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"Urinal Proximity". Courtesy Cruising Pavilion

Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture

20 September - 10 November

‘Cruising’ describes the quest for sex by homosexual men in public spaces. It is an urban pursuit taking place in parks, public toilets and car parks, as well as in dedicated establishments such as sex clubs and bathhouses. But cruising cannot be reduced to neither men nor gays, nor to any definite location. The historical model of cruising is evolving.

Presenting the many facets of cruising culture through the work of international architects, designers and artists, Cruising Pavilion explores a sexual and spatial practice that spans historical and contemporary culture. The combination of digital hook-up apps, urban development, and the commodification of LGTBQ (Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual and Queer) cultures means that traditional cruising grounds are continually adapting. Geospatial technologies have generated a psychosexual geography that spreads across digitally-connected homes and profiles.

The exhibition presents cruising as the producer of a non-hetero architecture that closely mirrors the patriarchal nature of the built environment. Cruising is at once revealed as a resistance, an avant-garde and a vernacular, with an active relevance in and beyond LGTBQ+ circles.

Cruising Pavilion at ArkDes is the culmination of two years of research. Previous exhibitions of the project in Venice, Italy (Spazio Punch), and New York City, USA (Ludlow38), have explored the different directions by which cruising practices have evolved. In this third and final edition, Cruising Pavilion focuses on the intersection of sexuality and the architecture of the city.

Participants

The list of participants will be released soon.

Cruising Pavilion: Pierre-Alexandre Mateos, Rasmus Myrup, Octave Perrault, Charles Teyssou
Curator at ArkDes: James Taylor-Foster
Production Assistant at ArkDes: Elisabet Norin
Installation: Markus Eberle, Stefan Mossfeldt
Graphic Identity: Studio Reko

Cruising Pavilion at ArkDes is a curatorial project by Pierre-Alexandre Mateos, Rasmus Myrup, Octave Perrault, and Charles Teyssou with James Taylor-Foster (Curator, Contemporary Architecture and Design, ArkDes).

Cruising Pavilion

Images from the exhibition


Installation view: Cruising Pavilion, Spazio Punch, Venice (2018). Photo: Louis de Belle. Courtesy Cruising Pavilion.

Installation view: Cruising Pavilion, Spazio Punch, Venice (2018). Photo: Louis de Belle. Courtesy Cruising Pavilion.

Installation view: Ludlow38, Goethe Institut, New York City (2019). Photo: Jason Loebs. Courtesy Cruising Pavilion.

Installation view: Ludlow38, Goethe Institut, New York City (2019). Photo: Jason Loebs. Courtesy Cruising Pavilion.

"Urinal Proximity". Courtesy Cruising Pavilion.

Cruising Pavilion (Charles Teyssou, Octave Perrault, Pierre-Alexandre Mateos, Rasmus Myrup). Photo: Louis de Belle (2018).

Cruising Pavilion (Charles Teyssou, Octave Perrault, Pierre-Alexandre Mateos, Rasmus Myrup). Photo: Louis de Belle (2018).

Read more about the exhibition

Presenting the many facets of cruising culture through the work of international architects, designers and artists, Cruising Pavilion explores a sexual and spatial practice that spans historical and contemporary culture. The combination of digital hook-up apps, urban development, and the commodification of LGTBQ (Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual and Queer) cultures means that traditional cruising grounds are continually adapting. Geospatial technologies have generated a psychosexual geography that spreads across digitally-connected homes and profiles.

The exhibition presents cruising as the producer of a non-hetero architecture that closely mirrors the patriarchal nature of the built environment. Cruising is at once revealed as a resistance, an avant-garde and a vernacular, with an active relevance in and beyond LGTBQ+ circles.

Cruising Pavilion at ArkDes is the culmination of two years of research. Previous exhibitions of the project in Venice, Italy (Spazio Punch), and New York City, USA (Ludlow38), have explored the different directions by which cruising practices have evolved. In this third and final edition, Cruising Pavilion focuses on the intersection of sexuality and the architecture of the city.

Participants

The list of participants will be released soon.

Cruising Pavilion: Pierre-Alexandre Mateos, Rasmus Myrup, Octave Perrault, Charles Teyssou
Curator at ArkDes: James Taylor-Foster
Production Assistant at ArkDes: Elisabet Norin
Installation: Markus Eberle, Stefan Mossfeldt
Graphic Identity: Studio Reko

Cruising Pavilion at ArkDes is a curatorial project by Pierre-Alexandre Mateos, Rasmus Myrup, Octave Perrault, and Charles Teyssou with James Taylor-Foster (Curator, Contemporary Architecture and Design, ArkDes).

Cruising Pavilion