AIDS IN THE ARCHIVE: THE POLITICS OF HIV/AIDS IN THE AGE OF THE MEDICAL HUMANITIESWorkshop with Fiona Anderson
Fri 4 - Sat 5 May 2018 / Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday, 5pm-7pm
Friday 4 May, 10am-6pm
This day-long workshop explores the challenges that artists, curators, and historians face when working with material relating to HIV/AIDS in public and private archives and collections. Participants, including artists, historians, archivists, curators, and activists will be invited to share their experiences working with material relating to HIV and AIDS in the context of the rapidly-expanding field of the ‘medical humanities’ and to reflect on the ethics of working with large archives with activist material or with artists’ estates in relation to their own practice. How has the expansion of the medical humanities as a discipline and as a field of artistic inquiry informed how we tell histories of HIV and AIDS? How has the work of those recording and telling histories of HIV and AIDS been impacted by the funding of research and artistic production by a biomedical research charity? Participants will share ideas and best practice and work together to develop a screening programme for a public event on these themes the following day.
There are a limited number of spaces available for this workshop. If you would like to participate, please email [email protected] with “CGII Workshop” in the subject line.
Participation in the workshop is free and lunch will be provided.
Saturday 5 May, 5pm-7pm
Free, booking required via Eventbrite
This public screening draws upon a day-long workshop on the challenges that artists, curators, and historians face when working with material relating to HIV/AIDS in public and private archives and collections.
Stuart Marshall, Journey of the Plague Year, 1984, sd video, silent, loop
John Greyson, The Pink Pimpernel, 1989, sd video, sound, 32mins
Yann Beauvais, SID A IDS (AID S IDA), 1992, 16mm, silent, 5mins 30secs
David Farringdon, Gentlemen, 1988, 16mm, sound, 15mins
Jerry Tartaglia, Ecce Homo, 1989, 16mm, sound, 7mins
Funded by the Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal.
Part of CRUISING GROUND II (CGII) a public programme of exhibition, writing, workshop, performance and screenings at LUX April-May 2018, engaging with some of the of the different ideas explored in the ongoing research project CRUISING GROUND. First initiated at LUX in Summer 2017 in response to the organisation’s relocation to Waterlow Park, Highgate in North London, CRUISING GROUND takes the the ponds and cruising areas of neighbouring Hampstead Heath as a departure point for exploring the methodologies of cruising as a strategy for permanent institutional destabilisation and for queering cultural mediation and production within the arts.
CRUISING GROUND and CGII have been developed and curated by Matt Carter in collaboration with Cruising the Seventies: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures (CRUSEV), a three-year pan-Europe research project exploring LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) social and sexual cultures of the 1970s and their significance for LGBTQ people across Europe now and in the future.
Dr Fiona Anderson
Dr Fiona Anderson is Lecturer in Art History in the Fine Art department at Newcastle University. At the moment, she is completing a book on the art and gay cruising scenes on New York’s derelict waterfront in the years immediately preceding the HIV/AIDS epidemic, looking most closely at the work of David Wojnarowicz and Peter Hujar, and working on a new project on the culture and politics of the drug AZT.
Cruising the Seventies: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures (CRUSEV) explores LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) social and sexual cultures of the 1970s, and their significance for LGBTQ people across Europe now and in the future. CRUSEV reconstructs aspects of LGBTQ cultures and interactions from the 1970s, the decade before HIV/AIDS, to consider what this knowledge can contribute to queer politics and identity in Europe’s present and future. The three-year research project is financed by the European funding agency HERA, under HERA’s ‘Uses of the Past’ theme. www.crusev.ed.ac.uk // @cruisingthe70s