(A) Dark Room Space
Billy Bultheel / Adam Fearon / Max Göran / marum / Doireann O’Malley / Eoghan Ryan / Jacolby Satterwhite / Ashkan Sepahvand + Zander Porter / sstmrt.com
curated by Thomas Butler & Zander Porter with support of ROOM E-10 27 at Center, XenoEntities Network, & Agora
Off-site project @ Agora Am Sudaus 5, 12053 Berlin
(A) Dark Room Space is an immersive exhibition-nighttime-event focusing on queer spaces of sociability as potential sites of transformation. In a queer imaginary, the darkroom is a physical site of excess, whether sexual, performative or intoxicating. In contrast, the internet, with its networked nature, can offer myriad “off-physical” counter-sites in the forms of P2P (peer-to-peer connection / file transfer), MMOG (massive multiplayer online game), camsex (Skype, Cam4), anonymous imageboard sites (4chan), and more. Excess immersion, excess subjectivity, and excess cruising have rendered both real and virtual sites of the queer-social intersectional. In major urban centers, condo gentrification effects change around future possibilities of online and offline forms of cruising and the (spontaneous) encounter.
In times of excessive subjectivity, opacity in the darkroom offers conceptual respite from the predominant transparency/surveillance paradigm standardized by (cam-)surveillance technologies. Departing from the darkroom as a portmanteau largely significative of the gay male sex site, a dark room space may offer alternative utopics of identity-obfuscation where the social is not as readily determined by the ocularcentrism of sex. Appropriating tactics of dark room immersion as a point of interest for the genre of the art event, we wonder how a collection of works which engage with the body in social, sexual, sonic, corporate, public/private, and online/virtual situations can raise questions around digital and affective intersections of the phenomenological. In other words, allow us to imagine a temporary space-time in which a collective queer body may be constituted from iterations and combinations of digital and physical tethers.