GRACE McQUILTEN



Grace McQuilten
Ilynx (detail)
(photographic details, newspaper print)
© 2008

Ilynx is a simple proposition in a city where everything is for sale. In public space, we are confronted, at every turn, with images designed to make us want something, designed to make us feel lacking somehow. Ilynx is a public art project that explores this problem in the form of a full-scale newspaper that subverts the strategies of free tabloid, MX. The difference is that Ilynx has nothing to sell, and its only purpose is to draw attention to human sensation in a world of synthetic desire. 5,000 copies of the paper were distributed at peak hour on public transport and in major city intersections throughout the City of Melbourne on New Year’s Eve. The exhibition contains extracts from the newspaper along with original photographs and images of details of human intimacy – skin on skin, embraces, hands, lines of text that question the material desires we take for granted along with images that capture the subliminal regulations and controls in our city streets.
Grace McQuilten

Ilynx will be on display in the main Platform cabinets throughout January 2008. See Unidentified for more.

JOSEFINE KRISTENSEN



Josefine Kristensen
Lifestyle Choice? The Can Series
(digital render, photographic print, lightbox)
© 2008

These works question consumerism and the concept of homosexuality being a lifestyle choice. Using a well known consumer product that is marketed worldwide brings to light how advertising appeals to the longings of consumers and in turn questions the concept of homosexual love being a "lifestyle choice". The work's conceptual thinking is a comment on society and love. There are three cans that have been labeled with three identities of love and each ask: Do we have a choice on how we feel and who we fall in love with? Do we really have the ability to feel love for any human being? Saying homosexuality is a lifestyle choice implies that love is a choice and is controllable. It implies that both homosexuality and heterosexuality are changeable lifestyles. Wouldn't this mean we could fall in love with whoever we choose? And, wouldn't it imply that we all feel equally homosexual love and heterosexual love? Advertising targets the desires of the consumer and makes products/services desirable by appealing to the sensibilities of the consumer. Wouldn't then advertising use homosexual scenarios just as much as heterosexual scenarios to target consumers if we had a choice and were able to feel equally homosexual and heterosexual love?
— Josefine Kristensen

On display at Vitrine in Degraves Street Subway Melbourne throughout January as part of Queer City in the Midsumma Festival 2008.