Karmaklubb - Tyler Matthew Oyer (US)

15.11.18

Karmaklubb* presents: “Talks & screenings (on various forms of queerness)”—part 2:
Tyler Matthew Oyer (US), Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide (2017), followed by conversation between Oyer & curator Malene Dam (DK). Prebook your ticket or pay at the entrance.

The evening will continue with an afterparty: Karmaklubb* 11 with DJ-set by Oyer himself, accompanied by a selection of queer grape juice from Grapeland, and food from Lofthus Samvirkelag. The afterparty is free and open to all. Welcome!

What is Ridiculous Theatre?
Are queens colliding temporal drag?
Good luck conquering the universe!
What does 1967 have to do with 2018?

“Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide” (2017) is the first film by the Los Angeles-based artist Tyler Matthew Oyer (b. 1987). Borrowing from the canon of literature, religion as much as dictator speeches, drag, and homoerotic references, the result is a somewhat wild cacophonic adaptation of Charles Ludlam’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company’s stage productions from the 1960s, based on Christopher Marlowe’s play “Tamburlaine the Great” (1587). Touching upon political issues as well as HIV/AIDS problematics, Oyer’s work not only suggests history as non-linear, but through satirical twists creates conversations that questions—and perhaps even helps to dissolve—given concepts of time and space, (non)sense, and norms. All played out by an impressive group of performance artists such as Harry Dodge, EJ Hill, Julie Tolentino, and Lex Brown.

About Tyler Matthew Oyer

Tyler Matthew Oyer (b. 1987, LA) is an artist, mainly working with performance. He is also a filmmaker, musician, educator, editor of the online platform “tir journal”—for “feminist, queer, and underrepresented voices”—DJ, organizer—you name it. Oyer has performed and exhibited his work at institutions all over the world, among them MoMA PS1, dOCUMENTA (13), and Rogaland Kunstsenter. He was also part of Trollkrem’s art festival "Soppen” in 2016 and Karmaklubb*.

About Malene Dam

Malene Dam (b. 1983) is a curator currently based in Copenhagen. She recently graduated from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Among Dam’s interests are issues related to contemporary society, most recently with a strong focus on queer temporality, histories of feminism, and education. Dam also holds a BFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and a MFA in Photography and Media from CalArts. She co-runs the exhibition space Vermilion Sands, Copenhagen, together with Nikolaj Stobbe and Kevin Malcolm.

Talks & Screenings

“Talks & screenings” are a series of discursive events in cooperation with Kunstnernes Hus and Lofthus Samvirkelag throughout 2019. Realized with the appreciated support from The Freedom of Expression Foundation (Stiftelsen Fritt Ord), and City of Oslo, Agency for Cultural Affairs (Kulturetaten).