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Thursday, March 29, 2012

On the Silver Couch: Rózsa Zita Farkas

Rózsa Zita Farkas
Curator and co-director of Arcadia Missa, Rózsa Zita Farkas

Tell me your story of your life in 140ch:

I am a #dawta of TheMother. She is the wo(man). Gone from one institution onto another, my hedonism and their hierarchy's were at times at odds. I started A_M + am still looking for a #newhierarchy 

What would be the most provocative exhibition you could envisage in your space?

We recently had a provocative exhibition which was a week long duration performance by Thomas Bresolin, entitled Militant Training Camp. Not so much an exhibition, more an experiment into obedience and communisation. The 'militants' lived in the gallery for a week and carried out a series of violent performances responding to current activisms played out on and offline. However, in this moment now, I think that the most provocative exhibition I can see hypothetically, would be a non-exhibition where people are invited to a closed gallery - I don't know why this has come into my head but perhaps it is because shock value is something that has been already 'spent' within contemporary art, and an artwork which shocks is not necessarily anymore a culturally contemporary language. At a non-exhibition, if the roadside/public space/junkspace was 'enough', then maybe the non-exhibition could become an 'exhibition' (or work could be made instantly on smartfones/laptops/with beers). Or collectively all present could try to force the non-exhibition to 'exist' by a mass twitter trend attack - who knows, it could just be a party. And/or it could just be 'provocative' due to the irritation to visitors it may cause :) 

How do you see feminism being played out online?

I am going to answer this briefly and keep it separate from art (although obviously it exists in net-art forms) as it is complex and something I am researching so don't want to personally label it prematurely. 

I do think that the performance of the self and gender identity can be easily exaggerated and therefore enacted more honestly online, as although there are still pervasive and dominant cultures virtually as in irl, there is also more (and more immediate) avenues for escapism online. In essence you can 'be' who you choose to be, and if that's swapping your gender, your sexuality, or even reclaiming an identity of femininity which irl may be too entrenched in consumer culture or recognisable as anti-feminist, the internet allows a space for all and more of these things to take place. And in this sense the notion of reclaiming WHAT it means to be female/feminist/feminine within the plethora of versions all these things inhabit, one has the access, autonomy and personal power within the social context (/urls) to do so online.

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