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Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz Tate Tanks Screening

1 February 2013, 7 pm
The Tate Tanks at Tate Modern
Bankside, London SE1 8TG

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.

Boudry/Lorenz's distinctive treatment of the moving image, their use of film loops as a mode of performance in itself, and the fluency and pleasure of their cinematography has gained them widespread international acclaim, yet this screening in The Tate Tanks and the accompanying exhibition at the South London Gallery mark the first solo presentations of their work in the UK. Together they stage the actions of individuals and groups living - indeed thriving - in defiance of convention, law and economy. Producing plays for the camera, they upset normative historical narratives and inclusions through the staging, projection and layering of moments and figures across time.

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 will introduce and reflect on each of the works followed by a Q&A after the screening.

The event coincides with Boudry / Lorenz's solo exhibition at the South London Gallery, Toxic Play in Two Acts.


No Future/ No Past
Super 16 mm transferred to HD, 2011, 30 min

Charming for the Revolution
16 mm transferred to DVD, 2009, 12 min

Normal Work
16 mm transfered to DVD, 2007, 13 min

About the artists

Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz have collaborated since 1998 and their work has been extensively exhibited internationally. Recent solo shows include South London Gallery (2012-13); 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.

Toxic Play In Two Acts is supported by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Swiss Cultural Fund in Britain with support in kind from Institut français du Royaume-Uni. The associated events programme is supported by Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. (IFA) and by Goethe-Institut London.Toxic was co-commissioned by Electra, Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers and Paris Triennale.

Toxic Play in Two Acts: Fanzine
Related Links
Charming for the Revolution:
A Congress for Gender Talents
and Wildness

Gender Talents: A Special

The Movers

Wu Tsang, Wildness

Breakdown: Kelela, Ashland Mines
and Wu Tsang

Toxic Play In Two Acts:
Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz