Un_Becoming

The Erotic, the Body & Technology

from: 23.10.2018   to: 03.11.2018

For the Un_Becoming group exhibition, taking place between October 23rd and November 3rd (coinciding with the Berlin PornfilmFestival), SomoS presents performative projects, multimedia works, video-art and photography as critical and radical responses to the overlapping of sexuality and the body with technology; and dystopian and utopian perspectives on our technologically mediated view of sexuality.

The exhibition’s title, Un_Becoming, is a multi-faceted and fluid play on words, which can refer to many things: it is the process of transgressing corporeal boundaries, it questions of how our technologically mediated view of society is shifting, and what it means to be human. It is the notion that pornography itself is Unbecoming; taboo, shocking and ill-fitting to the normative and capitalist model of an ideal lifestyle/relationship/sexuality. It is an unfixed and fluid state; (Un)Becoming and not being. It is the plethora of contradictions and paradoxes that pervade debates around pornography and technology: distance/proximity, public/private, emancipation/oppression, utopia/dystopia. As such, it is also the understanding of Becoming as construction, and Unbecoming as deconstruction.

Participating Artists:

Zara Alexandrova (DE), Mirror, Mirror.., Sculpture
Kate Chen (DE), Offline Venus: Memories and Myths of the Cyborg, Performance/Video
Robert Ladislas Derr (US), Safe Space, One Channel Video
Francesca Fini (IT),With A Helmet, Fair and Lost, One Channel Video
Arthur Gouillart (UK), Unbodiment, Performance/Sculpture/New Media
Bjørn Erik Haugen (NO), Traces, Two Channel Video Installation
Michael Sven Meier (DE), Ammonite, One Channel Video Installation
Simon Menner (DE), Computers Dream of Porn, One Channel Video Installation
Pedro Moreira (PT), Significant: Other, Installation/Durational Performance/Application
Becky O’Brien (UK), Chat Room, Performance
Anne Weyler (DE), Flottierende Körper, Installation

Performance Program:

Monday, October 22nd 2018:

7pm: Kate Chen,
Offline Venus: Memories and Myths of the Cyborg
Performance/Video

7:30pm: Arthur Gouillart
Unbodiment
Performance

8pm: Pedro Moreira
Significant: Other “Hello, I Know That You’ve Been Feeling Tired”
Performance

October 23rd – November 3rd 2018, Tue-Sa 2-7pm:
Pedro Moreira
Significant: Other “Hello, I Know That You’ve Been Feeling Tired”
Durational Performance

October 31st 2018, 6pm
Becky O’Brien (UK), Chat Room
Performance


Un_Becoming
SomoS Art House, Kottbusser Damm 95 1.OG, Berlin
October 23rd to November 3rd, 2018, Tue-Sa 2-7pm
Opening reception: Monday, October 22nd 2018, 6-9pm

Entry free
The exhibition is only accessible to persons above the age of 18
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Header image: Bjørn Erik Haugen – Traces #6, Photography/new Media