where: former gay sauna, schuitemakersstraat 17 ––– winter ––– work period: jan 8 – feb 7 ––– show: feb 8 – feb 29 2020
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Come and warm up in the former gay sauna with a sticky mix of art, sweat and champagne. This show will make your organs beat and your heart glow. Get cozy with the artists Kitty Maria, Tom Kemp and Alicja Nowicz.
opening: 08 februari, 17:00 – 23:00
show: 09 – 29 februari, sat / sun 12:00 – 17:00
finissage: 29 februari, 20:00 – 23:00
about the location
't Pakhuisje closed its doors on 12 June 2016. The sauna existed for 36 years and obtained a household name for the gay community in the north of the Netherlands. From the outside it was not easily recognizable as a sauna, it rather looked like an empty warehouse with it’s boarded up windows, a rainbow flag as a single sign of life for the outside world.
Het resort would like to highlight the former function of the building that existed so clearly for the gay community, but was also hidden from the public behind boarded-up windows. The hiding but also advocading of intimacy brings a sense of duality to this sauna episode.
about the arists
Alicja Nowicz works with highly provincial, parochial and embarrassing attitudes and behaviour. She uses camp aesthetics to create egos that go beyond codified behaviours. No personas were hurt during this residency, we can not promise the same for our sauna-visitors, to which she presents her gay-sauna-buttplug collection, wicked rap-song-performance and nosey sherlock-dectective stories.
Kitty Maria investigates the world of automated production and the new labourer. Submitting herself to the production process of testing results and -data she herself becomes a living part of the testing process. How can you collect ALL the data about an object? Can machines help us understand the physical world and the meaning of it all? Will she figure out what it means to be an object in this episode?
Tom Kemp's analytical models and gameplay took a turn to the flesh in this episode. His fascination for intimate and immediat relationships and co-design practices brought him to collaborate with a UMCG medical illustrator Anna Sieben. Together they mapped the sauna, transferring objects, functions and stories to human tissue. The intimacy of the interior becomes both a very personal and a very universal matter.
S03E01 supported by:
Mondriaan Fund, Gemeente Groningen, Academie Minerva, Kunstraad Groningen, NNT + Club Guy & Roni, Beringer Hazewinkel