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DEEP TRASH ITALIA #2 Eurosex Edition

DEEP TRASH ITALIA#2 - Eurosex Edition

Saturday 30 August 2014
DEEP TRASH ITALIA #2 Eurosex Edition
at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, East London
£6 adv. / £8 door
h 18:00-02:00 (last entry midnight)


Following the success of our first event, the Deep Trash Italia fundraiser exhibition-cum-performance-club night gets regular at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s club (back every 3 months with different themes!).

For ONE NIGHT ONLY we will fly you on our special SUMMER TOUR across the best and worse of EUROSEX culture: a ‘Bad Porn Cinema’ room, trashy TV and ‘sex sells’ commercials, dirty games, kitsch and campy aesthetics, vintage soft-porn that will make you LOL, diva fashion, melting popsicles and bikinis… and all the dance and pop music that everybody secretly loves! Get wet and wild for a hot summer night with:

DJs Fantoni & LoGatto and The Coolness pumping the beats of international hits and Italian camp and trash classics, from Disco to the present.

PERFORMANCES (starting at h 19:00): Theatrestate’s Fanny Hill Project, Juntee & Nikko, Giulia Tommasi, Emma Allegretti & Hanna Junti, Jennifer Picken & AnnaMaria Pinaka, VDREY Feat SHULTZ, Leaky Vessels and grand finale with A Man To Pet!

VIDEO, WORKS and INSTALLATIONS: Laura Arend, Lorenzo Belenguer, Alex Brew, Emma Gruner, Lora Hristova, ideadestroyingmuros, Chara Kolaiti, Katie McDougall, Eden Mitsenmacher, Emily Mulenga, Emely Neu, Tatiana Pancewicz, and Klaus Pinter, Yole Quintero and Jasmin Reif.

Time Out (Critics’ Choice) says:
“Pizza. Silvio Berlusconi. Italy’s contributions to history have been
both awesome and… not-so awesome, and this fun-filled night
invites you to celebrate both categories in brilliantly trashy style…
So, head to Bethnal Green and find out what it’s like to live la dolce vita!”

Deep Trash Italia – Eurosex Edition is in support of Archivio Queer Italia – a sister organization of CUNTemporary (London) – the first Italian platform on queer art, theory and activism. Curated by Giulia Casalini with CUNTemporary Team.


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Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club
42-44 Pollard Row, London, E2 6NB
0207 739 7170  |  |

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OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS: fundraiser night “DEEP TRASH ITALIA: Eurosex Edition” at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London (Saturday 30 August 2014)

Due to the great demand that followed the first exhibition-club night “Deep Trash Italia”, CUNTemporary is now accepting new proposals for the second episode of this unique event: calling for performances, dance, videos and interactive artworks to be shown on Saturday 30 August 2014. “DEEP TRASH ITALIA: Eurosex Edition” will take place at the East London venue Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club in support of Archivio Queer Italia – the first Italian platform on queer art, theory and activism.

We accept proposals by artists of any artistic background and nationality. Themes may include, but are not restricted to:

  • the impact of TV & pop culture on sexuality
  • the sexual politics of “canzonetta” (pop song)
  • the influence of gossip on general knowledge
  • the agency of kitsch, camp and humour on culture and aesthetics
  • how pastiche challenges normativity, essentialism and originality
  • fashioning sexualities
  • feminism and the soft-porn generation
  • the influence of ethnocentrism on gender and heteronormativity
  • critique of nationalisms and their construction through the media
  • translating (or failing to interpret) cultural differences

To apply please email Giulia Casalini at with the heading “DEEP TRASH APPLICATION” and including the following information:

1)   Name and surname

2)   Place of birth (city and country)

3)   Place of residency (city and country)

4)   A written proposal (no more than 500 words) and, if available, images of the work

5)   Website of the artist/collective or portfolio

We aim to respond to all applications as soon as possible. Selected artists will be notified by 15 July. Deadline is Friday, 11 July 2014.


