Queer Temporalities / Raving Architectonics, 2018
“It is ostensibly funny how power plants and factories have assumed a function — the club — diametrically opposed to their original use: dissipating excess energy through physical and affective work without obvious utility, such as dancing, the chemically accelerated depletion of dopamine and serotonin stocks, and non-reproductive sex.” — Martti Kalliala
XEN presents/performs an expanded class incorporating sound, film, discussion, and alternative ways of being-together in a learning context. In Queer Temporalities: Raving Architectonics, XEN introduces, performs, and dissects the historical yet topical idea of “rave” as a site for emancipation and community-building, drawing links between this and queer temporality. The group discusses supporting excerpts from José Esteban Muñoz (“Take Ecstasy with Me”), Helen Hester (Xenofeminism), Martti Kalliala (“Club Ruins”), Ashkan Sepahvand (Everything I learned about technocapitalism, I learned at Berghain), and Paul B. Preciado (Pornotopia), digressing into how spaces, architecture, and environment can have utopian potential, and questioning the problematics of the (queer) utopia. Texts are introduced with the film Nous ne serons plus jamais seuls by Yann Gonzalez.
The seminar-performance was originally constructed by Lou Drago, Pedro Marum, and Zander Porter for Future Memories at the University of Cologne’s Institute for Art and Art Theory (documentation video © Lea Dinger) and was reconfigured for Creating Empathy at Spektrum for transmediale 2019.