Saturday 30 June 2012


Jaime Gili next to his work

and direct from Caracas Dj Tostoni

the sun has gone at Tynesmouth station

and North Eastern Railway map

and Gili's sketch for the project

Jaime Gili
Posters para Postes / Posters for Posts
Tynemouth Station
curated by Pablo Leon de la Barra

"Had I seen this old picture of Tynemouth Station before, maybe I would have considered renewing the idea of a permanent installation of flowers hanging from its columns. Those plants initially were acting like fireworks celebrating the new possibilities of metal and glass in architecture. We can imagine the feeling that such amount of light gave to the users of the station in 1890, still common in good modern architecture today: transparency, warmth, lightness.
The station has changed only a little bit, and somehow for me like perhaps for those who put those plants the first time, the necessity to add colour remains. Initially the work took many roads, but finally the idea of working with the columns won. It is an essential element that can be taken for granted but, if highlighted, can become an interesting support. I worked several combinations of posters for its different parts, considering different points of view and the usual circulation paths on daily users and on days of especial events. The intervention, including the extra banners welcoming the visitors, wants to be a celebration of architecture as much as a social relationships enhancer, just like flowers can be."
text by Jaime Gili

Jaime Gili was born in Caracas in 1972. Gili is a painter and printmaker whose canvases and installations draw on the history of sequential and op art in Venezuala. His art activities reference peripheral modernist art and architecture movements and the work of artists from a rich 20c tradition in that country. Gili began his art studies in Prodiseño, Caracas in 1988. Moving to Europe in 1990, he lived and studied in Barcelona, where he did a BA in 1995 and a PhD from Universidad de Barcelona on 'Repetition in Art' in 2000. He also studied at London's Royal College of Art in 1996, graduating in 1998. Recent projects include his winning of the international competition to create one of the world's largest site-specific public art project comprising sixteen large oil tanks along the Fore River in South Portland, Maine, and a site specific installation in the Caracas barrio of Petare.

Jaime Gili's installation rted by Arts Council England and North Tyneside Council.
Jaime Gili's project is part of ¡VAMOS! Festival. The festival runs from the 1 June to 15 July 2012, and celebrates Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures in Newcastle and the north east of England. ¡VAMOS! combines cuisine, art, film, theatre, dance, music, literature, fashion, sport and education.

early the following morning Jaime Gili and Pablo Leon de la Barra visit Schwitters' Merzbarn at the Hatton Gallery of the University of Newcastle

Friday 29 June 2012


Ximena Garrido-Lecca
Sonido Laser (Laser Sound), 2012
fake adobe brick wall and paint
Sonido Laser is an ongoing continuation of Garrido-Lecca’s 'Walls of Progress' series, an investigation into the visual imagery found in adobe brick walls in the highlands of Peru. Such walls are used as canvases exhibiting hand painted murals including social propaganda and concerts, political slogans and government party promises, or the advertising of consumer products. Most of them use low-tech design and striking fonts and colours. Each season the walls are repainted according with the political or musical developments of the moment in the country. For Garrido-Lecca the collision between the historical method of building and the images they portray present the reality of these rural areas, and the confrontation between tradition and the progress promised by regional politics and the desire of modernity accessed through tecno regional sounds. The sound coming from the installation is the recording of a street party, playing technohuayno, an emerging genre of music from the Andes. Two different tracks are played at the same time, one through each speaker, creating in conjunction a disorientating sound.

Ximena Garrido-Lecca
Composition II, 2012
Raffia sacking
Made of sacks found on traditional market of Peru, in which the raffia bags are used in the display of goods and as curtains dividing inside and outside. The different names of the products originally sold in the bags (rice, flour etc.) make evident the tensions still existing today between an idealised Inca past and goods of Spanish or Chinese origin.

