British multi-media artist, John Walter has launched his new project ‘Alien Sex Club’ exploring the relationship between visual culture and HIV today. It will feature artists, HIV specialists, clinical academics and scientists, in collaboration to produce a public programme free and open to the general public.
As an immersive experience, it's ability to raise awareness and address this complex subject, is only heightened. The visitor will discover large scale installations inspired by the shapes of ‘cruise mazes’, spatial forms found in sex clubs and gay saunas. Amongst other traditional forms of art viewing, one will be able to get lost in maze and drink in the performance bar whilst watching video art as well as live performances.
"The exhibition aims to use art as a way of addressing increasing rates of HIV diagnosis in gay men in the UK and open up a discussion about that, to update the discourse about art being a political tool by doing activism in a new way, not the 80s way,"
Walter says, explaining that, "because HIV has changed in that time due to changes in treatment and the (in)visibility of HIV - I'm using a maximalist aesthetic to look at HIV as a web of interconnecting problems, whereas artists like Felix Gonzalez Torres were using a minimalist aesthetic to address it earlier in the AIDS crisis."
The exhibition will run in the summer of 2015 at the Ambika P3 Gallery in London.