Love Manifesto: Embodying disorientation through erotohistoriography

Ceglarz, Jakub Jan (2020) Love Manifesto: Embodying disorientation through erotohistoriography. [Show/Exhibition]

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In her book ‘Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories’ Elizabeth Freeman (2010) recognises the erotic body as a method to speak about non-normative experience of chronopolitics for queer identities. Ceglarz’s research borrows Freeman’s method (erotohistoriography) and applies it in practice-led fine art research in order to materialise pleasurable nooks of time and to create experiences of disorientating interruptions. His research seeks to disjoint the dominant narrative of pain and trauma in discourses on LGBTQI+ identities.

Ceglarz does this by focusing on materialising the experience of melancholy that emerges from the loss of spaces that served and cared for gay erotic practices. His installation titled ‘Love’ (2019) uses a combination of works that reflect on the migration of these spaces from the partially public sphere into pre-dominantly private. In these works he uses phallic imaginary embedding it with the domestic materialities and practices; from plates, egg cups, table cloths and hand towels that are painted, embroidered ironed and displayed. Accompanying the installation is a performance piece comprised of: reading out aloud the ‘Love Manifesto’ (Ceglarz, 2019); a love letter addressed to ‘My Dear Old Faggots’: and phallic shaped glitter pieces thrown sporadically into the air from a coffee cup with the word ‘Cocksucker’ painted on it. To enhance this experience, Ceglarz also uses the poetry of Jean Genet in his pieces, attenuating the non-chrononormative melancholy that allows for the “collapse of past and future into an immediate intensity” (Johnny Golding, 2013).

The installation and performance piece formed the basis of a solo exhibition in the international artist-run space, Lab155, Bologna (2019), and were part of the international conference ‘Un-tie the Knot: Redefining normativity in Love’ (2019) part of ORGAN VITA arts festival in Croatia held in the Museum of Nicola Tesla, Zagreb.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Additional Information: This output is composed of a series of artefacts and exposition (Research Catalogue) that are part of the final exhibition (Love, 2019) and performance (Love Manifesto, 2019-2020).
15 December 2020Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: queer theory, art research, continental philosophy, artistic methodologies
Subjects: CAH20 - historical, philosophical and religious studies > CAH20-02 - philosophy and religious studies > CAH20-02-01 - philosophy
CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-01 - creative arts and design > CAH25-01-02 - art
CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-01 - creative arts and design > CAH25-01-05 - others in creative arts and design
CAH19 - language and area studies > CAH19-01 - English studies > CAH19-01-05 - creative writing
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > College of Art and Design
Depositing User: Jakub Ceglarz
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2020 13:24
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:59

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