Weekly Broadcast

The gallery space is closed until further notice. We will still be working remotely and you can contact us by email. In the meantime, we want the gallery to continue to be a place of emotional and intellectual exchange for whatever community it reaches – always but especially now, we need artists to give language and shape to complex realities and experiences. Each week we will be featuring different films, texts and online events by our artists here.

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Posted: 23 May 2020
Richard Sides
Invisible World
2016, stereo mix of 6 channel audio, HD video, 22:52 min




Posted: 23 May 2020
THE BUNKER READING GROUP LED BY ED FORNIELES

Thursday 28th May, 7pm (GMT) meeting on Zoom – email gallery@carlosishikawa.com to register

"The bunker reading group will meet weekly on Zoom during our time in quarantine to discuss a series of books which will cover a wide range of subjects that are of interest to its members. The emphasis in the group will be to interpret whatever text we are reading from a personal perspective, trying to make sense of how even abstract ideas or global events might relate to our pasts and day to day lives.

This week we will be reading a few chapters on desire, infatuation and projection from Anne Boyer's A Handbook of Disappointed Fate, and listening to a podcast where Chris Kraus is interviewed about her book I Love Dick, an account of her one-sided extramarital infatuation.

There is always another who occupies my mind – until recently I think I've always had someone in my life, either a person I was in relationship with, or a crush, a flirtation, someone to DM late at night. My interaction with them, I have always realised later, on one level has had more to do with me than them: an attempt to negotiate some needs via a cycle of desire, projection, repulsion, love. This week I think it would be interesting to have a discussion about how we use relationships, what our expectations are and how we cope when reality comes into conflict with them."

The sections we will be reading from Anne Boyer's A Handbook of Disappointed Fate, can be downloaded here.

Erotology p.81–85
Erotology II: The Long Night p. 87–89
Erotology III: Categories of Desires for Faces p.90–97
Crush Index p.98–99

The Podcast can be found here.




Posted: 23 May 2020
Issy Wood
From the artist's blog
www.QueenBaby.org






Posted: 18 May 2020
Ed Fornieles
TDER GEIST: FLESH FEAST
2016, 08:02 min video




Posted: 18 May 2020
THE BUNKER READING GROUP LED BY ED FORNIELES

Thursday 21st May, 7pm (GMT) meeting on Zoom – email gallery@carlosishikawa.com to register

"The bunker reading group will meet weekly on Zoom during our time in quarantine to discuss a series of books which will cover a wide range of subjects that are of interest to its members. The emphasis in the group will be to interpret whatever text we are reading from a personal perspective, trying to make sense of how even abstract ideas or global events might relate to our pasts and day to day lives.

This week is co-hosted with writer/researcher Tamara Hart, who shares two texts exploring the queering of desire. The first is Luce Irigaray's 'When Our Lips Speak Together' (1985), an imagined dialogue between two female lovers that deconstructs the idea of 'speaking female' through linguistic play. Irigaray's mixing of pronouns of I / you plays with language structures, opening up a space for each of us to understand how we dominate others/are dominated ourselves in the pursuit of pleasure.

The second text is an excerpt from Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts (2015), a memoir about Nelson's relationship with Harry Dodge, a fluidly gendered artist. While Nelson's body is transformed through pregnancy, so is her her partner's as he takes testosterone and undergoes top surgery. Gracefully fumbling her way through pronouns, S&M, and marriage, Nelson provides a poetic testament to queer motherhood and family making. Reading this book years ago, it still feels like an old friend, one who maps out a path for care, tenderness and love. It makes us think how our own language structures our desires, particularly within the bounds of hetero- and homo-normativity.

Our discussion weaves together these texts along with Audrey Lorde's essay on the erotic and our readings on attachment theory, which help us think through how we might queer expressions of love and power that are exerted in our interactions with lovers, partners, and language."

For PDF's of both texts, click here.




Posted: 18 May 2020
Issy Wood
From the artist's blog
www.QueenBaby.org






Posted: 11 May 2020
Steve Bishop
The Caretaker
2018, 24:00 min video


Produced in 2018 for his exhibition Deliquescing at KW Berlin, this film focuses on a deserted town in northern Canada that was built in 1981 to house the workers of a nearby mine and then abandoned in 1983. Its remarkably intact state is due to the constant struggle to prevent the surrounding forest from reclaiming the town and is a testament to the live-in caretaker, who ensures that the lawns are mowed and the buildings are heated.



