26 April – 10 June 2017

      To Become Two

      The Showroom, London
    2. Free entrance exhibition / Events through reservation

      Across an installation of six films, Alex Martinis Roe’s To Become Two traces the stories of six different, yet connected, feminist groups from the 1970s to the present who have built communities in Europe and Australia. These include: The Milan Women's Bookstore co-operative; Psychanalyse et Politique, Paris; Women's Studies at the University of Utrecht; a network in Sydney including people involved in the Sydney Filmmakers Co-operative, Feminist Film Workers, and the Department of General Philosophy at Sydney University; and Duoda - Centro de investigación de Mujeres and Ca La Dona in Barcelona.

      By using various methods such as participant observation, oral history interviewing, and archival research, Martinis Roe offers proposals for how to grapple with contemporary society through feminist methodologies. For the final film, Our Future Network (2016), Martinis Roe established a new network to explore these histories and what can be transferred into contemporary methods for collective working, which resulted in the development of twenty propositions for feminist collective political practices.

      At The Showroom, the project will further evolve with a programme of events and workshops led by Martinis Roe to extend on the Our Future Network propositions for feminist practices according to the needs, desires and contexts of those who participate.

    3. Programme:

      Thursday 18 May, 7–9pm: An introduction to To Become Two
      Alex Martinis Roe presents the project in conversation with Helena Reckitt, Senior Lecturer in Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London, and participant in Our Future Network.

      Friday 19 / Saturday 20 / Tuesday 23 May, 6–9pm: Three-part workshop
      Over three sessions, participants will undertake a series of exercises that expand on proposals generated in the Our Future Network film project to develop further propositions for new feminist political practices. These workshops will culminate in a public event on Saturday 27 May where participants will enact their collective proposals. Details of how to apply to participate are available here.

      Monday 22 May, 6–9pm: Open session
      An open one-off workshop for members of the public interested in learning more about the project. Participants will explore some of the political practices narrated in the film installation through discussion-based exercises and collective experiments.

      Saturday 27 May, 2–6pm: Public salon
      A public salon where the propositions for new feminist practices developed during the three-part workshops at The Showroom will be presented. These propositions will depart from the historical practices explored in the To Become Two film series, extended and adapted by the workshop contributors according to their needs and contexts.

    4. To Become Two is co-commissioned by ar/ge kunst, Bolzano, Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht, If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam and The Showroom, London. The accompanying workshops and performances are co-commissioned by the Keir Foundation. The project was produced with the support of the Graduiertenschule der Universität der Künste Berlin and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, and its arts funding and advisory body.

      Each film presented in To Become Two has been produced with additional support from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; BAR Project, Barcelona; The Blank Residency, Bergamo; Centre Intermondes, La Rochelle; Cross Art Projects, Sydney; Gender Studies, Utrecht University, Utrecht; the Samstag Program, Adelaide; and Viafarini-in-Residence, Milan.

      If I Can't Dance,
      I Don't Want to Be Part of
      Your Revolution