You’ve got to love it when the art world forges transparency and open discussion (at least on the Facebook and well away from actual people). Artist Charlie Sofo has opened a can of sexist worms in Melbourne, with his late withdrawal from a show at RMIT balled BYOB (that’s Bring Your Own Beamer). It’s one of those new global shows, where all these cities follow the same cutting edge formula. www.byobworldwide.com
Charlie cited the BYOB gender imbalance for his non participation, the show includes 4 individual female artists to over 20 male artists. All this played out on the Facebook, where organiser Ry David Bailey responded to Charlie by mentioning that Artforum and the show currently on at ACCA, Desire Lines, are just as sexist. I think Bailey’s saying: Stop carrying on Charlie, sure there are no women in our show, but what about all the other shows in Melbourne without women?
Ry David’s reasoning ended with the need for more females to be encouraged to study computer science. I guess before women start making and trying to exhibit art, some tertiary background in programming code wouldn’t hurt…
All this exciting chatter was the backdrop to the exhibition presented by RMIT Design Hubba Hubba. Me and my marginalised vagina couldn’t wait to get there. In the end, it was just another video art show with too many rich cranskys. Natalie Thomas
BYOB, Project Space 1 & 2, RMIT Design Hub, cnr Swanston St and Victoria St, Carlton, Melbourne