Bei Cosy

16th June – 8th July, 2017, open every Friday and Saturday from 17:00 – 23.00 at Rongwrong, Binnen Bantammerstraat 2, Amsterdam

Bei Cosy is a somewhere between an exhibition, a bar and a costume party, taking place over 4 weeks in the belly of Rongwrong in the Binnen Bantammerstraat 2 in Amsterdam. The project will feature a roster of invited artists hosting events every Friday and Saturday night and a series of newly commissioned works entitled Fingerbekenntnisse. Taking its name from a celebrated bar in Munich run by the artist Cosy Pièro from 1962 – 82, the project will pay homage to her work, the significance of her bar and its active position in the sexual politics of the time.

Although many of the patrons of Bei Cosy are today celebrated figures or have faded into obscurity – together they represent an essential yet fragile history, a complex interwoven web of art, sex, inclusion/exclusion, gender identity and sociability. It is these moments that become ‘lost’ or forgotten within mainstream historical accounts. This new Bei Cosy is intended to critically address the role social spaces play in our social, sexual, artistic and political lives – creating a new context for particular histories and archival material to emerge amongst new works and an intergenerational community of artists.

The concept of Bei Cosy is by Philipp Gufler and Richard John Jones in collaboration with Cosy Pièro, Sands Murray-Wassink and Laurie Cluitmans.

Invited Artists:
AA Bronson,
Johannes Büttner,
Johanna Gonschorek,
Philipp Gufler,
Caspar Jade Heinemann,
Fabian Hesse,
Richard John Jones,

Evelyn Taocheng Wang,
Sands Murray-Wassink.


This series of newly commissioned works depart from an infamous series of drawings that Pièro made for her bar that were seized under obscenity laws in Munich in 1963 and were most likely destroyed. The drawings depicted cats with women's heads and huge breasts engaged in a variety of acts with one another. Through the commissions, the invited artists have been asked to respond to these lost works of Pièro as a gesture of solidarity whilst also reinventing and reimaging these works from their own perspectives.

Program:
FRIDAY 16TH JUNE
17:00 – 23:00
Opening Night

SATURDAY 17TH JUNE
19:00 – 23:00
Vera Hofmann – WE KEEP LOSING OUR SPACES BUT WE CAN STILL HOLD [ON TO] EACH OTHER



With the help of rare archival material of lost LGBTIQ* spaces from the 1950-90s – excavated from the archive of Schwules Museum in Berlin – we connect to our people: the artists, the eccentric, the timid, the thinkers and dreamers, the sex-positive, the marginalized, the individuals who all once made a decision. We upload our gentrification pains and penetration anxieties, download fish and chicken and celebrate the openness of the gap.

DRESS CODE: Techno Witch and/or Matriarchal Acne


FRIDAY 23RD JUNE
19:00 – 23:00
Laurie Cluitmans – WITH THE TASTE OF A POISON PARADISE

An evening of screenings and special guests that could potentially turn into a surprise party…


SATURDAY 24TH JUNE
FROM 17:00
Julika Rudelius – THE LEGENDARY SPACES OF ENCOUNTER… THEN

A series of rituals, enforced conditions, audience participation, individual virtuosity will be downplayed, not needed. collective actions initiated by Julika Rudelius.

While watching performances in art spaces I wonder what the other onlookers think, is this our ecstasy, our communal experience, our alternative history? Ritual, entertainment, duty? Is something emerging, developing, we want to belong to? I long for performances that emerge out of happenstance gatherings which became an underground institution, by time, by reoccurance. How to simulate accidental meetings over time? Which would form everyday rituals and performance. Can one restore behaviour, organise the re-enactment of mythic or actual events.

YOU WILL HAVE TO BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS, but you will not be able to drink them.

FROM 19:00
Philipp Gufler: INDIRECT CONTACT



“Jäcki does not want to be an intruder at the archive.
- To empathise with everything, not just to do research.
- Can I stay until I have lived through all of it as well?”

Reading by Philipp Gufler from chapters one to six of his recently published artist book “Indirect Contact”.


FRIDAY 30TH JUNE
FROM 17:00
Julika Rudelius – THE LEGENDARY SPACES OF ENCOUNTER… THEN

A series of rituals, enforced conditions, audience participation, individual virtuosity will be downplayed, not needed. collective actions initiated by Julika Rudelius.

