Club Goddess opens its doors for the first time on Friday 29 May, welcoming us into an alternative realm of virtual rooms within an infinite dreamlike nightclub. This tactile safespace has been created for the purpose of desire, pleasure, and play. Hostess divine, Goddess Susie Green, will don her red latex, to share an evening that tantalises the senses. Ms. Green’s long-standing artist playmates Simon Bayliss, Kim Coleman, and Rory Pilgrim will join her in the club to deliver moments of rhythmic collaborative coupling, elevating our virtual experience through euphoric music, erotic film and a celestial harp duet. Kindness and solidarity will be at the forefront of this steamy site of activity, with the mood being simultaneously generous and transgressive. Please, join us – let’s slide into the stream together.
Throughout the evening Goddess Susie will lead us into a series of rooms within the club. As the club opens Rory Pilgrim will join Goddess Susie in THE BRILLIANCE ROOM to sing a duet cover of ‘I Never Loved This Hard This Fast Before’ by musician Tami T. Embracing a harp and a seductive attitude, the duo will connect in virtual unison, enacting a dance track that blurs and redefines the lines of gender and gender identity.
Later, join Splash Addict in THE JUICY ROOM where they will show off their new music video ‘Coming to Power’ (2020) with a bonus ‘herbaceous’ introduction from Simon Bayliss. Splash Addict is a collaboration between Susie Green + Simon Bayliss who unite together with music inspired by their shared romantic, filthy sensibilities and a love of ’90s dance music.
Goddess Susie will then guide us into the IF THEY BE TWO room – a direct portal into the home of collaborator Kim Coleman – where Kim will present an expanded screening of the pair’s moving image of the same name. Presented through encounters between bodies of light, colour, and form, ‘If They be Two’ is a poetic expression of the artists’ friendship and their sexual and romantic desires as lived out in the current technological and cultural landscape.
You are invited to stay for the after-party (via a link on the evening of the live stream) and listen to the ‘Club Goddess’ Spotify playlist; bringing us together through a selection of music designed to elevate our mood.
Club Goddess is the first of eight Live Stream commissions supported by Arts Council England. Previous streams can be found at vimeo.com/kunstraumlondon
Susie Green (b.1979) works across painting, performance & sculpture focussing on the human body as a site for ornamentation & sensuality. At the heart of her work is an exploration into the personal & political powers of intimacy & a transforming of private experience into public expression. Her work is often a poetic & rhythmic exploration of form & subject, with representations of bodies looking for love, security & belonging. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Jerwood Solo Presentations 2018, Jerwood Space, London (2018); If They be Two (with Kim Coleman), Five Years, London (2018); Interior Report, Workplace, Gateshead (2018) and Pleasure is a Weapon, Grand Union, Birmingham (2017). Forthcoming two-person exhibition with Cathy Josefowitz at FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France (November 2020).
Selected group exhibitions include Something Soft, Kunstraum, London (2019); Bedswerver, Flat:Two, London (2018); Exhibition of a Dream, Gulbenkian, Paris (2017); Idea Home, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) (2017). Selected performances and screenings include The Hold, Tate St Ives, Cornwall (2019); Authenticity, Vestoj for La Manutention (with Kim Coleman), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018); Groundwork with Martin Creed, (with Simon Bayliss as Splash Addict), Groundwork, Falmouth (2018); ROMANTI- CRASH, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh (2018); Dwarling, My Darling (with Rory Pilgrim as The Brilliant State) Oude Kerk, Amsterdam (2016) and Fluid Medium, Spike Island, Bristol (2016).
Kim Coleman (b. 1976 N.Ireland) works in expanded moving image, light, and photography to create works that consider dependencies and relationship dynamics between bodies. Exhibitions and performances include Heaven and Hell, Tom of Finland House, LA (2020); If They be Two (w. Susie Green), Tate St Ives, Cornwall (2019); Authenticity, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018); OHMMG, CIRCA Projects, Newcastle (2019); Aphelion Slip (w. Cara Tolmie and Zoe Poluch), Block Universe, London (2017); Here is Information. Mobilise (w. Matthew Noel-Tod), The Showroom. London (2016) and Players, Frieze Projects for Frieze Foundation, London (w. Jenny Hogarth (2009). Forthcoming exhibitions include Grace Before Jones, a major group exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary, UK curated by Cedric Fauq (Sept 2020).
Simon Bayliss (b.1984) is an artist and music producer based in St Ives, Cornwall, UK. He works across slipware ceramics, video, poetry, watercolour painting and performance. Bayliss also makes and performs dance music as a solo artist and in collaboration with Susie Green as Splash Addict. Solo exhibitions include Meditations in an Emergency, The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art (2018); Kangaroo Beach, Exeter Phoenix (2018); En plein air paintings & ceramics, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall (2017); Frantic Romantic, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2016); REGRESSION (BLISS w.Lucy Stein) Kingsgate Workshops, London (2016) and Arcadia, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset (2015). Recent group exhibitions include guiltee pleasures, oh kay gall, Bootham School, York (2019); Idea Home, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), Middlesbrough (2017); Radical Me, Tannery Arts, London (2016). Simon currently hosts and produces ‘Meet me in the Carpark’, a bi-monthly radio show on RTM.FM.
Rory Pilgrim (Bristol, 1988) works in a wide range of media including songwriting, composing music, film, music video, text, drawing and live performance. Centred on emancipatory concerns, Pilgrim aims to challenge the nature of how we come together, speak, listen and strive for social change through sharing and voicing personal experience. Solo exhibitions include The Undercurrent, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2020); The Resounding Bell, Between Bridges, Berlin (2019); Software Garden, Andriesse-Eyck Gallery, Amsterdam, NL (2018) and South London Gallery (2018); Software Garden, Rowing, London (2017); Sacred Repositories Trilogy, Plymouth Art Centre, Plymouth (2017); The Open Sky, Flat Time House, London (2016) and Site Gallery, Sheffield (2016) and Seeds Upon The Dance Floor, SIC Raum fÃ¼r Kunst, Luzern CH (2014). In 2019 Pilgrim was the winner of the Prix de Rome. Rory Pilgrim + Susie Green have been developing their expanded pop collaboration ‘The Brilliant State’ since 2016.Â