Posted: 11 May 2020
THE BUNKER READING GROUP LED BY ED FORNIELES

Thursday 14th May, 7pm (GMT) meeting on Zoom – email gallery@carlosishikawa.com to register

"The bunker reading group will meet weekly on Zoom during our time in quarantine to discuss a series of books which will cover a wide range of subjects that are of interest to its members. The emphasis in the group will be to interpret whatever text we are reading from a personal perspective, trying to make sense of how even abstract ideas or global events might relate to our pasts and day to day lives.

This week we'll be looking at The Apology by Eve Ensler, a book that is written from the perspective of the authors dead father, confronting and making sense of the sexual and physical abuse he perpetrated over the years of her childhood. Through the apology Ensler takes control, processing these events in a transformative way, with a spirit that is both unflinching and compassionate.

So I haven't read this book yet but I've listened to Eve Ensler being interviewed about it and the idea behind the book strikes me as particularly powerful: by assuming her father's voice she asserts her agency, reframing and making sense of his actions on her terms. In past sessions we have read about how trauma is often trapped, fragmented memories constantly being replayed; I feel this book is an attempt to confront this by externalising her thoughts, pushing through the trauma in the act of writing itself. I look forward to the conversation.

The book is quite short, but since it is written as one long letter just read as much as you can in time for the reading group."

Upon your email registration for this reading group, we will provide you with a digital copy of the book.




Posted: 11 May 2020
Issy Wood
From the artist's blog
www.QueenBaby.org






Posted: 3 May 2020
Sable Elyse Smith
END-LESSsestina
2019, 04:08 min video



Posted: 3 May 2020
THE BUNKER READING GROUP LED BY ED FORNIELES

Thursday 7th May, 7pm (GMT) meeting on Zoom – email gallery@carlosishikawa.com to register

"The bunker reading group will meet weekly on Zoom during our time in quarantine to discuss a series of books which will cover a wide range of subjects that are of interest to its members. The emphasis in the group will be to interpret whatever text we are reading from a personal perspective, trying to make sense of how even abstract ideas or global events might relate to our pasts and day to day lives.

This week, we will supplement a text from Esther Perel's Mating in Captivity with two podcast episodes: Perel's 'Where Should We Begin? Lockdown New York' and Jessamyn Stanley's 'Dear Jessamyn: Polyamory Is Not For Everybody'. Perel's book explores desire and intimacy in long-term relationships and Stanley's podcast is a more casual broadening of that conversation. The discussion this week also loosely relates back to our past reading sessions on broadening the possibilities and definitions of love and the erotic, and also attachment theory.

When going through a break up, a close friend suggested I listen to Esther Perel, a couples therapist who has made a podcast recording her sessions. In it she creates an environment where couples are able to reflect on their past, their dynamic and behaviour; but perhaps more importantly than this she begins to reveal the stories that underpin all these things, and the narratives each person tells themselves as well as the one they project to the other person.

Perel then moves to offer alternative interpretations, alternative stories which might make better sense of needs to both parties and cut through some of destructive patterns that had been allowed to manifest. In being allowed to hear these stories it definitely helped me make sense of my own past relationship dynamics and pointed to the danger of not communicating in not just romantic but all relationships."

A PDF of the chapters (3 and 4) we will be reading from Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel can be downloaded here. (Alternatively, an unabridged ebook compatible with your device's preferred epub reader can also be downloaded here.)
For Esther Perel's podcast, click here.
For Jessamyn Stanley's podcast, click here.




Posted: 3 May 2020
Issy Wood
From the artist's blog
www.QueenBaby.org






Posted: 24 April 2020
Richard Sides
Midnight in a Perfect World
2019, 1:09:37 min, 2-channel HD video



Posted: 24 April 2020
THE BUNKER READING GROUP LED BY ED FORNIELES

Thursday 30th April, 7pm (GMT) meeting on Zoom – email gallery@carlosishikawa.com to register

"The bunker reading group will meet weekly on Zoom during our time in quarantine to discuss a series of books which will cover a wide range of subjects that are of interest to its members. The emphasis in the group will be to interpret whatever text we are reading from a personal perspective, trying to make sense of how even abstract ideas or global events might relate to our pasts and day to day lives.

