I Like to Watch

Online Exhibition | 26th November 2020 – 25th January 2020

Artists: Lina Bembe* / Peter Berlin / Adham Faramawy / Umi Ishihara / Massimo Alì Mohammad / Annika Weertz / Youssef Youssef

I Like to Watch is an online exhibition of short film and moving image works by artists, filmmakers and independent porn-makers using the camera to explore desire, voyeurism, pleasure, connection and intimacy in the digital age.

Listen to an audio walkthrough of the exhibition by curator Rosa Abbott here:

If cinema is the “pervert’s medium” (Zizek, ofc), then there is no better way to explore our collective desires than watching moving image. In ‘Visual Pleasure in Narrative Cinema’, Laura Mulvey argued that “cinematic codes create a gaze, a world, and an object, thereby producing an illusion to cut the measure of desire”. But while Mulvey argues this gaze is oppressive – structured by the unconscious of the patriarchy – I Like to Watch proffers an alternative use of cinema’s innate scopophilia: one that can liberate and unlock repressed desire, pleasure and alternative expressions of sexuality.

The artists and filmmakers in this exhibition use film as a medium to express longing, (dis)connection, fantasy, repulsion, tenderness, celebration, ambiguity, self-expression and autoeroticism. Rather than punishing cinematic depictions of pleasure, it seeks to explore ways in which pleasure can give access to power, but also accepts the complex nature of this pleasure and its relationship to vulnerability and abjection.

The featured films in I Like to Watch seek to restore agency to traditionally desired subjects by putting them in front and behind the camera and exploring the liberating potential of perversion.

Exhibition dates: 26th November 2020 – 25th January 2021

*Lina Bembe screening only from 26th – 30th November 2020

Curated by Rosa Abbott / Liquid

Meet Me in the Marshes

Hackney Marshes, London | 1st August, 6pm BST

Meet Me in the Marshes will be a little reconnaissance and rendezvous with our friends and collaborators while the weather is hot and while we’re young.

Liquid will provide drinks and edibles inspired by wetlands and foraged from the toxic waste of the surrounding marshes, with performances and readings by BabetteD Mortimer, Foivos Dousos, Jacques Baumgartner and Riana Patel.

We’ll be meeting in the place known as ‘the Hackney beaches’ in the Hackney Marshes at 6pm on Saturday August 1st.

We will send everyone an exact pin drop on the WhatsApp group we’ve set up for the event. If you would like to attend the event please reply to this newsletter with your name and phone number.

Things that make a picnic pleasant to you. The weather forecast says it’ll be 23 degrees and partially sunny.

Considering the sickly times we’re living in, please bring facemasks and hand sanitiser and be conscious that some people may have differing levels of comfort and concern around Covid 19. Some may not want to be touched. This is a small outdoor event so we hope to mitigate the risk.

See you Saturday.

Roisin, Daniel & Rosa

Write Back:
Accountability in the age of digital intimacy

Raven Row, London | 5th March, 7–9pm

Interactions that lead to sexual encounters have been largely removed from the public spheres of clubs and bars and now play out in our inboxes and DMs. What once had to pass under the scrutiny of others, now takes place behind the privacy and semi secrecy of a lit screen. When there are no real-life repercussions to our actions does it make us behave quote unquote worse? And if we are to be made accountable for our actions, at what point does this become shaming?

Liquid will be inviting Instagram phenomenon Beam Me Up Softboi, intimacy newsletter Close, and poet Jacques Baumgartner to explore questions about accountability, ethics, and online intimacy through read-ins, debate, and performance.

Admission is free but there is a suggested £5 donation.

This is the first of 5 upcoming events taking place in Raven Row, Set, and Tate.

Liquid explores expressions of intimacy in the private and public realms, in our digital and offline lives.