Wednesday Sep 14, 2022

Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #4 Tomás Espinosa: The art of cruising

Tomás Espinosa is artist and activist. He works in both in Berlin and Bogotá. The tension between the ‘intimate’ and the ‘public’ fuels his work. He installed two hanging mirrors with holes in a Berlin park, where men meet for sex. He filmed the installation and put a soundscape under it in which you hear Espinosa cruising through the greenery, making contact with other male bodies. Is this a disturbance of a secretive meeting place, or an attempt to emancipate? He took this installation to Bogotá where he engages since 2015 with La Red Comunitaria Trans, a trans activist network. Together they develop actions, performances and videos. 

A talk on a crisp, cold morning about fighting violence, having sex in public places, the urgency of protest, the worth of a life and the darker sides of fluidity. 

References:

Tomás Espinosa:
https://www.tomasespinosa.com
La Red Comunitaria Trans:
https://redcomunitariatrans.org
Cruising:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruising_for_sex
Necropolitics, Achille Mbembe:
https://criticallegalthinking.com/2020/03/02/achille-mbembe-necropolitics/ 

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