Ximena Garrido-Lecca
Toropukllay, 2012
HD video, 3 min 12 second loop
Music by Celso Garrido Lecca
Toropukllay documents the annual traditional celebration of the same name which takes place around the date of Peru’s Independence Day in the villages of the highlands of Peru. The film shows a power struggle between a huge condor and a bull. The ‘blood festival’  involves the condor being sewn to the bull, both animals trying to free from each other while the bull charges around the village square. Garrido-Lecca uses this imagery to represent the centuries of struggle between the indigenous and the colonial, the traditional and the modern. 

Mima's building with a giant bottle by Claes Oldenburg next to it

Ximena Garrido-Lecca at MIMA
curated by Pablo León de la Barra
Ximena Garrido-Lecca was born in Lima, in 1980 and she has lived and worked in London since 2001. She completed an MA Fine Arts (2004) and a Post-Graduate Diploma (2002) at Byam Shaw School of Art, as well as a BA at Universidad Catolica del Peru. Her work has been shown in Peru, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Ximena Garrido-Lecca's exhibition is supported by Arts Council England and Mima.
Garrido-Lecca’s work is shown at Mima as part of ¡VAMOS! Festival. The festival runs from the 1 June to 15 July 2012, and celebrates Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures in Newcastle and the north east of England. ¡VAMOS! combines cuisine, art, film, theatre, dance, music, literature, fashion, sport and education.

and a tour of the monuments of Middlesbrough:

map of Middlesbrough at the train station

fruit sellers in the highstreet

abandoned and boarded early modernism

not regenerated remains of a neighbourhood which looks like a ghost town

new Wizard of Oz buildings by FAT in the not yet regenerated landscape

the Middlesbrough College, called by locals the tin foil building

Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge in the background

Anish Kapoor & Cecil Balmond's giant sculpture which responds to the name Temenos

remains of Boro's industrial landscape in the background

Kapoor's sculpture symbolically joining the industrial past with the future regeneration...

Thursday 28 June 2012


9ft diameter inflatable sculpture inside the toilet gallery

Cameron Irving reading his text to the gallery public

P Horan and G Magnani honouring us with the ribbon cutting

fake Kindle's with Cameron's poem

and inflatable sculpture wanting to escape from the toilet gallery

turtle kindle and nine feet inflatable
An exhibition by Cameron Irving

Tuesday 26 June 2012, 8PM to midnight
White Cubicle Toilet Gallery at George and Dragon Public House, 2 Hackney Road, London E2
Dj of the Night: Seb Patane's Kensington

On holiday in Spain once, I bought a huge beach ball that doubled as a swimming aid and I inflated it by the sea. I don’t swim so thought it might come in useful. Breathless and woozy from the lack of oxygen, I stumbled into the Mediterranean and placed the ball onto the sea’s surface. In a flash I saw my error, but it was too late, a gust of wind came up the coast and whisked the ball across the water. I made a grab for it, but it was already too far out at sea, skimming the heads of swimmers and tumbling over costal waters, on and on, till it disappeared. 

It passed Malaga, and reached the beaches of Benidorm, and up to Valencia and over to Barcelona. Some girls sunning themselves up there found it, took it, and fucked about with it, jumping on it, three at a time - till it punctured and deflated. When their fun was brought to an end they left it in the sea to drift in the currents till a turtle mistook it for a jellyfish. The turtle choked to death on it and was found on a beach on the north east of Spain with the deflated beach ball round its neck.

Then, one day, I drowned.

Cameron Irving’s practices spans writing, sculpture and performance. He lives and works in London but considers holidays more conducive to making art. Has shown recently at Benderspace, Russian Club Gallery and Bloomberg Space and has written for art magazines such as Frieze and Untitled.

