£10 Admission - Ticket includes one aphrodisiac cocktail.
'Get your pulse racing' - Dazed & Confused
'To be thought about, rather than lusted upon' - Evening Standard
'Championing films about sex and sexuality' - Timeout
'Films, fun and hand wipes will all be on tap!' - I-d Magazine
Baron and Baroness Magazine x The London EDITION, welcome you to a Valentine screening of The Paradiso Cinema. The Paradiso Cinema is a 60 seat cinema for connoisseurs of the finest films about sex and sexuality. For the third edition of The Paradiso Cinema the theme ‘music, identity and sex’ will be explored. In our postmodern age our animalistic needs are now commoditised into increasingly inventive forms, including music. The screening will investigate how popular music influences and exchanges ideas on elements such as identity, gender, sexuality and sex. Watch films curated by Baron and Baroness Magazine including Boyfriends by Jennifer Chan, Bye Bye Deutschland by Barbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, I have Nothing by Sarah Baker, Make Believe by Hannah Diamond, Madonna y el Nino by Trisha Baga and Date with the Devil by No Bra.
19:00 - 20:00
20:20 - 21:20
21:40 - 10:40
Each screening includes films by:
Boyfriends by Jennifer Chan
Boyfriend combines YouTube-captured webcam videos with images of dominant East Asian masculinity. Headlined by a Mandarin cover of Justin Bieber’s pop hit Boyfriend, K-pop stars, J-pop stars, Taiwanese diaspora, and Canto-pop icons, are recut against confessional Asian American "dudes" to deliberate the superficial aspects of performing the archetypal romantic straight male partner in Asian culture.
Bye Bye Deutschland by Barbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca
Bye Bye Deutschland follows the life of a couple of singers from Münster who became known for covering the most prominent voices of distinct eras of Schlager music. Combining the conventions of direct Cinema and Musical, the film approaches the rebirth of an industry that, in the public image, is often associated to a collective day-dreaming of foreign lands, simple texts with nationalist imaginary or heavy duty sentimentalism. Schlager as a music genre is as hard to define as it is unproductive to simplify the contexts in which it has been produced over the last 50 years. Today it divides opinions and touches both those who love it and those who don’t.
Date with the Devil by No Bra - directed by Ursula Mann
Date with the Devil is inspired by the turbulent relationship of two gay males musicians and is accompanied with a fictitious conversation that is mixed in with the artists own experiences. The film is inspired by Jean Genet.
I have Nothing by Sarah Baker
Baker’s work considers the mystique of luxury products and how branding and subsequent value is created through the highly fictive practices of advertising and marketing. Her media include magazine spreads, performance, sculpture and video and look to articulate a discourse on systems of display and the value placed on consumer brands through the cult of celebrity, fashion and design. I have Nothing is Sarah Bakers version of Whitney Houston's classic hit and captures the artist performing the song.
Madonna y El Nino by Trisha Baga - courtesy to the artist and Green Naftali, New York
Madonna y El Niño is “best viewed projected in a completely dark room, onto a disco ball on the floor in the lower left hand corner.” The film is a montage of the popular artist Madonna with Baga’s own self portraiture and found footage, accompanied with commentary from the artist herself. Baga’s work is concerned with the self in relation to systems of social order at a time of accelerated change.
Make Believe by Hannah Diamond
Make Believe was released in 2016 by Hannah Diamond and is a hyperreal love song that explores how romance is used in advertising and marketing. The song is accompanied by a slideshow of images featuring the artist on a snowy getaway.
Baron and Baroness Magazine Bio
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Bárbara Wagner was born in Brasília in 1980. Her photographic practice is centered on the ‘popular body’ and its strategies of visibility and subversion between the fields of pop culture and tradition. Being published in book formats since 2007, her works have been exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally and are part of the MASP and MAM collections in Sao Paulo. A monograph with an extensive selection of her photographs is published in That which is beautiful must be seen (Het Domein 2009). Since 2011, she works in collaboration with artist Benjamin de Burca (Munich, 1975) with whom she participated in the 33rd. Panorama de Arte Brasileira (MAM, Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo), 4th Biennale des Arts Actuéls (La Réunion, France), 36th EVA International (Limerick, Ireland ), 5th Marcantonio Vilaça Prize, 32nd São Paulo Biennial and 5th Skulptur Projekte Münster. In 2012 she completed a MFA at The Dutch Art Institute . She currently lives and works in Recife, Brazil.