About Archivio Queer Italia

The Archivio Queer Italia (AQI) project was founded by Giulia Casalini (co-director of CUNTemporary) with the support of CUNTemporary in London. AQI is the first Italian platform for queer art, theory and activism. The two strands of this project consist of:

1. The incorporation of a database to create a virtual archive of artistic, theoretical and activist expressions related to Italy.

2. Creating spaces and mobile events for the display of such activities (e.g. art fairs, museums, institutions, street interventions).

Parallel to these activities AQI regularly publishes news on queer and feminist issues and lists events and activities taking place in Italy. AQI also organises “Teoremi”, a bi-annual itinerant performance festival against sexual and gender discriminations in Italy.

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Teoremi Performance Festival

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Teoremi is the first Italian performance festival aimed at fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It will take place at the Villa Croce Contemporary Art Museum of Genoa, on Thursday 12th, including performances in the city centre on Friday 13th, and final party in the museum on Saturday 14th of June 2014.

Teoremi festival invites to a participative moment of reflection around the problem of discrimination within the Italian territory, specifically focusing on the homophobic and transphobic behaviours that haunt the country. Inspired by Pier Paolo Pasolini’s film Teorema, the festival’s title refers to the possibility of reformulating those behavioural and ethical postulates – the “theorems” – that in Italy still connect factors of culture and “traditional values” to continuous discrimination within its own community. The festival also finds itself in a month that is historically and socially relevant for its manifestations linked to the visibility and the respect for LGBT rights around the world since 1968 (together with the 17th of May, which is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia).

During three days of performance, the festival will showcase the works of artists whose productions reflect these problematic matters from an Italian perspective: canecapovolto, Tiziana Contino, exvUoto teatro, Kyrahm & Julius Kaiser, Ruben Montini & Alexander Pohnert, Mona Lisa Tina. Final party with DJ Wawashi (Hard-Ton). Curated by Giulia Casalini and Roberta Orlando. Collaboration and co-production CUNTemporary and Archivio Queer Italia.

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Villa Croce Contemporary Art Museum – Via Ruffini, 3, Genova

Tel. +39 010 580069 |



VIDEO canecapovolto, I am a part of the problem (2013, 33’10”) [loop, museum]



h. 17:00 – 22:00 Ruben Montini & Alexander Pohnert, Finocchi, performance

h. 18:30 – 19:00 Introduction to the festival with Luisa Stagi (co-director of About Gender, researcher in sociology at the University of Genoa) and the curators Giulia Casalini and Roberta Orlando

h. 20:30 – 21:30 Tiziana Contino, Mimesi/Metessi, performance



h. 14:00 – 18:00 exvUoto teatro, Toccata e fuga per coniglio solo, performance [Piazza Matteotti]

h. 20:30 – 21:15 Mona Lisa Tina, Io non ho vergogna, performance [Piazza San Giorgio towards Porto Antico]



h. 19:30 Kyrahm & Julius Kaiser, L’obsolescenza del genere, performance

h. 20:30 – 00:00 Closing party with DJ Wawashi (Hard-Ton)

The events are free and open to the public. Some of the performances might contain nudity.


The canecapovolto collective was formed in Catania in 1992. By continuously experimenting with different media – including acoustic films, videos, happenings and collages – canecapovolto investigates the expressive potential of vision and the dynamics of perception, also by adopting original techniques for the editing and manipulation of the image. Taking as a point of departure the cinema and the aural and visual experiments initially related to super-8 short films, the group utilises various aural and visual modes of production, by ‘sabotaging’ the initial image (taken from the media) in order to produce displacement strategies. canecapovolto pays attention to the scientific essence of communication and to its impacts on the viewer.