The White Cubicle Toilet Gallery measures 1.40 by 1.40 metres, is located within the Ladies Toilet of the George and Dragon, and works with no budget, staff or boundaries. Since 2005 White Cubicle has been presenting a discerning programme of local and international manifestations as an antidote to London’s sometimes extremely commodified art scene. Past exhibitions have included Deborah Castillo, Gregorio Magnani, Butt Magazine, Federico Herrero, Terence Koh, i-Cabin, Steven Gontarski, Pixis Fanzine/Princess Julia and Hanah, General Idea and avaf, Basso Magazin, Carl Hopgood, Giles Round, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Superm, (Brian Kenny and Slava Mogutin), Elkin Calderon, Wolfgang Tillmans, Calvin Holbrook/Hate Magazine, Husam el Odeh, Simon Popper, Fur, Dik Fagazine, Rick Castro/Abravanation, Jean Michel Wicker, Noki, Ellen Cantor, Karl Holmqvist, Julie Verhoeven, Aldo Chaparro, Esther Planas, Nikos Pantazopoulos, Luis Venegas, Twinklife, Rocky Alvarez, Benedetto Chirco, STH Magazine, Elmgreen & Dragset, Francesc Ruiz, Sico Carlier, Stefan Benchoam, Thomas Dozol, Marco Rountree, Aleksandra Mir…
In words of Aleksandra Mir "White Cubicle has become the stamp of approval for any self respecting artist of our generation."

White Cubicle facebook page:

Saturday 16 June 2012


The Geodesic dome under construction at Hayward, getting ready to host Fritz Haeg's School of Queer Economics

cardboard box announcing Homo Entertaining

Peter's Homo Sweet Homo sign

the Queer Home Economics School Library

David having a cup of tea before preparing his fountain

the pineapple tequila margarita fountain, inspired by Radames 'Juni' Figueroa's fountains

Pablo reading on cooking and home entertaining from Sophia Loren's cookbook

Pablo's guacamole, including a roquamole following a recipe by Nigella Lawson, and with a healthy option of little gem and celery instead of nachos

Chris Miller demonstrating how to do butter our of cream (just shake it in a jar)

Fritz and Rocky paying attention to Mr. Miller's buttering technique

Mr. Miller's butter is ready

the round carpet made on site out of recycled clothes

visiting homos (and friends of hommos) in communion

some paper decorations, leftovers of David's 40

amigos gathering around the fountain

David's pineapple fountain at it's full glory

knitting and bonding at the Homo-geo tent

Rocky Casale getting ready for photoshoot at Angelo Plessas silver couch

hetero fag hags bonding hairstyles

young couple found love under the geodesic dome

the pineapple queen

and Pablo being macho
(the good photos are courtesy of Angelo Plessas or Fritz Haeg)
click here to see Angelo's report
and visit Fritz Queer Home Economics web page here

Fritz Haeg's
Sundown Schoolhouse of QUEER HOME ECONOMICS

Part of Wide Open School at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London / June 11 - July 11, 2012 / open Tue to Sun 10:00 - 20:30 (after June 18 from Tue to Fri, 11:00 - 17:30 and Sat & Sun 11:00 - 19:30)

~ Contact info(at)sundownschoolhouse(dot)org with any questions about the program
~ See updates on Wikidiary and interview in BUTT
~ Are you interested in proposing an event, workshop, conversation, meeting, or activity for any open period you see in our schedule below?

The Sundown Schoolhouse of Queer Home Economics invites the local queer community to our temporary HQ for an on-going dialog about 'making ourselves at home' with casual and programmed conversing, cooking, crafting, debating, decorating, demonstrating, discussing, dishing, eating, exercising, hanging out, lecturing, moving, performing, reading, speechifying, talking, teaching, and workshopping related to LGBTQ home-making (inspired by the program of ‘home economics’ developed in the 19th century to educate young women in domestic duties). As a place to queer our ideas of home, it is based in the very queer home of an intimate geodesic dome tent installed over a seating platform and conversation pit surrounded by fruit trees on the rooftop terrace of the Hayward Gallery for their pre-Olympics Wide Open School program.

