NAKED BOYS READING: CRUISING ADRIAN’S LIBRARY Curated by Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay
Fri 11 May 2018 / Doors 7PM / Event start 8pm / Strictly no admittance after 8:30pm
LUX has teamed up with Naked Boys Reading (NBR) to bring you a special edition of NBR taking place after sundown at LUX’s space in Waterlow Park, celebrating the launch of Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay’s new participatory audio work TREES ARE FAGS, commissioned by LUX and CRUSEV for the CRUISING GROUND project.
As guest curator of Naked Boys Reading, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay has designed a navigational score that leads this edition’s readers into the private library of London-based writer Adrian Rifkin. Cues based on the aesthetic and affective dimensions of cruising will guide the readers through thousands of books on art, music, cities and gay culture, until the texts they will read at Naked Boys Reading are found.
!IMPORTANT ATTENDANCE INFORMATION!
7PM – DOORS OPEN
For the official launch of TREES ARE FAGS with the opportunity to be some of the first to listen to and paticipte in this new work. This will be accompanied by a free public discussion between Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, LUX and CRUSEV about the activities of the cruising research projects and the development of the commission over the past year.
8PM – NAKED BOYS READING START
For ticket holders and guests.
8:30PM – PARK CLOSE
PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE STRICTLY NO ADMISSIONS AFTER 8:30PM
LUX is located within Waterlow Park and the gates to the park will be locked at sundown, approximately 8:30pm. There is no public access into the park after 8:30pm so please ensure to arrive in plenty of time. In the unforeseen circumstance where a guest needs to leave the event early, they will be escorted by a member of staff to the park exit.
Refreshments will be available throughout the night, please bring cash as there are no card facilities or ATMs onsite.
11PM – EVENT END / BENNY NEMEROFSKY RAMSAY: A LETTER TO THE MAN WHO…
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay is an artist, diarist and correspondent. His artistic work mediates emotional encounters with musical, art historical and Queer cultural material, encouraging deep listening and empathic viewing. In his work you will find bells, bouquets, ceramic vases, enchanted forests, folding screens, gay elders, glitter, gold leaf, love letters, imaginary paintings, madrigals, megaphones, mirrors, naked men, sex-changing flowers, sign language, subtitles, and the voices of birds, boy sopranos, contraltos, countertenors, and sirens. Nemerofsky’s work has been exhibited internationally, and is part of the permanent collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, the Polin Museum for the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Thielska Galleriet Stockholm and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. www.nemerofsky.ca
Naked Boys Reading
Naked Boys Reading is the perfect intimate monthly live event: a literary salon featuring in-the-buff readings by local beefcakes, bears, twinks, otters, butch femmes, sissy sluts, boys next door with an exhibitionist streak and lovers of naturism with a well-endowed library.
CRUISING GROUND II
This event is 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 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.
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.
Adrian Rifkin works with film and cinema, classical and popular music, canonical art and mass imagery, literature and pornography. Until recently he was Professor of Art Writing at Goldsmiths. Rifkin’s full biography, many of his essays, as well as his blog can be found on his website http://www.gai-savoir.net, where there are essays on music, queer theory, artists’ work and so forth.