This screening programme brings together live performance with artist moving image in a transatlantic coupling to explore multiple interpretations of Eros in contemporary art practice, with works from Nicole Miller, Kimberley O’Neill, Jacolby Satterwhite, Danielle Dean and Ursula Mayer. Positioning the event within the female experience and gathering the artworks under three erotic propositions; pleasure, perversion and assembly, the selected artists use ‘worldbuilding’ or in-between states to focus on Eros’ capabilities as a life force and as a mechanism of dissent.
The evening will also extend out from the screen with a new performance work chiffon sponge by Newcastle – based artist Nicola Singh in which images and words meet to apply direct and difficult pressure onto each other. The performance will use video projection, song and text to explore tense or hidden desires.
it feels right to me acknowledges the strength of the erotic into a true knowledge one that is difficult to explain in words but has a certain spiritualism that resides deep in the human psyche. It is a recalibration of the erotic beyond the explicit moving towards a life force in bodily desire.
This screening programme is drawn from artist curator Gayle Meikle’s current research into Eros as a guiding curatorial and institutional positioning. The title it feels right to me is a quote taken from Audre Lorde’s 1984 publication Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches.
Gayle Meikle is an artist curator based out of Newcastle Upon Tyne where she is undertaking a PhD in Fine Art exploring how a feminist art practice might speculate on multiple forms of a university gallery.
Image: Nicola Singh and Harriet Plewis, they go into a little room and they play a little drum, 2017, BALTIC 39, Newcastle (photo credit: Fiona Larkin).