An open call and invitations to the local LGBTQ community leads to periodic daily programming, which might include skill-building workshops (cleaning, cooking, decorating, knitting, gardening, sewing, flower-arranging, baking, cooking, canning...); relationship seminars (counseling, community, family, children, couples...); and activities related to the creative, financial, legal, logistical, political, and social aspects of queer home-making. Casual drop-in activities will otherwise continue from morning to night, such as book clubs, extended craft-making sessions, movement exercises, potluck meals, and general dialog about today's domesticating queer and ways of queering the domestic.

Fritz Haeg, artist and Schoolhouse organizer, is in residence during the first week leading daily events, starting the program on June 11th with an introductory talk Out and In the Homosexual Home, and introducing the new project series Domestic Integrities. Visitors are invited to bring their old clothes, fabrics, linens, towels, etc. to contribute to the communal making of a rug for the HQ.

Brent Pilkey, PhD candidate at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, will have a regular presence at the Schoolhouse through the month as co-curator and scholar in residence, organizing events, leading conversations, conducting research, and continuing work on his thesis Queering Heteronormativity at Home.



...10:00 - 11:30 ~ Morning Movement ~ with Fritz Haeg
...11:30 - 13:00 ~ Domestic Integrities ~ with Fritz Haeg
...13:00 - 14:30 ~ Wotever World ~ with Ingo Cando (bring your lunch)
...18:30 - 20:30 ~ Opening Presentation/Conversation~ with Fritz Haeg & Brent Pilkey

...10:00 - 11:30 ~ Morning Movement ~ with Fritz Haeg
...11:30 - 13:00 ~ Domestic Integrities ~ with Fritz Haeg
...15:00 - 17:00 ~ Gay Family Trees ~ with Hera Cook and Lisa Metherell
...17:00 - 20:30 ~ Little Joe Film screenings ~ with Sam Ashby, Little Joe Magazine and Paul Green, Avant Gardening (potluck dinner)

...10:00 - 11:30 ~ Morning Movement ~ with Fritz Haeg
...11:30 - 13:00 ~ Domestic Integrities ~ with Fritz Haeg
...13:00 - 16:00 ~ The Knitted Habitat ~ with Alex Black (soup will be served)
...18:30 - 20:30 ~ Feeling at Home? Queering Home Research ~ with Brent Pilkey (UCL) and Rachel Scicluna (OU) - soup will be served.

...10:00 - 11:30 ~ Morning Movement ~ with Fritz Haeg
...11:30 - 13:00 ~ Domestic Integrities ~ with Fritz Haeg
...14:00 - 16:00 ~ Queer Tupperware Party ~ A film screening with Jeffrey Hinton
...18:30 - 20:30 ~ A Conversation with Margaret Pepper (potluck dinner & soup)

...10:00 - 11:30 ~ Morning Movement ~ with Fritz Haeg
...11:30 - 13:00 ~ Domestic Integrities ~ with Fritz Haeg
...13:00 - 14:00 ~ A Conversation About Gay Squats ~ with Jeffrey Hinton and Matt Cook (bring your lunch)
...14:00 - 17:30 ~ rug crocheting
...17:30 - 21:30 ~ Decor, Dining, and Homo Entertaining ~ with Pablo Leon de la Barra & David Waddington

...11:00 - 20:30 ~ I'm With You ~ all day events co-curated by Christa Holka, Justin Hunt, and Johanna Linsley

...11:00 - 20:30 ~ In Every Dream Home, a Heartache ~ all day events co-curated by Paul Green of Avant Gardeners

Open to view and occasional programming through July 11th ~ Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:00 to 17:30 and Sat & Sun from 11:00 to 19:30 (Closed Mondays).

...14:00 - 19:30 ~ Crafternoon ~ with Alex Black

...15:00 -19:30 ~ Queer Knit London ~

...15:00 -19:00 ~ Faeries on the Roof (Gay Pride Sunday) with the Faeries of Albion ~