GENTRIFICATION at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale

To coincide with the opening of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, Daata Editions and Zuecca Projects will collaboratively present Gentrification, an exhibition of new, commissioned work by Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, opening with a party at the Bauer Hotel’s BBAR on Tuesday 24 May 2016.

As part of the collaboration, Daata Editions and Zuecca Projects will also create a dedicated Daata Editions TV channel viewable in all Bauer Hotel rooms.

Daata Editions, an innovative online platform for the sale of easily downloadable commissioned artist video, sound, web and poetry art editions, will take over the BBAR space at the Bauer Hotel to launch new, commissioned work by the artist duo Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, whose practice is focused on the documentation and re-materialisation of the interiors of the historic gay bar as a container for queer discourse using CGI animation, video installation and archival text and audio work.

For their Daata Editions commission Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings have drawn from their ongoing @Gaybar project, producing six short videos using material from the UK Gay Bar Directory – a moving image archive of gay bars in the UK. In the current climate of rapid gentrification of gay villages and the subsequent closure of many LGBTQI community spaces epidemic across the UK, the artists believe that documenting these disappearing spaces is an important historical gesture and a strategy for resisting assimilation. Filming the bars when they are empty with a discrete go-pro camera, the artists reveal the complex and varied visual language employed by these spaces in their self-representation as gay. Working with sound producer Jan Piaseki, the artists have also produced soundscapes that sample field recordings, pop songs and natural phenomena, including glaciers melting and ice caps cracking. The artists use audio to develop a sense of the complicated, erotic and critical geography that these bars are located within.

Alongside Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings’s new work, the BBAR space will also showcase Michael Manning’s Daata Editions commission. Using the internet as his medium, LA-based Manning has produced a series of video works called Activity Playlist that take their conceptual basis and form from playlists created by streaming services such as Spotify, seeking to give visual form to the themes and moods presented in their musical playlist counterparts.

The Daata Editions TV Channel, available in all Bauer Hotel rooms, will present a selection of new Season Two video, sound, web and poetry editions by leading international artists, including Tracey Emin, Michael Manning, Rashaad Newsome, Jacolby Satterwhite and Katie Torn, as well as a special selection of commissions by Sara Ludy, Jonathan Monaghan and Quayola, curated by bitforms gallery.

On Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 6 – 9pm, a party with prosecco and music will take place at BBAR to celebrate the opening of Gentrification and PIN-UP magazine’s tenth anniversary.

On Wednesday 25 May 2016, 9 – 10am, BBAR will also host a breakfast with a talk by David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions, and Alessandro Possati, Director of Zuecca Projects, to discuss Gentrification and how it relates to the evolution of digital art in the realm of architecture.

Party celebrating the opening of Gentrification and PIN-UP magazine’s tenth anniversary.

BBAR, Bauer Hotel – San Marco 1459, Venice
Tuesday 24 May 2016, 6 – 9pm

Breakfast and discussion
BBAR, Bauer Hotel – San Marco 1459, Venice
Wednesday 25 May 2016, 9 – 10am