Talking Eyes is a series of five events to foreground marginalised discourses around the visual culture, it`s perception, designs, strategies and technologies. Hosted by the research group Visual Culture of the interdisciplinary graduate research program Gender as a Category of Knowledge at Humboldt-University in Berlin, the lecture-, discussion-, and film series (to be held at various venues throughout Berlin) is aiming to open up theoretical and practical interventions for subversions from the different perspectives of the invited artists, activists and academics.
Based on the knowledge that visual materialities are always based on gendered and racialised iconographies, questions concerning pornotopic, forensic, clinical and military detection; surveillance and disease control; and sexuality, crime and war will be discussed.

The very first lecture is titled Queering the Gays / Gaze: sex, street and subculture by Jennifer V. Evans (Associate Professor of History, Carleton University, Ottawa). It will take place on April 26, 2012, 8.30 pm at C/O Berlin, Oranienburger Straße 35/36, 10117 Berlin, Germany:
The decriminalization of homosexuality in the 1960s enabled legal protection for homosexuality and made it possible for same-sex desiring men and women to produce, possess, publish and consume erotic images without fear of police retribution or censor. Although photography played a pivotal role in the construction of queer identities in the newly protected public and private spheres, the art world was slow to embrace sex, street and subculture as high art. This talk explores the tension between high and low – between the museum and the street – as a fundamental feature of efforts to queer the gays/gaze after Stonewall. It takes up the problem of nostalgia in 1970s queer erotic photography and analyses the history and transformation of subject formation through the constitution and portrayal of erotic looking and seeing.

Following events
May 11, 2012: A Coup de Genre: The Trials and Tribulations of Bülent Ersoy, Alisa Lebow Filmmaker, Brunel University & Başak Ertür PhD Candidate Birkbeck College
May 31, 2012: Torture: The Feminine Touch, Coco Fusco Artist and Writer, Parsons New School for Design
June 14, 2012: In the blink of an eye: Post-war constructions of (in)visibility
June 26, 2012: United in Anger. A History of Act Up, Jim Hubbard Filmmaker

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