Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz Charming for the Revolution 2009 © Courtesy the artists and Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam
Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz
Charming for the Revolution 2009

Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz – Part 1

Stuart Comer introduces the first event of the Charming for the Revolution: A Congress for Gender Talents and Wildness series, Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz.

Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz – Part 2

The work of Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz reflects on the interplay of sexuality, sexual perversions and representation, continuously returning to unrepresented or illegible moments in history.

This screening and artists’ conversation brings together three recent works by Boudry / Lorenz: a staging of punk archives from a period between 1970 and 2031; a radical reimagining of the housewife set in Berlin Zoo; and a layering of labour, class, desire and drag in Normal Work. Here a host of characters are portrayed, living — indeed thriving — in defiance of convention, law and economy, a collapse of category and time sometimes described as ‘temporal drag’.

These films demonstrate the pleasure and command the artists take in the cinematic medium and their focus on informal relations and affective work: ongoing and close collaborations with a host of contemporary performers, friends and accomplices.The artists introduce and reflect on each of the works followed by a Q&A after the screening.Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz have collaborated since 1998 and their work has been extensively exhibited internationally. Recent solo shows include Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (Paris Triennale), 2012; Swiss off-site Pavilion, as part of Chewing the Scenery, Venice Biennale, 2011; Les Complices, Zurich, 2010; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, 2010.

Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz – Part 3

A question and answer session with Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz following the screening of three of their films at the Charming for the Revolution congress held at Tate Modern

Charming for the Revolution is an experimental congress of artists, activists and thinkers who seek to unpick underpinning, pressing questions of contemporary sexual and gender politics; exploring strategies that divert and destabilise normative gender and its representations. The series of events gathers major international figures who explore radical expressions of sexuality and gender. Their work invokes what Kathy Acker called the ‘languages of wonder, not of judgment’ to imagine new paths to liberation and social justice. This constellation of events at Tate Modern will highlight a range of positions, representations and manifestos to assess and debate an exciting, emerging field of shifting identities, active communities and political dreams.

The series of events features films, performance and a major international symposium and brings together the UK premiere of Wu Tsang’s award-winning film Wildness (2012), followed by Breakdown (2013) a new performance by Tsang in collaboration with Kelela and Ashland Mines; a symposium convened by Carlos Motta with Xabier Arakistain, Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad, Giuseppe Campuzano, J. Jack Halberstam, Beatriz Preciado, Dean Spade, Terre Thaemlitz, Wu Tsang, Del LaGrace Volcano and Campbell X; a performance by Carlos Motta and Matthias Sperling; and a screening of works by Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz.