iD #5 with
Vaginal Davis & Marc Siegel in Conversation
No One Leaves Delilah: A (W)rap on Desire
What are the common laws of desire?
Vaginal Davis, the doyenne of intermedia arts and sciences, and film historian Marc Siegel, aka Marcuse Siegelstein, will ponder this question and others in their intimate performative conversation “No one Leaves Delilah: A (W)rap on Desire.”
This is the fourth in the international “(W)rap series” that began in 2012 in New York City with Davis and the late theorist José Esteban Muñoz’s “(W)rap on Race”. Muñoz was a beloved scholar and former chair of the Department of Performance Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His first book Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (1999, featuring Vaginal Davis on its cover) continues to incite new generations of queer troublemakers.
The (W)rap series continued in Paris in March, 2017 at the Archives nationales with Davis and artist Wu Tsang’s salute and klatch on all things punk with their (W)rap on José Muñoz, part of LaFayette Anticipations’ La Editathon Art+Feminisms.
January 2018 saw Davis and curator Natasha Ginwala’s (W)rap on Riots as part of the exhibition Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future at the Ifa-Galerie in Berlin.
This fourth iteration promises to be exciting as Davis and Siegel have known each other for some 25 years, and since 2001 have been part of the CHEAP kollektiv, founded by Siegel, Susanne Sachsse, and Daniel Hendrickson, currently touring Europe with the concert installation Original Sin.
Vaginal Davis (b. 1969) is a performer and artist who resides in Berlin. Davis has performed widely, including recently for Liste Art Fair Basel or documenta 14. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at 80WSE (2016), Invisible-Exports (2017, 2015), Cooper Union (2015), and PARTICIPANT INC. (2012), in New York, as well as in group exhibitions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2017); the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (2009); the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka, Croatia (2009); and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2008), among many others. Davis was a member of the Los Angeles–based punk band ¡Cholita! The Female Menudo.
Marc Siegel is currently Professor of Media Studies at the University of Hildesheim. His research and publications focus on issues in queer studies and experimental film. His book «A Gossip of Images» is forthcoming from Duke University Press. He co-edited, among other publications, «Easier Than Painting. Die Filme von Andy Warhol» (forthcoming 2018, with Henning Engelke) and «Outside: Die Politik queerer Räume/The Politics of Queer Spaces» (2005, with Matthias Haase and Michaela Wünsch). He is also on the advisory board of the Forum Expanded section of the Berlinale and a member — along with Vaginal Davis — of the Berlin-based art collective CHEAP.