LADA’s 2020 online collaborative residencies have been undertaken by the artist Jet Moon and her client ‘Giani’ who are producing a short film exploring online sex work, and the artists Jemima Yong and Kei Franklin who are exploring notions of online hospitality through the creation of a virtual space.
Responding to the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic, LADA invited proposals from artists to undertake online collaborative residencies – the subject and form of which were to be at the artists’ discretion.
“In the past ten years of online sex work I have made over 130 short ‘pay per view ‘ porn clips featuring me talking to camera about the fetishes of ‘homo conversion’: forcing my clients to be gay, or ‘Sissyfication’: enforced cross dressing. The irony being I’m a genderqueer Dyke who’s often read as straight in the mainstream world. One of my most visibly queer spaces has been online with my webcam clients, who often address me as ‘Sir’. This archival porn material will be intercut with video of myself in Femme Drag, making commentary on the apparent dichotomy between the world of online sex work vs the world of queerness.
For some social isolation during Covid is a novelty, a phenomena that will end. For others lockdown amplifies the conditions that were already there. I’ve worked as Dominatrix mostly online for around a decade, it’s work I chose due to disability. As a disabled person Lockdown has improved my social life and the amount of support I get.
My collaboration is with ‘Giani’ a client I’ve known for many years and formed a friendship with. Still, despite the friendship, the collaboration raises issues about work, economies, class, and visibility. My collaborator remains anonymous.”
-Jet Moon'Hello Sir' Blog
I’m a multi disciplinary artist who creates intimate spaces of visibility and sharing, usually within marginalised communities I belong to: Queer, kinky, disabled, sex worker, survivor. I often work outside traditional arts contexts in clubs, autonomous spaces, queer or activist gatherings. Over the years my work has manifested in many different forms and contexts, from fine art exhibitions to organising and participating in street demonstrations. I have a long history of developing collaborative work with people who may not consider themselves artists. Founder member of Queer Beograd Collective. My most recent project is the HLF Funded ‘Resilient and Resisting’.
Jemima and Kei are working on a microsite: an online digital space in which to explore the notion of hospitality.
“Jemima is from Sarawak (Malaysia), but lives in London. Kei is from New Mexico (USA), but lives in Singapore. We met in eSwatini and have collaborated artistically there, in London, and in Singapore. As such, we are not strangers to video conferencing, and know well the moment when time differences and vast physical space collapse into the 2-dimensional digital realm of simultaneous closeness and distance.
As COVID-19 renders physical intimacy all the more improbable, we ask the question: How can hospitality be practised on digital platforms? What does it now mean to welcome guests into your space? What constitutes ‘your space’? What social cues and etiquette are appropriate for the digital sphere – how do we develop, learn, teach and normalise them?
Our hypothesis is that – through leaning into performativity, articulating the essence of ‘the ideal host’, embracing abstraction, foregrounding artifice, and moving away from the mimesis of face-to-face interaction – we may inch our way closer to hosting a energising and nourishing online gathering.”
– Jemima Yong and Kei Franklin
Kei Franklin writes, performs, facilitates, and researches at the intersection of culture and the environment. Concerned with questions of power, identity, and justice, she designs interventions that speak to the systemic, cultural, and psychological roots of our current planetary moment. In her free time, she enjoys creating immersive experiences that explore the intersections of performance, dialogue, movement, and sound.
Jemima Yong makes performance and photographs. Collaboration, experimentation and time are central to her processes. Typically she photographs artists and performance; outside of the theatre this way of seeing is turned out onto performativity in everyday life. Her recent work includes Marathon with JAMS (Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award 2018): a performance about fiction, memory and the hysteria of crowds, and ROOM: an improvised storytelling experience that takes place in the imagination of the audience. She is a member of Documentation Action Research Collective and an associate of Forest Fringe.
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