While watching performances in art spaces I wonder what the other onlookers think, is this our ecstasy, our communal experience, our alternative history? Ritual, entertainment, duty? Is something emerging, developing, we want to belong to? I long for performances that emerge out of happenstance gatherings which became an underground institution, by time, by reoccurance. How to simulate accidental meetings over time? Which would form everyday rituals and performance. Can one restore behaviour, organise the re-enactment of mythic or actual events.

YOU WILL HAVE TO BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS, but you will not be able to drink them.

FROM 21:00
Camilla Wills and Richard John Jones - BORROWED BODY



Borrowed Body is a karaoke night focusing solely on the musical back catalogue of David Bowie. In addition to the standard karaoke format, there is also a parodic ceremony and costumes. This night is about the yearning and self-effacement in Bowie's oeuvre - layering mimicry on mimicry to produce an event of psychological camouflage.

All welcome for a night of singing, all abilities, no shame – borrow a body for the night!


SATURDAY 1ST JULY
20:00 – 23:00
JL Dianthus – I WANNA BE FANUS



JLDianthus hosts a lip-syncing battle where Amsterdam’s newest drag talent compete to snatch a trophy. Read our lips honey because what you see isn’t always the trut…

SCRICT DRESS CODE – DRAGGILY EVER AFTER


FRIDAY 7TH JULY
FROM 20:00
Geo Wyeth



the crosxxxsing guard laments her position in the middle of traffic and hard questions bounce through the auditorium. squirting her body out, she wants to cross. and she misses corn chips even though they killed her mom.


SATURDAY 8TH JULY
19:00 – 20:00
Sands Murray-Wassink – NON – TRANSCENDENT HORSE PERFORMANCE



Several of my professors at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in the early 1990’s told me on separate unconnected / unrelated occasions that I would end up chained in someone’s basement in some kind of event connected with gay sex. I thought of Mapplethorpe and for years had a sketchy relationship to Mapplethorpe, I found him too aggressive in his wish for fame, suspicious when it came to dealing with his white privilege, and definitely too concerned with “beauty”. My work is ugly and I love that. I can’t draw but I can draw. Tracey Emin also told me about ten years ago that she saw me as a person who mixed violence with sex. I think what my professors and Tracey were referring to was my love of the abject, specifically in gay sex. Gay sex is the only sex I know, thank goddess. I would, no offense intended, hate to be heterosexual. But I feel close to some sexualized heterosexual female artists like Elke Silvia Krystufek.

And I feel close to her and Tracey because we all relate to males sexually somehow.

This is as far as I ever got in describing connections, and I do see connections but only to things / style / attitudes that I recognize in myself in other artist’s work like theirs. They are heirs to feminist art of the 1970’s and we all grew up in a world changed by feminist (art) movements. Elke is born 1970, Tracey 1963 and me 1974. I respond only to things in other artists, characteristics, which I find also in myself. I think various people dismiss me as not so intelligent, but I know better. I am interested in glamour and humor, in that order. I have studied my favorite artist peers to death.

I don’t wish to transcend. Anything. I want everything to be as it is. Life the body life experience. How it feels. Mystery exists in having no mystery. I feel female somehow in my appreciation sexually of men because I am more interested in what is inside than what is outside. I guess this goes for all facets of life. My biggest / greatest quality is that I do not make sense. Horses represent freedom for me, as a symbol (and they have muscular legs and back ends like me). And when I was growing up in Topeka, Kansas where I was born and lived for 18 years I was told horses as a symbol were for ‘girls’ and that I was a ‘boy’ – but a ‘boy’ who always wanted to be a ‘girl’. Maybe I wanted to be a ‘girl’ to attract men sexually. I was very precocious very early on.

Nikki C. showed me her vulva and the entrance to her vagina before I had pubic hair and I knew it was attractive. I am proud of my quite beautiful asshole and will showcase it in this performance, connecting the interior with the exterior. The only beauty is in abjection, as one cannot exist without the other (two sides of the same coin). Elke, Tracey and me are a three-sided coin. I am living in a white body and all my work is and has been about that.

*During the performance my artist book “Profeminist WHITE FLOWERS” (2007) will be for sale at a reduced price. Example pages here: http://www.sands1974.com/bookpwf.html



 
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