WHAT IS IT?
AntimonuMeth is a virtual reality (VR) experience of 16 min (approx.) and 5 interactive levels designed for Meta's Oculus Quest 2.
The narrative goes through some of the most representative moments of homosexual genocide, specifically: the Middle Ages and the Holy Inquisition, Nazism and the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and correlates them with the current crisis of crystal meth in the gay and bisexual men community.
The VR experience seeks to trigger a series of reflections on the relationship that exists between systemic violence, introjected stigma and addictions. It also opens the possibility of healing the wounds of the homosexual collective body as a consequence of the use of substances and the affective and sexual-affective bonds that are generated.
Lives and works between Mexico City and Athens.
He is an artist and cultural activist focused on the socialization of critical and dissident discourses regarding the hegemonic culture, influenced by transfeminism and anti-neoliberalism.
In 2006 he founded Border, a project that has now become an agency of activism and micro-political action in dialogue with the social sciences, humanities and current art. He has developed a dozen artistic and cultural activism projects, highlighting “Antimonumento Crico” (Almanaque, Mexico City, 2022) and “Circo Crico” (Eucalipto 20, Mexico City, 2022) on the use of crystal meth in the MSM, gay, and queer community; "El Chivo Expiatorio: AIDS + violence + action" (Museo de la Ciudad de México, CDMX, 2018), "Fearless Latin/x America: SIDA+ violencia + acción" (Museo del Barrio, New York, 2017. Visual Aids, Residency Unlimited) and "Lo Que Se Ve No Se Pregunta" Trans* and non-conforming gender identities" (Centro Cultural de España en Mexico, Mexico City, 2016-2017).
A DUAL EXPERIENCE?
Crystal meth or "Tina" experience opens up radical and violent spaces with a potential for harm as powerful as it is for… transcendence? Paradoxically, tina-based relationships are spaces full of love, solidarity, and intimacy. Is it only because of the drug? Are somehow these experiences possible to reproduce without the drug? Can we hack the narratives that condemn meth use to a single vision related to loss, addiction, and lack of agency? May these other narratives help us get out of meth if this is what we want, or to stay as alive as possible if we cannot or do not want to quit?
Press coverage of the exhibition in Mexico City
Once part of The Middlesex Hospital, The rich history of the chapel goes back to 1892.
Princess Diana opened the Broderip and Charles Bell Wards in 1987. They were the first in the United Kingdom dedicated to the treatment and care of patients with AIDS and HIV-related illnesses. In 1992
The Fitzrovia Chapel hosted in 2022 the exhibition "LEIGH BOWERY: Tell Them I’ve Gone to Papua New Guinea" showing some of the most iconic looks of the performance artist.
Additionally the exhibition "The Ward - Revisited "opened in January 2023, with pictures and video by Gideon Mendel who spent a number of weeks photographing the Broderip and Charles Bell wards at the Middlesex Hospital in 1993.
We appreciate The Fitzrovia Chapel's commitment to supporting creative initiatives adding up to the contemporary HIV/AIDS conversation.
East London's queer landmark. Since 2009 has been serving in equal parts as a thriving queer club, cabaret spot, cafe, gallery, and community space.
DSS is an active supporter of its community, running fund-raisers for a wide range of causes including HIV charities.
We are truly thankful of showing this piece in a club setting.