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American Cigarettes

Sun 27 Aug 2017 / 5pm

LUX, Waterlow Park Centre
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LUX Scholar in Residence Ian Wooldridge will present three homosexual male video perspectives from North America, chiming with LUX’s current summer-long programme CRUISING GROUND and the 50th anniversary of the repeal of the Sexual Offences Act, 1967.

The video works use voyeurism, spoken word and appropriation in varying ways that highlight the queer sensibility of video as a medium, with the notion of video as a state of mind / queer as a state of mind.


John Greyson, You Taste American, 1986. 23mins

William E. Jones, The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography, 1998. 19mins 24secs

Steve Reinke, Corey, 1995. 2mins 51secs

Film still from William E. Jones' The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography, 1998.

About Ian Wooldridge

Ian Wooldridge (b.1982) is a British artist based in Zurich and a fine art lecturer at the ZHdK, Zurich University of the Arts. In 2017 Wooldridge was nominated for a Swiss Art Award. In his work, he deals primarily with questions around queer narratives and the skewing of media. He’s currently pursuing a PhD (working title: Queer Space, Video Space and Hermetic Space: States of Self Unhinged) under the supervision of Professor Ute Holl, University of Basel.