Shu Lea Cheang, WONDERS WANDER (2017)
This screening and panel discussion features short films by artists Zach Blas, Shu Lea Cheang, Natasha Lall, Elizabeth Mputu, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings and Ayesha Tan Jones, selected by Res. The following panel is led by writer Mijke van der Drift, curator Giulia Casalini and artists Jay Bernard and Natasha Lall.
The selected shorts resonate with Cheang’s notion of NEO ULTRA PUNK; an attitude that reshapes existing survival tools in order to function as part of a collective infrastructure for care within a techno-mediated context.
WONDERS WANDER, Shorts + Panel takes the last episode of Shu Lea Cheang’s WONDERS WANDER (2017) as its starting point. Commissioned for Madrid Pride, this mobi-web-serial is accompanied by an app that has GPS guided walks, with navigation to track trans-homo-phobic crime sites. The serial recounts tales of what Cheang describes as a ‘nouveau queer generation that includes refugees, migrants, functional diversity, transfeminista, open family, subversive motherhoods, sustainable living and the rise of auto-defence practices for self-empowerment’, the latter of which is featured in the final episode.
Shu Lea Cheang, WANDERS WONDER, 2017, 21 min
Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, Gaby, 2018, 7 min 51 sec
Ayesha Tan Jones, DEBUNKED: Where is Una Jynxx?, 2018, 7 min 31 sec
Natasha Lall, The 16mb, 2018 5 min 4 sec
Elizabeth Mputu, Network Congestion Awareness Exercise by @100PERCENTLIZ 4 CyberSerenity, 2016, 3 min 38 sec
Natasha Lall, Future Sounds, 2018, 5 min 7 sec
Zach Blas, Contra-Internet: Jubilee 2033, 2018, 30 min 51 sec
Natasha Lall, A Mini City, 2018, 5 min 11 sec
The programme NEO ULTRA PUNK runs in parallel to the exhibition Alembic III: Shu Lea Cheang + Annabelle Craven-Jones at Res., which includes a remaking of Cheang’s coin-operated, gender-fluid porno booth installation Those Fluttering Objects of Desire (1992).
Res. is a mutable project based in a gallery and workspace in Deptford, South East London. Alembic is curated by Res. curators Helen Kaplinsky, Sarah Jury and Lucy A. Sames.