HAMISH MCINTOSH PHD EXHIBITION
Thursday 27 October – Sunday 30 October
Content Warning - Themes of suicide, fertility, partial nudity
MIGHT WE KNOW DEATH THROUGH DANCE, AND DANCE THROUGH DEATH?
A new exhibition has come to Temperance Hall by Hamish McIntosh, a queer dance artist and researcher living and working in Naarm (Melbourne).
They Spent Their Youths Dreaming of Ever New Annihilations is a synthesis of dance performance and visual artefact. An experimental choreography has taken place: an unwitnessed dance between flesh and steel — a vasectomy deemed a ‘genetic suicide’ — ending the artist’s ability to reproduce and contribute to society’s future.
Temperance Hall invites you to view the documentation arising from this performance, with the exhibition forming the creative component of McIntosh’s forthcoming PhD, To an End: Death as a Queer Theory of Dance, which explores the anti - social thesis and suicide in dance performance. Like many queer people before him, the artist has become a dead end: a threat to the passage of time, custom, and power.
From fertility to sterility through a bodily intervention, this new work by Hamish McIntosh, in the tradition of artists like Ron Athey, John Duncan, and Fred Herko, positions the vasectomy as an act of dance and in doing so questions the forms preoccupation with liveness.
The anti-social thesis argues that it is meaningful when queer people embrace the ‘negation’ they represent within heteronormative society. This negation is connected to ideas around what scholars have called ‘reprocentricity’ — the drive to reproduce and form a family unit around the Child. As such, They Spent Their Youths Dreaming of Ever New Annihilations is a practical exploration of the anti-social thesis: a symbolic ‘suicide’ that negates the Child rather than the subject, and a realisation of queerness’ threat to the future.
Opening night: Thurs 27 Oct, 7-9pm
Fri Oct 28 by appointment only
Sat Oct 29, 12pm-4pm
Sun Oct 30, 12pm-4pm
This event is free to attend
About the artist:
Hamish McIntosh is an artist, teacher, and researcher living and working on Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Country. Born in Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hamish trained as a contemporary dancer at the New Zealand School of Dance before pursuing postgraduate education in dance studies. Hamish is currently a PhD candidate in dance at the University of Melbourne, researching queer theory, ontology, and death. His dance practise focuses on acts of duration and endurance.
Drawing heavily on visual and performance art traditions, he is curious about the limits of dance as a form. Broadly interested in dance as a site for identity and politics, Hamish has published and presented internationally on queerness, pedagogy, and dancing masculinities, and has exhibited his work at galleries including the Gus Fisher (Auckland), play_station (Wellington), and the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne)
THEY SPENT THEIR YOUTHS DREAMING OF EVER NEW ANNIHILATIONS
DATE AND TIME
Thurs 27 Oct, 7 - 9pm
Fri Oct 28 by appointment only
Sat Oct 29, 12pm - 4pm
Sun Oct 30, 12pm - 4pm
199 Napier St South Melbourne
Temperance Hall’s Upstairs Studio is located on the first floor of the building and is not wheelchair accessible
This is a COVIDSafe event that has been registered with the Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions (DJPR). To view the safety checklist for the They Spent Their Youths Dreaming of Ever New Annihilations showcase please click on the button below
They Spent Their Youths Dreaming of Ever New Annihilations, 2022
Dance performance (vasectomy), paper documentation, inkjet print
Themes of suicide, fertility, partial nudity
Research Ethics Statement
By viewing this work, you understand the content warning above and voluntarily consent to being an audience member for Hamish McIntosh’s PhD research. You are not a research participant, and no data will be collected from you.
If you experience any distress from viewing this work, you are encouraged to contact an appropriate mental health support service, such as Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636), Rainbow Door (1800 729 367), or your regular healthcare provider. The content of this exhibition remains the intellectual property of the artist. University of Melbourne HASS Ethics Reference No. 2021-20658-14576-3.
They Spent Their Youths Dreaming of Ever New Annihilations is supported by the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and the University of Melbourne Faculty of Fine Arts and Music Faculty Graduate Researcher Fund.
Hamish McIntosh PhD Exhibition
Financial support for this project was provided by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship, with additional support provided through the University of Melbourne Faculty of Fine Arts and Music Faculty Graduate Researcher Fund.