Artists desperately seeking some hard science in their lives…
Collaboration is at the heart of Queering Love Queering Hormones. Each of the artists who is making a film as part of the project is looking to collaborate with scientists, researchers, academics, and medical practitioners to help them fully understand the ideas they are grappling with, and to create better films.
Scroll down to meet the artists who are looking for (loving, creative, intellectual, spiritual, chemical) collaborations!
If your interest is piqued and you think you might like to share your thoughts, ideas and expertise with any of the artists, do drop them a message via their email address. Maybe you could make beautiful art together?
If you want to get in touch about the project as a whole, rather than contact individual artists, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi! I’m Sam Ashby
My project is called Attractive Male Slides
My film will seek to explore the ways in which science has historically attempted to control and conquer love, through the oppression of queer sexuality and desire. Taking research that he has undertaken on so-called ‘aversion’ or ‘reparative’ therapies for homosexuality as a starting point, I will explore the types of images, or ‘visual cue stimuli’, that were typically shown to patients during these trials, providing fascinating insights into the methods of scientists at the time, and allowing us to observe historical concepts of desire through the lens of science.
Images I’ve found during my research that are inspiring my work
Here’s a little bit about me: I am an artist, designer, and writer based in London, UK. Since 2010, I have been publishing Little Joe, a unique forum for the discussion of film around subjects of sexuality and gender within a queer historical context.
Can you help? Contact me via email@example.com
Hello! I’m Evan Ifekoya
My project is called A Score, A Groove, A Phantom
A familiar nightclub scene
I want to investigate the relationship between community, sexuality and the dance floor. For many queer people our first memories of a burgeoning sexuality can be traced back to that space. I plan to investigate the erotic potential of those experiences as political formation.
To fight the neoliberal state is also to erotically and poetically occupy it – Hypatia Vourloumis, ‘Ten Theses on Touch, or, Writing Touch’
Through my own interest in specifically queer Diaspora becoming, I will explore the possibility of nightclub ontology through film. How might the body and its hormonal responses become activators for the medium? Might the nightclub also be a space to mourn as well as celebrate life?
Here’s a bit about me: I am an interdisciplinary artist, currently pursuing projects in film, performance and sound. Appropriated material from historical and contemporary archives makes up my work.
I’m looking for… Practitioners in the field of biomechanics and kinesiology interested in tracking and researching movement in social space. Endocrinologists in relation to bodily secretions as a result of joy and lust. Brain and heart imaging related to love, lust, desire and mourning.
Can you help? Contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello! We are Juliet Jacques and Ker Wallwork.
We are working together on our film. Our project doesn’t have a title yet, but we know that the film we’ll make will draw on the blurred roles of hormones (focusing on dopamine and oestrogen) in both love and attraction, and mental illness, and in our cultural understanding of gender and sexuality. We will explore the politics of hormones in contemporary theories of mental health conditions, raising questions around scientific neutrality, in terms of who and what is deemed pathological – for example, gender reassignment being treated through mental health services rather than endocrinology.
A bit about us…
Juliet: I am a writer based in London. My memoir, entitled Trans, came out on Verso Books in September 2015, and my journalism and short fiction has appeared in a variety of publications and websites.
Ker: I am an artist based in London. My work is largely sculptural and is concerned with failures in communication. Playing with symbolism, I (mis)appropriate elements from historical art, architecture and contemporary media to suggest alternative and disordered histories.
Ker Wallwork Untitled (2014)
We’re looking for… we’d like to talk to endocrinologists, neuroscientists and/or sexologists about how dopamine affects the brain, in both love and psychosis, and how oestrogen levels correlate to sexual drives and desires.
Can you help? Contact us via email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey, I’m Jacob Love.
