Queering Paradigms IIX

20 - 23 September 2017
University of Vienna, AT

The Queering Paradigms network is dedicated to examining the current state and future challenges of queer studies from a broad trans-disciplinary and polythetic perspective, and by interrogating numerous social, 
political, cultural and academic agendas.

With our conference ‘Fucking Solidarity’, we ask for the possibilities, gains and limits of (our) queer solidarity. 
We want to ‘fuck’ with the idea, the theories, the practices and the art of solidarity, from different angles, different spaces, from and with different groups. Investigating into the erotics of queer solidarity, their drives, and desires behind it we reflect on hegemonies and the possibility for anti-hierarchical or empowerment. 
We are interested in the possibilities of queering existing concepts and practices of solidarity, especially those solidarity approaches towards the post-soviet/post-socialist and postcolonial spaces and their respective inhabitants.

Fucking Solidarity is interested in constructive criticism. We hope to learn about new approaches and ways of solidarity, from queer-feminist, anti-racist, anti-hierarchical, horizontal, inclusive, 
“check-your-privilege”, decolonizing perspectives.

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On the occasion of Queering Paradigms IIX, This Is Now from the Equality project will be shown by Roberta Orlando.



This Is Now

This Is Now

29th July 2017, 19:00 - 03:00 
RainbowHouse, Brussels, B

This Is Now by Roberta Orlando is a collection of media reactions across Europe, highlighting the current situation of the LGBTQI people living in Chechnya, Russia. As on-going selection of published articles and materials, This Is Now aims to keep the attention on what is happening in the Russian region. Without forgetting how LGBTQI individuals and groups have been punished in the past, and how they are still persecuted today in more than 70 countries around the world.

On the occasion of Queer The Bubble, This Is Now will be presented at the RainbowHouse.

 During this event, Queer Stagiaires will raise funds to provide a help to the victims of homophobia in Chechnya and Eastern European countries with support of ILGA-Europe.



The Street Experience

3 - 31 July 2017
Millepiani, Rome, Italy

Documented, represented, or pictures that evoke sensations, stories and relationships in 
contemporary age between the same individuals and shared urban space.

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Roberta Orlando's photography will take part in The Street Experience.


Curious Festival - Words Bare

5th - 26th July 2017 
Gillian Dickinson Gallery, Northern Stage, UK

                                                  Image by Mandy Barker - Sail Creative

Words Bare is an LGBTQ print exhibition which showcases research-gathered comments and experiences the community still face in society today. The posters put LGBTQ social challenges into the limelight, and questions why 
these views are still very present today.

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Glad to support Words Bare, a project by Mandy Barker and Sail Creative.



12th International Conference on the Arts in Society and the Arts in Society Research Network

 2017 Special Focus: Gestures That Matter 

14 - 16 June 2017
The American University of Paris with Pantheon Sorbonne University, Institute ACTE (Arts Créations Théories Esthétiques), CNRS (French National Center of Scientific Research), France

                                                                                                                         Image by The Arts in Society


 Founded in 2000, the Arts in Society Research Network offers an interdisciplinary forum for discussion of the role of the arts in society. It is a place for critical engagement, examination and experimentation, developing ideas that connect the arts to their contexts in the world – on stage, in studios and theaters, in classrooms, in museums and galleries, 
on the streets and in communities.

Gestures That Matter 

Making a gesture involves confronting the unknowable. A gesture is not simply mechanical like a movement, nor is it fully semantic as a sign might be, nor fundamentally intentional like an action must be. The idea of a “gesture” escapes the classical categories of meaning and is never developed as an independent notion. A trait that often characterizes gesture is its ability to use the body as a means to draw evanescent traces. Because a gesture inadvertently creates relation, 
a “milieu” institutes itself within the interstices of being and metamorphoses our quotidian lives. The gesture is often a tool towards the transformation of the self and of the world. André Leroi-Gourhan writes that “the tool is only real in 
the gesture which renders it operative and only exists within a cycle of operativity.” 

Intrinsically inter-corporeal and inter-subjective, the gesture is a “means without end,” in the words of Giorgio Agamben. The gesture is always a form of the intermedial. But when the gesture apprehends its mediality in an honest and noble manner, it becomes an artwork. That is when a gesture “matters.” Whether it emerges in a ritualistic, artistic or technical context, the gesture extends and transmits itself well beyond the duration of its concrete manifestation for both the doer (the actor) or the one doing the observing (the spectator). It is right there that the body draws a simple gesture and aims to show the most rudimentary form, but also the most essential, of that which we call “art.” The gesture shows a clear materiality insofar as it does not disappear as it seems, and it leaves permanent changes in the art world and in within society. That is when gestures “matter,” insofar as they both are important for giving a deep meaning to our lives and inscribe durable transformation in the flux of everyday event. Gestures matter because they are ethically, politically and aesthetically important. Gestures matter because they do not evaporate but shape our lives on the long term.

Barbara Formis
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The Equality project by Roberta Orlando will take part in the Twelfth International Conference on the Arts in Society, 
as part of the Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts.

Find out the full program here.



Concrete Actions

Boston City Hall, Boston, MA-USA

Artists Respond to Boston City Hall

The Mobius Artists Group is pleased to announce Concrete Actions, an evening of site-inspired original works responding to the striking concrete modernist design of City Hall and the democratic ideals that continue to animate it.  Commissioned by The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, City of Boston as part of the HEROIC ENCOUNTERS Series, Concrete Actions will unfold on Thursday, May 25th at Boston City Hall, from 5-9 p.m.  Thirteen Mobius artists will activate the interior of the building through a diversity of media. The civic landmark will be transformed through aesthetic experimentation in interactive performance art, video, installation, sound and movement.

Recent shifts in our current national political landscape and challenges to core values of inclusion have revived civic engagement in local democratic processes and institutions. It is therefore an appropriate moment to celebrate the architectural legacy of Boston City Hall, opened in 1969.  The building’s innovative design reflected the architects’ ethical commitment to active public involvement and access to city government, as Mark Pasnik, Chris Grimley, and Michael Kubo emphasize in their book Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston that inspired the HEROIC ENCOUNTERS Series.  Against this background, the Mobius Artist Group is honored to create Concrete Actions as part of the series.

As a collective event, Concrete Actions aptly marks the Mobius Artists Group return to Boston after a productive 5 years in Cambridge. Now in our 40th year as an artist-run organization, our legacy of accessibility, affordability and collaboratively generated experimental work in all media across artistic communities parallels the strong public commitments that inspired the design of Boston City Hall and continue to revitalize it.

El Putnam presents Digital Bru(i)t, a video that interplays visual and aural confusion in an attempt to convey the complexities and challenges of maneuvering human engagement with politics through digital technology.  The work incorporates excerpts from The Social Contract, by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1762).

Jane Wang presents two works, Signs of Our Times III, a video slideshow of imagery from 95 artists and 21 composers reflecting the connecting theme of signage, and Concret concret, a duo of free-standing abstract wire sculptures, one of which she will knit live, in the main lobby of Boston City Hall.

Milan Kohout presents Spaces for Socialism, an interactive performance that engages audience members in conversation about their experience of architecture, interactive sharing of the human condition, and perspectives on how to create democratic socialist alternatives to modern life.

James Ellis Coleman presents Always Room for You, a visual art work exploring the scope and inclusion of the life histories of individuals as recorded in government documents stored in government repositories.

Joanne Rice and Tom Plsek present 42.3604° N, 71.0580° W, a sound/performance which explores the various sonic possibilities offered by the interiors spaces of several levels of Boston City Hall.

Sandrine Schaefer presents ESCALATE/DE-ESCALATE, a durational performance art piece sited on the escalators between the lobby and lower levels of Boston City Hall that explores notions of agreement and challenges ways time is experienced and perceived between bodies sharing space.

Daniel S. DeLuca presents Public Satellites: Telstar 20 BCH, an experimental communications platform designed to engage the public around City Hall. Through the use of semiotic lures PST20BCH will capture and relay human transmissions from the public in real time.

Jesse Kaminsky presents Aposematism, an inflatable sculpture work made of brightly colored, printed and sewn tyvek material that will enhance the ground space with an anemone-like shape.

Margaret Bellafiore, Mari Novotny-Jones, and Anna Wexler present MILK & LICENSES, a performance and installation work using three defunct services windows in Boston City Hall. The piece explores concepts of sanctuary in our present moment by transforming the windows' original function.

Sara June presents Solid Formation, a durational movement and installation work that experiment with the notion of protection and architecture through the intersection of three elements: building, boundary, and human body.

Facebook Event Page : https://www.facebook.com/events/1671810483123463/

Photo is by Jeffrey Montes - Creative Commons 2.0

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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On the occasion of Concete Actions, the Roberta Orlando's work will take part in Signs of Our Times III by Jane Wang. More info here.



Call on Chechnya to protect their LGBTI community.
Sign the petition here.

Support Amnesty International and its activities. Wherever you are.
Find out countries and regions here.



On the way

Crossing among different realities in Europe.
A selection from photo documentation made between 2011-2016.




Private View: 24th February, 6.30-8.30 pm  
Exhibition: 22nd February - 11th March 2017 
North Wall Gallery, Oxford, UK

As part of the Oxford International Women’s Festival and International Women’s Day, new exhibition curated by 
Maga Esberg, HATCHED 2017 will showcase work by local and global artists on the theme of women’s issues, 
from 22 February to 11 March 2017 at the North Wall Gallery, Oxford.
Using a variety of media incluing photography, installation, sculpture and video works, a total of 30 artists have engaged with this year’s themes of ‘Women Thinking Big in the Arts, Science, 
Politics & Education’ and ‘#Be Bold for Change’. 

Hugh Palmer speaks about FGM. 
Free just turn up
Oxford Quaker Meeting, 43 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW
Friday 3rd March 2017, 19:00 - 21:00 GMT
Hermione Wiltshire One to one portfolio review sessions.
Various prices. Booking required via eventbrite
The North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade, Summertown,
 Oxford, OX2 7JN Saturday 4th March 2017, 12:15 - 16:00 GMT
Meet HATCHED 2017 artists led by Maga Esberg in the gallery at the North Wall
Free just turn up
Saturday 4th March, 14.00 to 14.30 PM
The North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7JN
Meeting room upstairs at the Turl Street Kitchen, 16 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DH
Saturday 4th March 2017, 18:30 – 19:30 GMT
Various prices. Booking required via Eventbrite.

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                                                                                     I like Italy, but Italy doesn't like me, 2012

On the occasion of the Oxford International Women’s Festival and International Women’s Day, 
Roberta Orlando's work will take part in HATCHED 2017.




29.01.2017 / h 21
Doge Palace, Genoa, Italy

La persecuzione degli omosessuali nella Germania nazista è stata una delle prime persecuzioni ad essere messa in atto dal Nazismo; nel tempo di pochi mesi dalla salita al potere, la vita gay tedesca, fervente soprattutto a Berlino, è stata drasticamente interrotta e con questa la crescita del primo movimento omosessuale della storia. Subito sono cominciati 
la deportazione e gli esperimenti medici. Questi ultimi furono particolarmente violenti, perché perpetrati allo scopo di comprendere le ragioni della “deviazione sessuale” e di trovarne una “cura”.

L’Omocausto, cioè lo sterminio degli omosessuali, è stato studiato molto tardi e molto meno di altre deportazioni. 
Le cause sono da cercare non solo nelle difficoltà personali di chi avrebbe dovuto rivelare il proprio orientamento sessuale, ma anche nel riconoscimento dell’omosessualità come un crimine. Va ricordato che chi veniva internato in un campo di concentramento per omosessualità, ne usciva per essere incarcerato per il crimine di sodomia.

Il titolo dello spettacolo nasce dalla riflessione su come, negli anni della deportazione, l’umanità sia stata spenta e su come, successivamente, sia stata spenta e allontanata la memoria della deportazione degli omosessuali. 
Il percorso artistico costruito con BLACKOUT intende riportare luce in quei luoghi della storia che 
sono rimasti in ombra fino ai nostri anni.

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In memory of those who died, and have been persecuted because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Today, we also remember how many LGBTQI people live in fear of persecution in many countries.
On this occasion, Roberta Orlando will support the local LGBTQI community, taking part in  BLACKOUT.



Women's March

                                                                                           Image by Women's March

Women's Marches are taking place on 21st January in cities around the world. 
Find here a march near you.




Into The Blue - Ways of a New Beginning [Gallery]

January 13, 2017 / 20h
Abteilung für Alles Andere, Berlin, DE

A new year just started. A good time to step ahead and start something new.
INTO THE BLUE is a curatorial experiment with Eric Andersen, Roos Cornelius, Jessica Dunne, Ilse Ermen, 
Dorotea Etzler, JODI, Ute Lindner, Roberta Orlando und Björn Saul.
​Ein neues Jahr beginnt. Es ist an der Zeit Festgefahrenes zurück zu lassen und einen Neuanfang zu wagen, 
einfach ins Blaue hinein.
INTO THE BLUE - ein kuratorisches Experiment mit Eric Andersen, Roos Cornelius, Jessica Dunne, Ilse Ermen, 
Dorotea Etzler, JODI, Ute Lindner, Roberta Orlando und Björn Saul.


Digital frames from the series Poems & Itches will be shown at Into The Blue - Ways of a New Beginning.



Into The Blue - Ways of a New Beginning

January 13, 2017 / 20h
Abteilung für Alles Andere, Berlin, DE

                                                                                                                                                                                   Poems & Itches, 2016

A curated one-night-exhibition concerning the idea of (re)starting something without clearly knowing where this might lead to. We are looking for somethings that lead to possibly anything or maybe nothing.


Digital frames from the series Poems & Itches will be shown at Into The Blue - Ways of a New Beginning.