University of Edinburgh Staff Pride Network are proud to present "The Five Ages" as part of our Queer Research Showcase for LGBT History Month.
The Five Ages A floral arranging performance lecture by Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay The Five Ages performs a floral archaeology that explores the relationships between human history and plant life, specifically within the context of a queer aesthetics.
Nemerofsky selects five flowers to symbolize distinct moments in the history of El Dorado, referencing both its incarnation as interwar Berlin nightclub and early 80s art exhibition, as well as its general application as a legendary, faraway site of utopian longing. The flowers stand in a ceramic vase designed by the artist to provide each flower with its own distinct opening. The artist arranges the flowers to interact contrapuntally, creating a bouquet of colliding and overlapping temporalities. The Five Ages was created for the 2017 Odarodle exhibition at Berlin’s Schwules Museum.
About the Artist Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay is a Montreal-born artist, diarist and correspondent. His artistic work mediates emotional encounters with musical, art historical and Queer cultural material, encouraging deep listening and empathic viewing.
In his work you will find bells, bouquets, ceramic vases, enchanted forests, folding screens, gay elders, glitter, gold leaf, love letters, imaginary paintings, madrigals, megaphones, mirrors, naked men, sex-changing flowers, sign language, subtitles, and the voices of birds, boy sopranos, contraltos, countertenors, and sirens. Nemerofsky’s work has been exhibited internationally, and is part of the permanent collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, the Polin Museum for the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Thielska Galleriet Stockholm and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the Edinburgh College of Art and a member of the Cruising the 70s: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures research team.