Hannah Diamond is a British singer and visual artist based in London. Diamond has released six solo singles on the PC Music record label since 2013, and her single "Attachment" was called "bubblegum hyper reality" by Stereogum. Her music often develops an aesthetic of heavily produced cuteness in tension with sincerity. Diamond has been one of PC Music's more serious attempts to establish " a new kind of popstar."
Jennifer Chan is an artist working with video, performance, and web-based media. Recent solo presentations include Images Festival (Toronto), Transmediale 2013 (Germany), The Nightingale Cinema (Chicago), Future Gallery (Berlin) and Vox Populi (Philadelphia, US). Chan has also shown at the Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), Abandon Normal Devices Festival, and Hyperallergic's tumblr art symposium (New York City, US). She has a HBA in Communications, Culture, Information Technology from University of Toronto and a MFA in Art Video from Syracuse University. Chan was born in Ottawa and raised in Hong Kong. She currently teaches media practices at the School of Art Institute Chicago.
NO BRA / Susanne Oberbeck is a random queer. An offbeat individual who's built an image so anti-establishment she turns heads wherever she rolls. She's a pornographic priestess and a naughty girl, re-naming herself 'No Bra' after a shock tabloid expose on former S Clubber Rachel Stevens - 'Rachel Stevens With No Bra!’” (i-D magazine) No Bra had an underground hit with “Munchausen” which was included in DJ Pete Tong’s best of 2005 list and Rough Trade compilation. The NYC based musician has performed and worked with artists such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Bruce LaBruce, Slava Mogutin, The Gossip, The Raincoats, Mykki Blanco and Hood by Air, to name a few, and performed at venues varying from posh art establishments like the Tate Gallery and Centre Pompidou to sleazy sex dungeons, as well as touring internationally. No Bra is currently recording her 3rd full length album.
Sarah Baker is a London-based artist whose body of work spans performance, photography, moving image, collage, sculpture, and scent. Her works feature exceptional and unlikely characters such as a male synchronized swimmer, a Native American street performer, a fashion mogul murderess, and the late feminist airport-tycoon novelist, Jackie Collins. Baker also performs in her pieces, re-enacting forms of spectacle as seen on television, in tabloids and other news media. Baker completed her MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College (2002) and BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute (2001). Her work has been recognized in group and solo exhibitions, including at the V&A (London), the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (Belgium), the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), UH Galleries (UK), Kunstwerk (Cologne), Galerie Anita Beckers (Frankfurt), and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo, NY). Other solo shows in London include the National Theatre Studio, Griffin Perimeter Gallery, Carter Gallery, 1,000,000 mph Gallery, Bearspace Gallery (Deptford X Contemporary Art Festival), and noshowspace gallery. Baker is the recipient of grants from Arts Council England, the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts and commissions from Artsadmin, Own Art, Vauxhall, Kunstwerk Cologne, and the V&A Museum. Tickets £10 - ticket includes one aphrodisiac cocktail.
Trisha Baga (b. 1985, Venice, FL) is an artist living and working in New York, generating mainly video and performance work through a multi-disciplinary practice which engages the formal languages and concerns of sculpture, painting, cinema, music, photography, comedy, and fiction, using common things to guide phenomenological compositions about the acts of looking and recognizing, and the gap in between. She received her BFA at Cooper Union in 2007 and her MFA at Bard College in 2010. She has had solo exhibitions at Vilma Gold Gallery in London, and the Kunstverein Munich, and has shown her work at Greene Naftali Gallery, EAI, PS1, Johann Koenig Gallery, Performa09, The Housatonic Museum, LAXART, and El Centro Cultural Montehermoso.
Urs Mann (Ursula Mann) is a Director currently living in Los Angeles. Their work consists of music videos for artists Zebra Katz, CupcakKe, No Bra, Contessa Stuto, Eartheater & Jay Boogie. After living in NYC for 10 years, Urs continues to explore + document their community on the West Coast. Their videos have been featured in Billboard, NPR, Noisey & Paper Magazine among others.