance
Stephanie Hanna – Video Installation
Pedro Ferreira – Super8 Projection Installation & Performance
Yao Cong – Video/Sound Installation
Elena Tejada-Herrera – Video Installation
TK & DLO – Participatory Performance
Ty Wardwell and Ethan Folk – Performance
Agnus Tam and Michiyasu Furutami – Performance
Simone Orgel – Work on Paper
Ainsley E. Tharp – Video-assisted Dance Performance
Hanna Siwkowski – Installation

The Beholder exhibition at SomoS Art House in Berlin will take place from October 24th to October 29th, 2017, in conjunction with the Berlin PornFilmFestival.

During the exhibition, SomoS presents a live link to “The Cyber and Material Character: weplay4unow.com,” a hybrid live/online project and group show by Elly Clarke, Lena Chen, Stephanie Ballantine and Esben Holk at FKK (FotoKlub Kollektiv), Berlin. Both projects explore similar thematic interests, such as the connection between artistic- and sex work, and the commodification of intimacy and identity in the digital age.


Program:

Monday October 23
6-6:30pm, Ethan Folk & Ty Wardwell, “Platinum+”, performance
6:40-7pm, Pedro Ferreira, “Erosion,” Super8 animation performance
7-7:30pm, Ainsley Tharp, “After All These Years”, video assisted performance
8pm TK & DLO, participatory performance
6-9pm, Lady Gaby, “Beware of the Beholder,” durational 1-1 performance


Tuesday October 24
3-3:20pm, Agnus Tam & Michiyasu Furutani, “Lamentation,” performance
4-5:30pm, Ainsley Tharp with Pedro Ferreira, “After All These Years/Erosion”, video/Super8-assisted dance performance
5:30-7pm, Ethan Folk & Ty Wardwell, “Platinum+,” performance


Wednesday October 25
5-5:20pm, Agnus Tam & Michiyasu Furutani, “Lamentation”, performance
6-7pm, Lady Gaby, “Beware of the Beholder,” durational performance


Thursday October 26
5:30-7pm, Ainsley Tharp & Pedro Ferreira, “After All These Years/Erosion”, video/Super8-assisted dance performance cooperation
6-7pm, Lady Gaby, “Beware of the Beholder,” durational performance


Saturday October 28
2-7pm TK & DLO, “3rd Person,” participatory installation, with performance between 5-6pm
6-6:30pm, Pedro Ferreira, “Erosion,” Super8 performance
6:30-7pm, Ainsley E. Tharp & Pedro Ferreira, “After All These Years” video/Super8-assisted dance performance cooperation


Sunday October 29
3-4pm, Lady Gaby, “Beware of the Beholder,” durational performance
2-7pm TK & DLO, “3rd Person,” participatory installation, with performance between 5-6pm
6-7pm, Ainsley Tharp, “After All These Years”, video assisted performance