Ruimte voor Actuele Kunst, Lange Leemstraat 387, Antwerpen
Opening: 2013/05/18 19:00
Carlos Aires, Liv Bugge, Hans Wuyts
Opening Saturday May 18, from 19u till 23u.
With performances by The Sacred and Profane Love Machine (Michael Curran and Adam Hilliker) and Planète Concrète.
For the exhibition with the title Glory Hole the space at LLS 387 ruimte voor actuele kunst is transformed into a dark room. Since the nineteen-sixties the dark room – usually a small back
room – has been a common feature of a gay bar, a meeting place par excellence, where men can openly engage in consensual sex in a shielded environment. According to Michel Foucault, within the urban context the dark room is the most democratic space, where origin, social status, appearance and age are irrelevant. In this dark labyrinthine structure everything is geared to the experience of anonymous sex. Black walls create various smaller spaces within the dark room; holes in the walls – the 'glory holes' – offer the possibility of sexual contact with someone unseen. The tradition of "Glory Holes" goes back as far as Ancient Egypt. In Europe they have been common since the sixteenth century. "Glory holes" appear then particularly in alleyways, bathhouses and toilets located in major port cities and trading towns such as Antwerp. Glory hole activity was free, but monetary tips or exotic candies were often poked through the hole as a reward for excellent work.