Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture

Cruising describes the quest for sex by homosexual men in public spaces. It is an urban pursuit taking place in parks, public toilets and car parks, as well as in dedicated establishments such as sex clubs and bathhouses. But cruising cannot be reduced to neither men nor gays, nor to any definite location. The historical model of cruising is evolving. Presenting the many facets of cruising culture through the work of international architects, designers and artists, Cruising Pavilion explores a sexual and spatial practice that spans historical and contemporary culture. The combination of digital hook-up apps, urban development, and the commodification of LGBTQ+ cultures means that traditional cruising grounds are continually adapting. Geospatial technologies have generated a psychosexual geography that spreads across digitally-connected homes and profiles.
'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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Invitation to the exhibition. Image courtesy of ArkDes.
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Curators: Pierre-Alexandre Mateos, Charles Teyssou, Rasmus Myrup, and Octave Perrault (Cruising Pavilion) with James Taylor-Foster (Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Design, ArkDes).
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From 'Lesbian Xanadu (Updated Version)' series (2019) / Ann Krsul + Alexis Roworth. Courtesy of the artists. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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Cruising Labyrinth (2016) / Andreas Angelidakis. Open source. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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'Blueprints of The Saint (invitation to the first event)' (1980) / Charles Terrell + Bruce Mailman. Courtesy of The Saint Foundation Archives. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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'Boiler Club Extension' (2015) / Studio Karhard. Courtesy of the artist. Photo © Stefan Wolf Lucks. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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From the 'NYC Go Go (Postcard from the Edge)' series (2014) / Robert Getso. Courtesy of Timothy Landers. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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'Social Sculpture 9, Butt Shelf' (1998/2019) / John Lindell. Courtesy of the artist. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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'Reproduction of Flagrant Délit' (1975) / Madelon Vriesendorp. Courtesy of the artist. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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Still from '“AAFAGC”, Applied Art for a Gay Club' (2011) / Jaanus Samma + Alo Paistik. Courtesy of the artists. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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