GRAHAM BELL | P.I.N.Q PARK OPENING CEREMONY (2) | DAVIS MUSEUM
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 - TO THE FUTURE
GRAHAM BELL TORNADO, "P.I.N.Q. Park Opening Ceremony (2)",
2014-2015, video performance, ashes and printed poster, variable size.
CARLOS MARTÍNEZ, "Histeria Natural (intro)", 2014, piano, 00:00:20
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Graham Bell Tornado, MA (Hon.) is a transgender artist whose eclectic and experimental cross disciplinary practise (graphic art, video, music and performance) draws parallels between biological and political organisation.
Queer and feminist politics, collaborative processes, a love of nature that is totally unnatural and an aesthetic that combines punk, baroque and contemporary elements inform work which rejects an elitist compartmentalisation and the blinkered world view of the "specialist".
His text-based practise communicates in a poetic way, an ethical position which opposes systems of oppression, domination and control in our society. The creation of alter-egos is another important element - the most recent is Geyserbird, a transgender shaman who performs collaborative rituals as a form of experimental politics.
He has colaborated with Annie Sprinkle, Doran George, Mouse, Ernesto Tomasini and Rampova Kabaret amongst others.
ABOUT THE WORK
P.I..N.Q. (Post Industrial Natural Queer) Park Opening Ceremony (2) forms part of a project which involves the setting up of a network of parks to protect biodiversity in all its forms- biological and cultural. As part of the ceremony Geyserbird formed a protective circle with flour within which a copy of the Spanish law protecting biodiversity was burned and proceeded to reclaim a disused lot near the artspace Hangar in Barcelona for all those “who have been disinherited from their lands, queers because they don't fit in at home, women because they´re meant to stay indoors, tribes-people in order that big companies can steal their land, and animals because there's just not enough space anymore.
We think all of us need a space to call our own and after a long journey we decided that this was the kind that best reflected our situation. It shows the wounds wreaked upon it by industrial society- who knows what was here before but it is just waiting to be redeveloped.
But today we will plant the seeds that lay our claim and although this space will remain ours only in a symbolic way that will not matter for we will already be gone onto new territories, reclaiming bigger spaces, perhaps even our own country!! a country without frontiers, without machismo, without abuse.
In ancient Egypt when a new building was constructed offerings would be placed in the corner stones of its foundations. This act will form the foundations of this new society of justice, respect and freedom for all - no matter what colour, race, gender or species...."
Graham Bell Tornado
Leeds University (UK) Oct. 1984 - Ag. 1998
B.Sc. (Hon) in Genetics
Universidad Politécnica Valencia, Sept. 2011- Jun.2012
Master in Artistic Production (cum laude).
Currently studying for a Phd in Artistic Production.
Monumento/ Memory P(a)lace –performance/ instalation, Jardines Botanicos, Valencia, 20/6/2105
Cabaritual 2.0/15 – La Neomudejar de Atocha, Madrid, 17/4/2015
Antitainment- The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow, 5/10/2014
Book signing – FARTS Festival of performance, CCC Octubre, Valencia, 23/5/2014
¡Fuera!: Homenaje a Ocaña - MACBA, Barcelona, 20/11/2012
Blue Wedding to the Ocean (with Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle) - The Fear Society, Pabellón de Murcia, Venice Bienal (Italy), August 2009
Immobility – ICA, London, April 2002
Les Refusées de la Battaglia, July 2014, Mister Pink, Valencia
The Catalogue: A Living Artist ?s Book, January 2014, Kessler Battaglia, Valencia
JackpotJumbleJamboree, July 1999, Showroom Gallery, London
World of Ponce, 1998, The Modern Institute, Glasgow
Jackie Derrida, 1996, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
GRAHAM BELL TORNADOhttp://www.grahambelltornad...
The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelonahttp://www.davismuseum.com