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Roundtable Conversation

Mathew Parkin & Mason Leaver-Yap – 'Meet me at The Vintners (What you're looking for is looking for you)'

Online via Jitsi

21 May, 2020

An online collective learning group with Mathew Parkin & Mason Leaver-Yap responding to Sharon Hayes’ Ricerche films.
Free but booking essential due to highly limited capacity.

'I told the participants that I wasn't going to be investigating into who they were specifically. They didn't have to answer authentically. I was interested in who ever they wanted to be when they showed up in front of a camera. That is to say, I was interested in the many "whos" they are, the many personas that they channel or that they occupy.'
Sharon Hayes describing the making of 'Ricerche: three', (2013)

Join Mathew Parkin and Mason Leaver-Yap at The Vintners, a former Glasgow gay bar and imaginary space for staging communal conversation, revisiting queer histories and engaging in discourse on collective identity.

The discussion will be informed and embedded in the context of Sharon Hayes’ Ricerche series of films (2013 – ongoing), particularly 'Ricerche: three', (2013) which was filmed with students of the all-women’s college Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts.

Participants will assemble as a collaborative learning group to understand constructions of togetherness and individuality. The virtual space of The Vintners will serve as a backdrop to a series of guided exercises, short screenings, and conversational prompts. This gathering will instigate the development of a few collective questions, with an eye on recent queer history and its relevance to the here and now.

How to Participate:
– This online gay bar is open to the messiness and solidarity that one would expect IRL. Please self-select your participation on that basis.

– The Vintners has capacity for 15 people. To participate, please send a few lines to [email protected] about why you want to meet at The Vintners and what you might like from our time together by Sunday 17 May. We look forward to confirming your participation over email and we will send further instructions about how to find the bar online.

– We ask participants to watch Sharon Hayes’ 'Ricerche: three' (2013) in advance of this session, and join us at The Vintners for two hours.

Technical Requirements:
– As this is an online meeting, participants will need access to a computer capable of sending and receiving audio and video over a stable internet connection.

– Please use Google Chrome as your web browser (this browser works best with Jitsi. Jitsi also provides its own Jitsi Meet app if preferred for smartphone/tablet use).

– Information with an online link and password will be distributed to confirmed participants in advance of our session.

Mathew Parkin is an artist, writer and home cook mainly working with moving-image, family and friends. They are based in Glasgow and have recently been in residence at Art House, CCA Glasgow and Hospitalfield Arts. Recent public projects have been with LUX Scotland, Tramway, Grand Union and IMT Gallery.

Mason Leaver-Yap works with artists to produce texts, exhibitions, and events. Based in Glasgow and Berlin, they are currently working with Iman Issa, Onyeka Igwe, Lucy McKenzie, Lin+Lam, Andrea Büttner, Renée Green, and Ingrid Pollard.

Sharon Hayes is one of the most influential politically and socially committed artists working in the United States. She has been the subject of retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. ‘Ricerche’ is an ongoing project composed of multiple video works that use Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1964  film, ‘Comizi d’amore’ (Love Meetings), as a guidepost and framework for an examination of gender, sexuality and contemporary collective identifications. It continues  Hayes’ investigation of the act of public speech, and its intersections with history, politics, activism, queer theory, love and sexuality, through both the collective and the individual voice.

Image: Courtesy of Mathew Parkin and Mason Leaver-Yap.

Sharon Hayes, 'Ricerche: three'