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Text Commissions Speculative Histories Online  


En ny serie med tekster som utvider det diskursive feltet rundt våre utstillinger og vårt live program. Serien består av nye tekster fra kunstnere og kunstskribenter og blir gjort tilgjengelig online.

Den første serien med tekster er en del av Speculative Histories programmer og presenterer tekster av Bruce Benderson, Caspar Heinemann, Nikima Jagudajev, Grace Ndiritu, Leslie Thornton og Chris E. Vargas.


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Text Commissions - Speculative Histories #2:

Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art: Speculative Futures & Hirstories, by Chris E. Vargas

Chris E. Vargas is a video maker & interdisciplinary artist currently based in Bellingham, WA whose work deploys humor and performance in conjunction with mainstream idioms to explore the complex ways that queer and trans people negotiate spaces for themselves within historical & institutional memory and popular culture. He earned his MFA in the department of Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2011. From 2008-2013, he made, in collaboration with Greg Youmans, the web-based trans/cisgender sitcom Falling In Love...with Chris and Greg. Episodes of the series have screened at numerous film festivals and art venues, including MIX NYC, SF Camerawork, and the Tate Modern. With Eric Stanley, Vargas co-directed the movie Homotopia (2006) and its feature-length sequel Criminal Queers (2015) which have been screened at Palais de Tokyo, LACE, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, and the New Museum among other venues. Vargas is also the Executive Director of MOTHA, the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art.


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Text Commissions - Speculative Histories #1:

New Normal America: On Weirdness, Folk, Whiteness, by Caspar Heinemann

The first issue in the series is New Normal America: On Weirdness, Folk, Whiteness, a newly commissioned poetic work by Caspar Heinemann, thinking through land and national identity in the context of the two waves of psychedelic folk music, England in the '60s and the US in the early '00s.

Caspar Heinemann works across poetry, essay, scriptwriting and criticism. His work is concerned with biopolitics, esoterica, and the legacies of 20th century cultural and sexual countercultures. Commissioned by Bergan Kunstall, he is creating a new poetic work thinking through land and national identity in the context of the two waves of psychedelic folk music, England in the '60s and the US in the early '00s.

Upcoming:
#3 Nikima Jagudajev - The Backstreet Boys
#4 Bruce Benderson - Against Marriage
#5 Grace Ndiritu & Nina Bacos - Jungle Fever
#6 Leslie Thornton - The Aftermath of Intelligence - Peggy and Fred in Hell

Speculative Histories
Speculative Histories is a series of artist commissions and events that proposes methods of literary fiction as a means to question what our institutions could look like today if other groups in society had been granted more power in the past. The programme includes historical and contemporary practices of feminist organising, intersectional anti-racist and queer perspectives, suggesting alternatives for institutional practices based on a re-shifted lens on the past.

Re-Imagine Europe
Part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Re-Imagine Europe is initiated by Sonic Acts (NL) and coordinated by Paradiso (NL) in collabora-tion with Elevate Festival (AT), Lighthouse (UK), INA GRM (FR), Kontejner (HR), Landmark / Bergen Kunsthall (NO), A4 (SK), Disruption Network Lab (DE) and Ràdio Web MACBA (ES).

Curated by Scott Elliott, Bergen Kunsthall, 2021

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