Pedro Neves Marques & HAUT

Pedro Neves Marques, A Mordida (The Bite), 2019. Courtesy the artist and Galleria Umberto di Marino

Pedro Neves Marques, The Pudic Relation Between Machine and Plant (film still), 2016. Courtesy the artist

Pedro Neves Marques, YWY, The Android (film still), 2017. Courtesy the artist and Galleria Umberto di Marino

Pedro Neves Marques, A Mordida (The Bite), 2019. Courtesy the artist and Galleria Umberto di Marino

Pedro Neves Marques (b. 1984, Lisbon, Portugal) is a visual artist, filmmaker and writer, whose work ranges from cinema, film and installation to short stories, poetry and theoretical writings. Influenced by anthropology and feminist and queer historians of science, their work highlights the clash between disputing images of nature, technology and gender, with science fiction and speculative writing being key to imagining other futures. They are the author of the anthology  The Forest and the School/ Where to Sit at the dinner table?  (2015), two short-story collections and a recent poetry book under their publisher pântano books. Recent exhibitions include Castello di Rivoli, Italy (2019); Gasworks, UK (2019); Pérez Art Museum of Miami, USA (2018-2019); and Toronto International Film Festival, Canada (2019). 

HAUT lives and works between Berlin and London. HAUT is a sound artist, music producer and performer working across the fields of experimental electronic music, dance and human-computer interaction. Their work spans from live performances and immersive sound installations to music scores for dance pieces and movies. Recent exhibitions and live performances include HAU - Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Germany (2020, 2019); Castello di Rivoli Turin, Italy (2019); Gasworks London, UK (2019); Pérez Art Museum of Miami, USA (2018); Dock 11 Berlin, Germany (2018); Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland (2018). They are a PhD candidate in Arts and Computing at Goldsmiths College University of London where they research the application of biotechnologies to develop new ways of musical performance.

Pedro Neves Marques and HAUT are collaborating on a new commission for Liverpool Biennial: The Stomach and the Port. 

Project Description 

Pedro Neves Marques presents two newly commissioned films titledMeat is Not Murder (2021) andThe Ovary (2021), under the umbrella of what they term Medieval Bodies, at The Lewis’s Building, in collaboration with music producer and artist HAUT. Imbued with an intimate and sensorial relation to images, Meat is Not Murder narrates the dilemma faced by an animal rights advocate and vegan when confronted with the possibility of eating lab-grown meat. While, accompanied by a cover of Lana Del Rey's "Let Me Love You Like A Woman,"The Ovary is a raw and haunting approach to the online fan fiction genre Mpreg (a term short for male pregnancy) and its tense, but also visionary, relation with surrogacy, privilege, and homonormativity. Through image, music, and text, the films create an emotional narrative about the gendering of bodies and science, as well as preconceptions about what is deemed natural and unnatural. Mixing autofiction with research, its images echo contemporary issues surrounding queer reproduction and gestation, fears of artificiality in biotech, and the fluidity between human and nonhuman bodies.

Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

The above images are a taster of what’s in store for our LB2021 exhibitions – which are now open! Plan your visit here.