Billy Morgan


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Mark
Featured poem: ‘you make me’
Mix; kem for Jessica by Krzysztof Bagiński, 2021






Featured poem: ‘Right Time’
jśa, Scrub Liminal EP, 2020







Performer: ‘Faggots, Friends’
Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Film
Screened at RIBOCA 2020 & Kunsthalle Basel

Adopting the style of a non-narrative documentary fiction, the film is “a chronicle of a summer” and of the relationships between three performers and their environment.

The film unfolds a larger social, political, and affective reality pertinent to certain communities in current-day Poland, in other words, pertinent to life under the rule of a rightwing government and its entrenched ideologies. A 1930s villa in Warsaw hosts the three protagonists as they pass an indeterminate amount of time, sheltered, tenderly articulating care for each other.

Shot—and seen—as if through a lens of desire, the film dazzles with the way bodies, care, and collectivity form a queer utopia.





Performer: ‘Untitled Dances’, 2019
Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Performance
U-jazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw

In this new work, Alex Baczyński-Jenkins continues with his choreographic practice that undertakes the politics of desire, queer embodiment, relationality and collectivity. His work choreographs ways of being together, that manifest affinities and entanglements between the queer utopian potentiality found in everyday materials, social dances and fragments of counter-culture histories.

The work is embedded in an immersive sonic space of songs by Brygada Kryzys, a post-punk band that released their first album during the years of marshal law. Baczyński-Jenkins choreographs ways of being together – through kinaesthetic empathy, gestures and sensuality, using minimal situations and means to draw attention to the politics of affect and the force of relationality.





Performer: ‘Until a Thousand Roses Bloom (With Warsaw in the Background)’, 2018
Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Performance
Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw & Kunsthalle Basel

FGF is pleased to present a new choreography by Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, which combines queer sensuality, eroticism, memory and desire.
The work is informed by the origin of the name 'Foksal’, which can be traced back to London’s Vauxhall Pleasure Garden, known as a place of erotic encounters and cruising.

The pleasure garden undergoes a process of choreographic, affective, and conceptual transformation. The work considers the garden as a site of intimacy, sensuality, and interrelation and pleasure as politics of eroticism and desire. It interacts with queer memory recorded in gestures such as backward glances, unexpected events or ephemeral spaces.





Programmer, facilitator: Queer Ecologies Reading Circle
January - March 2019
U-jazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw

'Queer Placemaking', prepared by Billy Morgan, in the framework of the Kem residency at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art

The Queer Ecologies Reading Circle will meet to read out loud and discuss texts from the perspective of the the newly emerging interdisciplinary field of queer ecology.

The first cycle will be lead by Billy Morgan under the concept of ‘Queer Placemaking’.

We will begin with two introductory sessions to the concept of queer placemaking and its relation to queer ecologies. We will then traverse three terrains - “En-gendered Neighborhoods and the Heterosexist City”, “Out of the Closets, Into the Woods” & “Fantasy Islands” - in order to discuss how sexuality, desire and queer placemaking constitute and are constituted by their environments. These terrains will each provide a spatial typology onto which the readings will be mapped. We will read from a range of sources - from anthropological case studies to poetry, diaries and excerpts from fictive works.

Week 1: ‘In a Queer Place’ & ‘Amongst a Queer Nature’

During the first two sessions we will familiarise ourselves with the queerscape, and think through notions of ‘place’ and ‘nature’ as unstable and entangled in the politics of desire, embodiment and sexuality. What does it mean to queer space? What does it mean to queer ecology? What potential does this open up?

Week 2: 'En-gendered Neighbourhoods and the Heterosexist City'

Beginning with a comparison of gendered neighbourhoods in the neoliberal city, we will then explore how both the ‘gayborhood’, and the concept of public space, are constructed on exclusivities antagonistic to the formation of queer space. We will thereby read the queerphobic cityscape as a backdrop to queer futurity.

Week 3: 'Out of the Closets, Into the Woods'

We will foreground the oft-neglected rural queer experience through case studies that exemplify the relations between community-building, geographical seclusion and proximity to wildness. We will also explore the role of ecofeminism in reclaiming land from patriarchal notions of ownership.

Week 4: 'Fantasy Islands'

Taking the island as a topography of marooned sexuality, this meeting will draw out the affinities between a proximity to water and wetness as a quality of queer environments, and the utopian island as a shared fantasy of queer territoriality.

Curator of the Kem residency at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art: Michał Grzegorzek





Performer & collaborator in the film works of Małga Kubiak
2019-present

With Małga Kubiak, Warsaw underground filmmaker and artist-writer, I have had the pleasure of collaborating on her previous three film works: Epokalipsa, Lizzy Siddall, and Leonardo.

Text by Małga on the making of Epokalipsa:

"Where did my Vampire come from? From the bottom of my soul. The Vampire is me. Where did the skull in the pram come from? The skull instead of a baby? From my head. What is the Vampire doing? He’s loving and killing. Why is Edka singing? Because I can’t sing like that. Why is Edka undressing? Because she wants to, and because she fulfils me. Every actress and every actor who wants to undress fulfils me. The wedding dresses are mine, yours; they’re common, they belong to my grandmothers, and my granddaughters too."





Performer & participant in ‘Male Breastfeeding’, 2018
Workshop by Antonija Livingstone
Kem Care, as part of Kem residency at MOMA Warsaw

Over the course of a week, we developed a performance framed by Antonija’s ‘Male Breastfeeding’ choreographic practice of care, that previewed at MOMA Warsaw in February 2018.





‘Situation for a Boy’
In collaboration with Michał Szaranowicz and Konrad Huebbe
As part of the event ‘Akcja! Lublin’, Labyrint Gallery, Lublin, Poland, 2018

The performance works with the act of woodchopping as a masculine trope of frustration, undermined by soft counter-gestures: a half-time slowed pop vocal, two screens displaying a video of rolling fog, the introduction of scent, and the reconstitution of the chopped logs into a spatial intervention.