“There was room for a good deal of the new teenage consumer culture within the ‘culture of the bedroom’—experimenting with make-up, listening to records, reading the mags, sizing up the boyfriends, chatting, jiving: it depended, rather, on some access by girls to room and space within (rather than outside) the home.”
This performance combines readings of English-language poems about breakups, mothers, mental health and fuckboys with pop songs. It references the ‘culture of the bedroom’ described by Angela McRobbie and Jenny Garber in their essay “Girls and subcultures”, where they explain that teenage girls are culturally educated to “protect” themselves by prioritizing time spent in the domestic space rather than outside. Their bedroom becomes the place these girls can inhabit in the safety of the intimate worlds they create with their computers, televisions, smartphones, books…
Loïs Soleil is a French-Scottish artist who draws on net.art, pop culture and cultural studies. Her performances, gifs, installations and poems are about raw, direct autobiography and the emotional and digital vulnerability of their “hyper intimacy”.
Her practice addresses voyeurism, male vs. female gaze and (cyber)feminist themes, playing with the codes and culture of the internet, the self-portrait, the bedroom and intimacy.
Currently living in Brussels, Loïs Soleil has studied art internationally: at Leeds University, Ensba Lyon and the École de recherche graphique (erg). Her work has been exhibited in several places and events such as Cultuurcentrum Strombeek/Gent, LaVallée, VIDEOFORMES, n0dine, See U, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Kunsthalle Pompei, Livre parlés, Domestic de Word of Warning etc.
17:15 > 23:30
Studio Thor, Brussels
Performance carried out 9 times for small groups, at irregular intervals, reservations on site.