Park Nights 2018: Victoria Sin, The sky as an image, an image as a net

Serpentine Pavilion

27 Jul 2018 - 8:00 PM

Park Nights 2018: Victoria Sin, The sky as an image, an image as a net

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Victoria Sin presents a ballad of embodiment, longing and transformation, using poetry, drag, science fiction and an original soundtrack by Shy One. Drawing from seminal works of social science fiction and reflective, speculative encounters of looking and wanting, the performance ​presents a character’s journey through fictional locations, exploring transformational narratives in the often unsettling experience of the physical within the social body.  

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Victoria Sin is an artist using speculative fiction within performance, moving image, writing, and print to interrupt normative processes of desire, identification, and objectification. This includes: drag as a practice of purposeful embodiment questioning the reification and ascription of ideal images within technologies of representation and systems of looking, science fiction as a practice of rewriting patriarchal and colonial narratives naturalised by scientific and historical discourses on states of sexed, gendered and raced bodies and storytelling as a collective practice of centering marginalised experience, creating a multiplicity of social contexts to be immersed in and strive towards. Drawing from close personal encounters of looking and wanting, their work presents heavily constructed fantasy narratives on the often unsettling experience of the physical within the social body. Their long-term project Dream Babes explores science and speculative fiction as a productive strategy of queer resistance, imaging futurity that does not depend on existing historical and social infrastructure. It has included science fiction porn screenings and talks, a three-day programme of performance at Auto Italia South East, a publication, and a regular science fiction reading group for queer people of colour.

Park Nights is the Serpentine’s experimental, interdisciplinary live platform, programmed for the Galleries’ annual architectural commission, the Serpentine Pavilion.

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Victoria Sin 2

Victoria Sin 2

Victoria Sin performing in collaboration with Auto Italia South East at Open Codes, 2017, ZKM, Karlsruhe. Courtesy ZKM. Photo by Felix Grünschloß.
Victoria Sin 8

Victoria Sin 8

Victoria Sin, She must be used to it, she is so goddamn beautiful, 2017. Courtesy the artist.
Victoria Sin 5

Victoria Sin 5

Victoria Sin, Narrative Reflections on Looking, 2017, Installation view. Courtesy the artist
Victoria Sin 1

Victoria Sin 1

Victoria Sin performing at Glitch @ Night, part of Post Cyber Feminism International 2017, ICA, London. Courtesy ICA, London. Photo by Mark Blower.