Torben Jost

Isolation Intimacy Identity

2020

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The world is in lockdown. People stay at home as social contacts have become potentially infectious. Who is locked up with their loved ones is fortunate in their misfortune. The situation is even harder for people who mainly rely on spaces outside their homes for closeness and care. They gather in front of their screens to dance, to see, to be seen, to have a party. This is escapism of course. But it is also an attempt to feel less alone.

Torben Jost

lives and works in Berlin and Halle (Saale). They studied at Universität der Künster Berlin and Kunsthochschule Burg Giebichenstein Halle. In their performances and media installations Torben Jost confronts the discursive entanglement of media and everyday objects. Through contextutal displacements and pop their works reveal hidden meanings and power structures.

Instagram: @torben_jost
Website: torbenjost.cargo.site

Isolation Intimacy Identity emerged in collaboration with The Queer Archive (www.thequeerarchive.com) in Athens.

Isolation Intimacy Identity is an investigation of a queer webcam party. What appears to be solely documentation turns out to be a choreographed pageant. The omnipresence of recording cameras puts the dancers on a stage. At the same time it brings an element of surveillance into their living spaces. The faces have been made unrecognizable to protect them. Thus the masking of identities turns into form and thereby emphazises the possible exposure. As the digital remains the only means to engage the outside world it becomes obvious that there is very few safe spaces for queer people in lockdown.

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