I’m an artist and teacher. Here’s a still from some of my work:
See more at www.jacoblove.net
The working title of the film I’m making as part of Queering Love, Queering Hormones is STRINGS
The film I’ll make will look at queer love and hormones in relation to my own experiences of having ADHD and witnessing the affects that chemsex is having on how gay men connect. I am particularly interested in the use of both film (chemical/organic/tangible/slow) and digital video (intangible/instant/hyperreal) as a mediums in this project. My aim is to make work that deals with the intersection of digital online communication, sexuality and altered states.
I’m looking for…to make connections with anyone who has any knowledge of audio/visual induced altered states, such as:
• Audio-visual entrainment (AVE)
• Binaural Audio
• Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR)
I am interested to hear from anyone who has anything to say about how new forms of communication and interaction (internet/instant messaging/screen interaction/devices) affect brain chemistry and in particular how we make connections and experience love.
Any information or research relating to:
• The interaction between drug use and sex in the brain.
• Limbic resonance,
• Transient hypofrontality
• ADHD /the use of GHB to treat ADHD
• Embodiment and neuroscience
• Addiction/trauma/the body
Can you help? Contact me via email@example.com
Hi there – I’m Val Phoenix
My project is called Love/Sick
Love/Sick will Look at the unattached woman in cinema and how she resists heteronormativity, Love/Sick will juxtapose cinematic representations of strange love with an archive of medical materials.
I’m influenced by punk and experimental cinema
About me: I work across different media, as journalist, filmmaker, radio producer
I’m looking for…. I am keen to work with an endocrinologist in relation to oestrogen and its role in affecting emotions, as well as menopause and its effects on emotions.
Can you help? Contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, I’m Renee Vaughan Sutherland
I’m interested in developing a discourse and work incorporating the hormonal changes or reactions that are not in keeping with social expectations of gender and sexuality in the ‘traditional’ framework of ‘love at first sight’ and if, why or how the body can hormonally reject or rebel against social ‘norms’.
I am proposing to use a combination of well known scenes from classic movies that that dictate the mainstream (Hollywood) notion of ‘love‘ combined with recreating/shooting these scenes using participants inverting the gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age and class of the roles. By applying diversity to the well rehearsed repetitive mandate of the cinematic projections of ‘love’ I will explore the possible differing hormonal reactions to these recreated scenes. Continuing with my practice of affecting the malleable and sculptural surface of the film I propose to apply hormonal extractions to recreated ‘love scenes’ exploring the potential of this directly impacting / altering the image ‘hormonally’ and potentially the way the viewer responds to it.
Who am I? I’m an Australian born artist living and working in London. Using film, performance and expanded cinema, I work with the notion of the gaze and its sculpting potential on gender identity through projection onto an individual or the collective psyche.
Renee Sutherland Treatment (2015).
16mm film still.
I’m looking for… scientists and researchers of endocrinology who are interested in collaborating in the research and development of ideas of rebellious hormones.
Can you help? Contact me via email@example.com
Hi there, I’m Nina Wakeford
My project is called Embrace The Base
Embrace the Base is an exploration of menstrual synchrony as a truth or fiction of oestrogenic hormones, particularly as this speaks to ideas of group solidarity and collective passions. I’m interested in situating this work within queer feminist communities, and most specifically the site of Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp (1981‐1994). Whether or not it can be proven by “hard” experimental science, the very idea of menstrual synchrony is a filter through which ideas about biological determinism and hormonal ‘realities’ meet the promise of love beyond the romantic couple, and this will be realized within an experimental film. I begin by asking how do the collective identity politics of the 1980s encounter the endocrinology of today?
About me: I’m an artist and sociologist. I teach at Goldsmiths, University of London. I am the co-editor of the book Inventive Methods: The Happening of the Social.
I’m looking for… I’d like to visit a laboratory/bench setting in an endocrinology department, and understand further the material practices of the experiments (literally what is done in terms of fluids, instruments, visual representations of results). More generally I’m interested in talking to scientists about the original paper published on menstrual synchrony in Nature in 1971, and why is has been dismissed, and current debates on pheromones.
Can you help? Contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org