Ruben Montini was born in Oristano (Italy) in 1986. He focuses his artistic research on the potential radicality of performance, from 60s feminist performances until contemporary queer approaches. Amongst his most recent exhibitions: PIECE, percorsi della performance, (realized together with Alexander Pohnert at Teatro Studio di Scandicci, 2014), and the group exhibition Fuck Taboo (2013, Galleria Camera16, Milano). Born in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1983, Alexander Pohnert, completed an MA in Performance Studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin (2011), specializing in installation, video, sound and performance. Working together, these two artists (based in Berlin) elaborate ‘intimate’ contents with a strong political relevance.

Born in Catania in 1979, Tiziano Contino focuses her research on transgenderism and its modes of relation, by exploring the processes of identity change. She teaches graphic design at the Arts Academy in Catania and in Turin. Since 2013 she’s been hosting section on video art (VIDEOPASS) inside TribeArt Magazine and she currently hosts a radio show on visual and performative arts (Tarzan e la liAna, Radiolab). Recent shows: Premio Arte Laguna (2013), PIXEL – La nuova generazione della videoarte italiana, San Benedetto del Tronto (2012), la 52° Biennale Di Venezia, Padiglione Italia/Accademie (2011), il Premio Celeste (2010), VIDEOmed, Fondazione Merz, Torino Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano (2010).

exvUoto teatro is a theatre group based in Vicenza. Founded in 2011, it constituted itself around the project “F.E.D.R.A.” (Funi E Desideri Rapidamente Ammazzano, “Ropes and desires can soon be deadly”): a reflection around the characters of Fedra and Hippolite. Experimenting with different theatrical methods and approaches, Antonia Bertagnon, Andrea Dellai and Tommaso Franchin decide to work together for a common ’language’, which goes beyond traditional theatre conventions, and relating to the public in innovative and unexpected ways. The company participates to festivals and independent artistic events, from theatre shows to site-specific performances in public squares, social spaces, art galleries, cloisters etc., searching for empty spaces (or ‘voids’) to revitalise and upgrade.

Kyrahm is one of the most acclaimed live artists in Italy. Julius Kaiser studied film direction and is one of the main promoters of the Drag King subculture in Italy. Together, they created internationally celebrated video art and performance works. They work for the circulation of performance art in Italy by creating events and places of encounter for both Italian and foreign artists, at an institutional level and underground. Kyrahm and Julius Kaiser curated the “Mut-Azioni” International Performance art Festival in Rome and the Extreme Gender Art performance project. They are also part of Eac, curated by Umberto Scrocca and Achille Bonito Oliva: an itinerant art project consisting in events and exhibitions by international avant-garde artists.

Mona Lisa Tina was born in Francavilla Fontana (BR, Italy) in 1977; she lives and works in Bologna. Artist and art therapist, she explores the body as place of relation and identity. Since 2011 she coordinates, together with Stefano Ferrari, the Research Group ‘Psychology and Contemporary Art’ of IAAP (International Association for Art and Psychology). Main exhibitions; Interacting bodies, Art Verona (2012), THE SOLITARY BODY. The self-timer in contemporary photography, Perugia (2013), Creative Criticism. Sound and Photographic installation, AR.RIVI (Archive Visual Research), Milan (2013) and Premio Internazionale Limen Arte V edition (2013). Mona Lisa Tina also organises seminars and workshops centred on the fundamental points of her artistic research; her works have been presented in collective and solo shows in Italy and abroad.

Hard Tonis an Italian music duo with a huge passion for disco music, metal and camp culture. Born as collaboration between DJ Wawashi and the heavy metal singer Max, they have then worked with different music producers and international underground music labels, bringing their shows in some of the most important venues worldwide for art and music (Berghain in Berlin, Wire Festival Tokyo, Horse Meat Disco and the ICA in London).


In collaboration with and produced by CUNTemporary / Archivio Queer Italia.

With the patronage of The City of Genoa and the Support of About Gender (International Journal of Gender Studies).

Catering Birrificio Genovese.

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