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Cruising Pavilion
Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture

21 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.

The exhibition contains explicit works depicting sex and is not recommended for people under the age of 15.

Participants

Andreas Angelidakis
Monica Bonvicini
Tom Burr
Shu Lea Cheang
Victoria Colmegna
Earl Combs + Steve Ostrow
Etienne Descloux
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
DYKE_ON
Pol Esteve + Marc Navarro
General Idea
Robert Getso
Horace Gifford
Sidsel Meineche Hansen
Nguyen Tan Hoang
Andrés Jaque (Office for Political Innovation)
Studio Karhard
Ann Krsul + Amy Cappellazzo + Alexis Roworth + Sarah Drake
John Lindell
Henrik Olesen
Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo)
Hannah Quinlan + Rosie Hastings
Carlos Reyes
Prem Sahib
Jaanus Samma
S H U I (Jon Wang + Sean Roland)
Max Sohl + Paul Morris
Charles Terrell + Bruce Mailman
Tommy Ting
Madelon Vriesendorp
Steven Warwick
Robert Yang
Trevor Yeung


Cruising Pavilion:
Pierre-Alexandre Mateos, Rasmus Myrup, Octave Perrault, Charles Teyssou
Curator at ArkDes: James Taylor-Foster
Production Assistant: Elisabet Norin
Editor (Swedish): Annie Jensen
Proofreading: Shumi Bose, Daniel Golling
Light Design: El & Scenteknik AB
Installation: Markus Eberle, Stefan Mossfeldt
Production (Programming): Elisabet Schön
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).

West Side Club (2018), conceived by Carlos Reyes for Cruising Pavilion and designed by Dinamo ​with Laurence Favez, is an open source typeface connected to this exhibition. Download the font

With support from Institut Français de Suède.

Cruising Pavilion

Images from the exhibition


"Urinal Proximity". Courtesy of Cruising Pavilion.

"Cruising Pavilion". Courtesy of Cruising Pavilion.

Cruising Labyrinth (2016) / Andreas Angelidakis. Open source.

Cruising Labyrinth (2016) / Andreas Angelidakis. Open source.

From 'Lesbian Xanadu (Updated Version)' series (2019) / Ann Krsul + Alexis Roworth. Courtesy of the artists.

From 'Lesbian Xanadu (Updated Version)' series (2019) / Ann Krsul + Alexis Roworth. Courtesy of the artists.

'Reproduction of Flagrant Délit' (1975) / Madelon Vriesendorp. Courtesy of the artist.

'Reproduction of Flagrant Délit' (1975) / Madelon Vriesendorp. Courtesy of the artist.

Still from '“AAFAGC”, Applied Art for a Gay Club' (2011) / Jaanus Samma + Alo Paistik. Courtesy of the artists.

Still from '“AAFAGC”, Applied Art for a Gay Club' (2011) / Jaanus Samma + Alo Paistik. Courtesy of the artists.

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Friday

27 September


From Toilets to Tablets: Cruising Through Time

17:00  Admission free. In English.


Cinema Queer in collaboration with ArkDes proudly presents an evening in the footpaths of cruising with a curated selection of short films in the garden on Skeppsholmen, a panel discussion addressing cruising as an act of resistance, and guided tour with James Taylor-Foster of the exhibition Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture in Boxen at ArkDes.

Since the dawn of time, queers have hooked up for sex in all corners of society: in parks, alleys, on beaches and toilets, in clubs and in basements. With two short film programmes Cinema Queer makes space for some of these stories – some true, and some fiction. In From Toilets to Tablets: Cruising Through Time we present the raunchy, the tender, the political, the naked, the power and the resistance that is inherent in cruising.

Program
17:00 Curator’s Tour of Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture with James Taylor-Foster

18:45 Panel Discussion: Cruising as an Act of Resistance (panelists will be announced soon)
19:30 Film Program Part 1: The Sweet Sense of Desire
20:30 Film Program Part 2: In the Darkest of Alleys
Bar & DJ in Café Blom until 22:00

This event is a collaboration with Cinema Queer.

View the full Cinema Queer film program
From Toilets to Tablets on Facebook


Friday

11 October


Curator’s Tour: Cruising Pavilion

17:00  Admission free. In English.


Join James Taylor-Foster, Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Design at ArkDes, for a guided tour of the exhibition Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture.

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 exhibition presents cruising as the producer of a non-hetero architecture that closely mirrors the patriarchal nature of the built environment.

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.

The exhibition contains explicit works depicting sex and is not recommended for people under the age of 15.

Participants

Andreas Angelidakis
Monica Bonvicini
Tom Burr
Shu Lea Cheang
Victoria Colmegna
Earl Combs + Steve Ostrow
Etienne Descloux
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
DYKE_ON
Pol Esteve + Marc Navarro
General Idea
Robert Getso
Horace Gifford
Sidsel Meineche Hansen
Nguyen Tan Hoang
Andrés Jaque (Office for Political Innovation)
Studio Karhard
Ann Krsul + Amy Cappellazzo + Alexis Roworth + Sarah Drake
John Lindell
Henrik Olesen
Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo)
Hannah Quinlan + Rosie Hastings
Carlos Reyes
Prem Sahib
Jaanus Samma
S H U I (Jon Wang + Sean Roland)
Max Sohl + Paul Morris
Charles Terrell + Bruce Mailman
Tommy Ting
Madelon Vriesendorp
Steven Warwick
Robert Yang
Trevor Yeung


Cruising Pavilion:
Pierre-Alexandre Mateos, Rasmus Myrup, Octave Perrault, Charles Teyssou
Curator at ArkDes: James Taylor-Foster
Production Assistant: Elisabet Norin
Editor (Swedish): Annie Jensen
Proofreading: Shumi Bose, Daniel Golling
Light Design: El & Scenteknik AB
Installation: Markus Eberle, Stefan Mossfeldt
Production (Programming): Elisabet Schön
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).

West Side Club (2018), conceived by Carlos Reyes for Cruising Pavilion and designed by Dinamo ​with Laurence Favez, is an open source typeface connected to this exhibition. Download the font

With support from Institut Français de Suède.

Cruising Pavilion