Paying homage to the golden age of Pinky Violence, Ultraviole(t)nce revisits past and contemporary resistances against patriarchy and sex-ploitation. Repetition and regurgitation, utilised as tools of enforcement and engagement, collapses such scenes of violence, delirium, and bestial desire into a condensed moving image. Sisterhood, somewhat perverse but empowering, solidifies the revolt against essentialist power. Injected with godai (Japanese Five Elements), Ultraviole(t)nce draws parallels between the struggles of womanhood and Acts of God. The female heroine comes to the fore—she rises from the ashes of lunacy, basking in the afterglow of her emancipation.
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Inspired by a now obsolete psychological term, Ladybeard presents Hysteria will interrogate archaic notions of 'women causing trouble'. The programme includes Dirty Looks: an evening exploring the portrayal of sex on film, including work by filmmakers reclaiming porn through a feminist lens; Technical Issues: a night celebrating women making waves in the digital art world; alongside collaborative life-drawing sessions and Spiral; a group show of female artists shedding new light on so-called ‘female disorders’ like anxiety.
The series of events aims to encourage the audience to explore elements of the female and non binary experience that usually remain hidden; from anxiety to pleasure, to trauma, Ladybeard will investigate those sensations that make us human.
Event listing on Guest Projects.
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