What Happens Here Stays With Us

Curated by John Michael Elammar



Artists: Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, Phoebe Osborne, Zac Thompson, Mark McCloughan, Linda Felcher, and Untitled Queen

Sounds by DJ Ickarus


Location: Pfizer Building, 630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Doors open April 18, 2019, 7:30 pm


The School of Visual Arts is pleased to present What Happens Here Stays With Us, organized by MA Curatorial Practice fellow John Michael Elammar.


I recently came across a puzzle-platform first-person game called Antichamber. The puzzles are based on passages leading the player through structures created by the game engine that are impossible within normal three-dimensional space. The game’s maze seamlessly expands as the player completes each challenge. I began to ask: Could such an approach to space be applied to curating and exhibition-making? For instance, could there be an exhibition without entrance or exit, or one that slows movement, disorients, stimulates contemplation, and doesn’t give too many answers? Perhaps it gives away just enough for the viewer to move through to the next stage.


What Happens Here Stays With Us takes the form of a one-night-only party where artists, performers, viewers, dancers, and works come together to celebrate queer practices that are perpetually appearing and disappearing. Historically, partying became more than a space for enjoyment and celebration; it became a bubble of collective thought and action, a particular form of space and time where underground communities formed to survive.


Inside the large warehouse space in the Pfizer building, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings’ UK Gaybar Directory (2016) presents an archive or visual directory of empty bars gay bars across the UK that have either shut down or are on the verge of shutting down. Phoebe Osborne’s three-hour durational performance Flake (2017-present) weaves in and out of the night, examining the relationships between bodies and environments under blue lighting while slow choreographed movements mesh with nail painting and hanging out.


Mark McCloughan projects disjointed poetry through a computer program that randomizes segments of their original poems throughout the night. Zac Thompson creates wall drawings of home interiors with pastel and charcoal dust that can be swiped away by the touch of a hand; reminding the viewer of their constant state of change, as well as the fragility of our upbringings and memories. There will be performances and installations by Brooklyn-based artists and drag queens Linda Felcher and Untitled Queen, and sets by DJ Ickarus.


Each of the artworks in What Happens Here Stays With Us were created out of the desire to critically analyze the spaces we occupy daily, I wanted to put the art back into its context, where it all began: the party.



Image credit: Phoebe Osborne, Flake, 2017. Performance at CP Project Space for Bodily. Documentation by Xinyi Ren.

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