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Something Like Emotional Architecture & The Queer Ruin w/ Bitsy Knox feat. Alex Turgeon

19 August 2021

For this very special 35th episode of Something Like, I invited the artist, poet, educator, and very dear friend Alex Turgeon to speak about the emotional potential of architecture, the queerness of ruins and decay, and his solo exhibition at Ashley Berlin, Interiors. To quote curator Stephanie Holl-Trieu’s text for his exhibition, “In Interiors, Alex Turgeon traces the structure of the feeling of home. A table becomes a landscape with windows to the interior, and a screen looming over the table performs as the sky. The sky says, Though sticks and stones may house my bones / Words will always stack together/ / To make the four walls of which they frame / And call me poetry by name.”

Unlike other episodes, I don’t unpack any of the music played on this show this time, in order to devote as much time as possible to Alex’s brilliance. With that in mind, email me if you want more info on any of the music or works that I’ve played here.

  • Learn more about Interiors and the programme at Ashley Berlin here: https://ashleyberlin.de/
  • Learn more about Alex Turgeon’s work here: http://alexturgeon.com/
  • As always, Something Like’s jingle comes courtesy of the brilliant Roger 3000.

Playlist

Julius Eastman, Femenine (extract), 1974, performed by ensemble 0 & Aum Grand Ensemble, released 2020 by Sub Rosa

Stephanie Holl-Trieu, Exhibition text for Interiors, Ashley Berlin, 2021
Roxy Music, In Every Dream Home, a Heartache, For Your Pleasure, 1973

Fred Simon and Liz Cifani, If I Could Tell You, Time and the River, 1985
Willie Dunn, Nova Scotia, Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies: The Willie Dunn Anthology, 2021

Moss King, Hallway Rug, Omni Gardens, 2020

Aaron Betsky, Queer Space, SCI-Arc Lecture, March 22, 1995.

Jeritree, House of Many Colours, Jeritree's House of Many Colours, 1978

Yoshio Ojima, Mensis, Une Collection Des Chainons I: Music for Spiral (1988)

Lavender Country, Crying these Cocksucking Tears, Lavender Country, 1972

Yoshio Ojima, Mensis, Une Collection Des Chainons I: Music for Spiral (1988)

Joni Mitchell, Shadows and Light, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, 1975

Michael Ranta, The Wall is There, Die Mauer, 2019

Séigen Ono, Seigen, Waterfront, 1984

The Blue Nile, A Walk Across the Rooftops, A Walk Across the Rooftops, 1984

Yves Jarvis, Constant Change, The Same But By Different Means, 2019

Randy Kerber & Jowee Omicil, The Long Way Home, Y Pati, 2020

Alvin Curran, Walked the Way Home, Songs and Views of the Magnetic Garden, 1975

W-14, Falls to Ruin, Falls to Ruin, 1984

Essex Hemphill & Wayson Jones, Brass Rail

Nailah Hunter, Ruins, Spells, 2020

Stewart Brand, How Buildings Learn, 1994

Rémi Chaudagne, L'Île Des Temps, L'Île Des Temps, 1984

Everything But the Girl, Lonesome for a Place I know, Idlewild, 1988

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