Even in times of dating-apps threatening to hyper-capitalise on sexual practices of queer communities, Cruising still holds a radical, even utopian potential to transform spaces and its architectures against their primary design and for the sake of cross class contact. To have Peacocks domesticated in strictly geometric baroque gardens or megalomaniac neo classical landscape architectures, serve as an allegory for this very potential seems to be not only inadequate but also derisive, considering the narrowness of this imagery. It‘s the uncomfortable story of a gated community told through the Peacock-population of Palais Wallenstein in Praha and the Peacock Island outside Berlin. But decades of inzestous captive breeding and chastity, havent failed to „[...] [initiate] a rhetoric of desiring that is not a postulate of being governed.“1
Developed in collaboration with artist Paul Niedermayer.
1 Simone White about „Sketch for a Fountain“, Nicole Eisenman (catalog Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017, p.178)