A deserted/fictional Broken Hearts Hotel welcomes you for virtual encounters and tender correspondences filled with love, longing, desire, sorrow and heartbreak (personal, political or both). Perlak explores the potential of the "love hotel" as a temporary, utopian non-space in which we can reinvent love, relationships and ourselves.
This public performance will follow two days of one-on-one encounters with the artist, during which visitors can choose to overshare broken heart histories, take an intimacy quiz, dance across the screen, or listen to a bedtime story read just to you. (Check back for booking information.)
Katarzyna Perlak is a Polish born artist, based in London whose practice employs video, performance, sound, textiles and installation. Perlak’s work is driven by politics and feelings; examines queer subjectivities, migration and potentiality of affect as a tool for registering and archiving both present continuous and past historical moments.
Remote Intimacies is a series of performances commissioned and co-organized with the ONE Archives at USC. The invited artists explore how to sustain intimacy in these highly mediated times, and how to imagine opportunities for communion across temporal and geographic distances. This series of performances and encounters takes its title from scholar Karen Tongson’s theory on the powerful resonance of shared consumption and their capacity to “bring people, things, and concepts together, even if space and time dictates their dispersal and isolation."