Love is a hazy word, often defined by a silence, a trust in some unspecified sense or impulse rather than a clear shared idea. All About Love by bell hooks (2000) and Audre Lorde's essay Uses of the the Erotic (1978) force us to define and honour the word, and explore the idea of love as a lived ethic. The ideas in both texts remain radical decades after being written. They have helped me to re-define romantic love after a breakup, but also to re-define a way of trying to exist in the world."

A PDF of All About Love by bell hooks can be found here. We will be looking at:
Chapter 1: Clarity: Give Love Words
Chapter 6: Values: Living by a Love Ethic
Chapter 7: Greed: Simply Love

A PDF of Audre Lorde's essay Uses of the Erotic: the Erotic as Power can be found here.




Posted: 24 April 2020
Issy Wood
From the artist's blog
www.QueenBaby.org






Posted: 17 April 2020
Stuart Middleton
I am just going outside, I may be some time
2016, 6:22 min single channel stop motion animation with sound



Posted: 17 April 2020
THE BUNKER READING GROUP LED BY ED FORNIELES

Thursday 23rd April, 7pm (GMT) meeting on Zoom – email gallery@carlosishikawa.com to register

"The bunker reading group will meet weekly on Zoom during our time in quarantine to discuss a series of books which will cover a wide range of subjects that are of interest to its members. The emphasis in the group will be to interpret whatever text we are reading from a personal perspective, trying to make sense of how even abstract ideas or global events might relate to our pasts and day to day lives.

For our fourth meeting, we will be looking at two texts. Addiction by Design by Natasha Dow Schüll is a look at the slot machine industry and how it has been constructed to generate addictive loops in its users, designed to keep them trapped in a flow state and cycle of behaviour with gambling at its core.

In In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Gabor Maté speaks about addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined to a weak-willed few but as a continuum that runs through (and even underpins) our society – not as a medical 'condition' but rather the result of a complex interplay of personal history, emotional development and brain chemistry.

Hopefully we can use these two texts to talk about addiction both as structural phenomena baked into our environments as well as the by-product of a personal yearning, often connected to our past."

A PDF of the sections (Introduction and Chapter 7) we will be reading from Addiction by Design can be downloaded here.

A PDF of the section (Chapter 3) we will be reading from In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts can be downloaded here.

Alternatively, unabridged ebooks (compatible with your device's preferred epub reader) can also be downloaded here.




Posted: 17 April 2020
Issy Wood
From the artist's blog
www.QueenBaby.org








Posted: 10 April 2020
Live Talk - Oscar Murillo
in casual conversation with Vanessa Carlos
Entropy and 10 years of travel as research
Wednesday 15th April 18:00 GMT on Zoom. Click here to attend. No pre-registration required.




Posted: 10 April 2020
Pilvi Takala
Players
2010, 7:52 min video

Players portrays a community of 6 poker professionals who live amongst a larger poker community in Bangkok. Playing poker is more a job than a compulsion for them, but the rules that govern their community follow the logic of the game. They use probability theory, the fundamental theory of poker, to ensure that they treat each other justly and that everyone contributes equally. The systematic and analytical way these poker players look at everyday life may seem absurd, and their lifestyle is easy to judge, but this shock may be due more to them ignoring their original society than related to the way they have built their own.


Posted: 10 April 2020
THE BUNKER READING GROUP LED BY ED FORNIELES

Thursday 16th April, 7pm (GMT) meeting on Zoom – email gallery@carlosishikawa.com to register

"The bunker reading group will meet weekly on Zoom during our time in quarantine to discuss a series of books which will cover a wide range of subjects that are of interest to its members. The emphasis in the group will be to interpret whatever text we are reading from a personal perspective, trying to make sense of how even abstract ideas or global events might relate to our pasts and day to day lives.

