In The Studio | Queerness, Identity, and intersection of Fictional Narratives Through Santiago's Art
Eros is a touring event that will combine works by international and local artists.
These talented artists will be touring to showcase their art works, at Projet Pangee (December 16th), and Godberd (December 22nd) with performances by Santiago Tamayo Soler, Marie Segolene, Vicente Ugartechea, Catie Rutledge, Holly Timpener and more.
Inspired by the history of the Cabaret Voltaire, and the contemporary performance evenings such as NYC's Incarnata Social Club, this simple informal event aims to provide accessilibity to a variety of performance asethetics while bringing together international and local artists in an environment of open exploration.
It just sounds fantastic to say the least. In order for us to get you prepared for their shows, I decided to explore their background and overall inspiration when it comes to the work. Let's dive into their world and get to know as many of them as possible, continuing with Santiago Tamayo Soler, through his bold and beautiful performance art that pushes boundaries.
We asked him to answer a lil' Q&A for this In The Studio series leading up to the first date of the shows, and he delivered in the form of very poetic responses. Scroll through it after the jump.
How would you describe Santiago under 140 characters?
Soon I’m turning 27.
I have a fever.
Sagittarius and Cancer.
how to define:
Describe to us what a typical day in Santiago’s life looks like?
I wake up too early, sleep too little.
Have a glass of water, smoke a cigarette, take a shower.
I’m running late.
Fall in love with more than 10 people before arriving to class/work.
Listen to my iPod,
look myself in reflections, maybe too much.
Another coffee, another smoke.
Think about him.
Regret thinking about him.
Come back home, tired.
Maybe a hook up, if lucky.
I’m neglecting my family and most of my friends.
Anyhow, I’m in a better place now.
What is your favourite medium to work on? Performance? Video? Installation?
I’m currently focusing in both video and performance, but writing is everything.
If you had to pick a gif that represents your art, what would it be?
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
If I’m too polite, you’re not my friend.
How do you translate topics such as Queerness, Identity, and intersection of Fictional Narratives through your art?
Translation depends on language.
The creative process that leads to the final works is defined by an almost accidental – intuitive – aggrupation of images, signs, and symbols: my work starts when I use my own language to investigate, transform, and develop those elements, when I bring them together to create a new ‘whole’. These elements appear mostly through sketches, texts, memories, and/or dreams: the feeling of a movement, the altered memory of a space, a sentence, a sound. The autobiographical aspect of my work makes topics as queerness and identity come often to the surface. I raise constant questions about human intimacy, relationships, the status of a body (as a political, religious/spiritual, social, physical, and emotional entity), the meaning of a voice, and of appropriation. The intersection of fictional narratives appears when I need to connect such elements in order to create cohesion. For this process, I like to structure the works by exploring cinematographic and literary approaches to narratives. It is in these fictional connectors, where something special happens because, somehow, by making the work less about myself, and more about a global experience, it immediately becomes more approachable: it gives enough space to the audience to connect and project their own experiences on the images. My work belongs to me until I present it in front of an audience.
What can someone expect from the Eros show coming to Montreal? Any upcoming projects you can tease with us? What’s to come?
People should expect intimate, diverse, and radical performances from a group of international queer artists, on the power, weight, value and significance of desire.