This exhibition brings together the six films in Alex Martinis Roe’s long-term research project, To Become Two (2014 – 2016), which traces the genealogy of “feminist new materialist” and “sexual difference” philosophies through her engagement with different international feminist communities and their political practices.
The histories explored include: the Milan Women's Bookstore Collective, Psychanalyse et Politique, Women's Studies at Utrecht University (now Gender Studies), a network of people who were part of the Sydney Women's Film Group and General Philosophy at the University of Sydney, a milieu in Barcelona including Duoda and Ca La Dona, and a younger generation of women brought together by the artist through her research trajectory, with whom she has developed eighteen propositions for new feminist collective practices.
The films are presented in architectural installations designed by Martinis Roe in collaboration with Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga, and include archival elements from each respective history calling attention to the interior-architectural spaces created by each group as well as the materiality of the dispositif of their political practices.
The exhibition will be officially opened on Saturday 19 November from 3pm – 6pm, and will include an exhibition tour by Alex Martinis Roe at 4pm. Further details are available here.
The exhibition is co-presented by Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory and If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolutions in the Netherlands. 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. The exhibition in Utrecht is financially supported by K.F Hein Fund, Fentener van Vlissingen Fund and the Casco programme is supported by Mondriaan Fund, City City Council of Utrecht, and DOEN Foundation via Arts Collaboratory.
Each film presented in To Become Two has been produced with additional support from Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; ar/ge kunst, Bolzano; BAR Project, Barcelona; The Blank Residency, Bergamo; Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht; Centre Intermondes, La Rochelle; Cross Art Projects, Sydney; If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam; Gender Studies, Utrecht University, Utrecht; the Samstag Program, Adelaide; The Showroom, London; and Viafarini-in-Residence, Milan.
Alex Martinis Roe is one of four artists commissioned by If I Can’t Dance to produce a new work as part of Edition VI – Event and Duration (2015–2016). Her current projects focus on feminist genealogies and seek to foster specific and productive relations between different generations as a way of participating in the construction of feminist histories and futures.
Over the commission period, Alex Martinis Roe will develop a new film entitled Our Future Network, for the production of which she is establishing a network of practitioners, who, in the way they relate to one another and work together, intentionally develop and perform a number of new feminist political practices, which will become the subject and methodology for the film.
Our Future Network is the last in a series of six film-installations, entitled To Become Two (2014–2016), which map the relations between and within a number of collectives and currents who have produced and distributed feminist theory in Europe and Australia. The project explores the entanglement of theory and practice through compiling a history of the practices that brought about these theories, and, in turn, the practices that emerged from them.
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