The third book we'll look at is Against Death: 35 Essays on Living (2019) edited by Elee Kraljii Gardiner. "This collection is a primer on loss, grief, and the grit it takes to have a wide-awake encounter with death. It is a highly individualized, charged, and often lyrical training manual on the subject. The authors (several now gone) have each brought their best writerly powers, a laser-like observation, an unsparing eye to the task at hand." (Sally Campbell)

A PDF of the chapters we will be reading can be downloaded here.




Posted: 10 April 2020
Issy Wood
From the artist's blog
www.QueenBaby.org






Posted: 3 April 2020
Korakrit Arunanondchai
with history in a room filled with people with funny names 4
2017, 23:32 min video



Posted: 3 April 2020
THE BUNKER READING GROUP LED BY ED FORNIELES

Thursday 9th April, 7pm (GMT) meeting on Zoom – email gallery@carlosishikawa.com to register

"The bunker reading group will meet weekly on Zoom during our time in quarantine to discuss a series of books which will cover a wide range of subjects that are of interest to its members. The emphasis in the group will be to interpret whatever text we are reading from a personal perspective, trying to make sense of how even abstract ideas or global events might relate to our pasts and day to day lives.

The second book we'll look at is Attached by Dr. Amir Levine and Rachel S.F. Heller (2010). The book takes Attachment Theory – an established psychological concept for how our affectional bonds in childhood are developed – and looks at how this informs the intimacy needs and dynamics within all our adult relationships. This is not exclusive to romantic relationships, but this particular book does focus on those.

If you are able to put aside its heteronormative and conventional ideas of what form romantic and familial relationships, this book can provide interesting insights into relationship dynamics. This book has helped me identify more fully what my intimacy needs are and those of people around me, and to improve relationship dynamics.

We recommend you take this online quiz to find your attachment style. (We have found it useful to take the quiz twice: once bearing a romantic relationship in mind, and once bearing a platonic relationship in mind, as the results for both are often very different.)"

The book is available for free online reading and download here.

If using the PDF download, these are the page numbers to read for the group discussion:
p.11–23: Decoding Relationship Behaviour
p.77–137: The Three Attachment Styles in Everyday Life *take the online quiz at this point if you haven't already*
p.153–158: (Common Thoughts, Emotions and Reactions)
p.192–208: Effective Communication
p.234–237: Epilogue

(If you are reading a physical copy of the book, these are the page numbers: 3–18, 77–149, 170–175, 219–238, 268–273)




Posted: 3 April 2020
Issy Wood
From the artist's blog
www.QueenBaby.org






Posted: 26 March 2020
THE BUNKER READING GROUP LED BY ED FORNIELES

Thursday 2nd April, 7pm (GMT) meeting on Zoom – email gallery@carlosishikawa.com to register

"The bunker reading group will meet weekly on Zoom during our time in quarantine to discuss a series of books which will cover a wide range of subjects that are of interest to its members. The emphasis in the group will be to interpret whatever text we are reading from a personal perspective, trying to make sense of how even abstract ideas or global events might relate to our pasts and day to day lives.

The first book we'll look at is The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk (2014). A book which looks at how we experience trauma and how it might be treated with a fuller understanding of the connectivity between mind, brain and body. Trauma is something we all experience and encounter and when we do it can't help but leave a mark. This book has helped me understand more fully how that occurs and how those experiences might be confronted and begin to be processed, not from a cerebral point of view but from acknowledging the whole body."

Chapters to read for the reading group discussion are:
1. Lessons From Vietnam Veterans
2. Revolutions In Understanding Mind And Brain
3. Looking Into The Brain: The Neuroscience Revolution
13. Healing From Trauma: Owning Your Self
14. Language: Miracle And Tyranny

The book is available for free online reading and download here.




Posted: 26 March 2020
Evelyn Taocheng Wang
(left) Three Versions of Change, 2018, 13:50 min animated video &
(right) Hospital Conversations, 2018, 14:05 min video



Posted: 26 March 2020
Issy Wood
From the artist's blog
www.QueenBaby.org






Posted: 20 March 2020
Steve Bishop
Standard Ballad
2015, 5:10 min HD video



Posted: 20 March 2020
Issy Wood
From the artist's blog
www.QueenBaby.org