Tearoom Trade
Ceramics (2018)

A combined exploration into post-digital craft, and the digitised nature of queer space in the 21st Century. With increasingly more encounters between LGBTQ+ people taking place online with the advent of geosocial hook-up apps, the epicentre of queer space shifts from the public sphere to the private and domestic realm of the home. The research led to the creation of a tea set – the ultimate symbol of domesticity. By 3D scanning a series of gay bars and translating these sites into ceramics, it embraces the glitches of digital manufacturing processes, in cooperation with traditional slip-cast ceramic techniques to create digitally confused and fragmented objects, much like the community they represent. Consequently, somewhat cynical questions are inevitably raised when such a significant element cultural heritage has been reduced to a series of kitschy domestic objects.




COLIN KEAYS 2018