the sticking point

Scarlett Steven

Opening Tue 26 Feb, 6-8pm
Continues 27 Feb - 9 Mar

Stickiness describes a material in transition. It is neither solid nor fluid, but exists at the viscous midpoint. It is fluidity in slow motion. It retains the flexibility and movement of a fluid, but is not as fleeting, as slippery, as forgetful. Stickiness has more elasticity. It has a tackiness that retains instead of dissolves. It forms an active archive which is in constant exchange with its surroundings. It may be human or non-human, organic or synthetic; it is a property, a material, and a process simultaneously.

'the sticking point' takes a gooey interest in the material properties of 'stickiness' and asks:

What is the political significance of goo? What would it mean for a queer politics to move slowly, to create moving archives, to stain, to stay behind? What would it mean to be flexible but to achieve moments of form before dissolving once again, for unmaking to be inextricably tied to the process of making? What would it mean to work through structures instead of against them? In a period where queerness is becoming increasingly enfolded into the mainstream, how might stickiness-with its memory, its elasticity, its ability to take temporary forms-help think through ways of retaining a queer specificity?

Scarlett Steven is an artist and writer who works on Bidjigal and Gadigal land and is currently completing her MFA at UNSW Art and Design.

AD Space acknowledges and pays respect to the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and the Bidjigal people of the Dharug, Nation the traditional custodians of the land on which AD Space is built, operates and creates. AD Space is a student run exhibition space at UNSW Art & Design. Managed by Arc @ UNSW limited in partnership with UNSW Art & Design faculty.


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