“Architecture… in Process”
4-6 PM – TOPOLOGICAL MEDIA LAB
Queer Space can be concrete or abstract: a space expressed in the material dimensions of the built environment, or conjured through social and discursive practices. At present, my research and production explores and maps its political potential and aesthetic dimensions through the latter, articulated in relation to social and visual arts practices. A queer orientation towards a subject is inherently a dis-orientation. Architecture, in its present form, aids in the entrenchment of oppressive social structures that benefit the few at the expense of the many. Disorientation as a queer tool is also a spatial gambit: A re-orienting of Architecture through the lens of queerness shifts it away from the production of hegemonic structures towards a landscape versed in resistance to the norm.Matthew-Robin Nye is an interdisciplinary artists with an education and professional background in the architectural and construction industry. His current research is concerned with the definition and production of Utopic Queer Architectural Space through oral history projects, performance, video work and installation. Formerly a member of the Flux Factory collective in New York City, he has exhibited, lectured and held residencies in Canada, the United States, South America and Europe. Notable collaborations include projects with The Art Gallery of York University (CAN), Paper Tiger Television (US), Greenpeace, Raketa Press (SE) and recently, the premier of ‘SEROCENE’ at the MIX NYC Experimental Queer Film Festival. Presently, Matthew-Robin Nye is a participant in the SenseLab, and is currently preparing a curatorial project on Architecture by Artists in Vancouver, opening in 2015.