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Hartmut Geerken, Sun Ra Arkestra Performing at Heliopolis, Egypt, 1971, gelatin silver print, 5 x 7". From “Cosmic Communities: Coming Out into Outer Space—Homofuturism, Applied Psychedelia & Magic Connectivity.”

“Cosmic Communities”

Galerie Buchholz | New York

Hartmut Geerken, Sun Ra Arkestra Performing at Heliopolis, Egypt, 1971, gelatin silver print, 5 x 7". From “Cosmic Communities: Coming Out into Outer Space—Homofuturism, Applied Psychedelia & Magic Connectivity.”

Like a magazine article come to life, this exhibition, enticingly subtitled “Coming Out into Outer Space—Homofuturism, Applied Psychedelia & Magic Connectivity,” existed primarily as illustrative accompaniment to a thought-provoking essay. In lieu of a press release, Berlin-based scholar and critic Diedrich Diederichsen—who organized the show in collaboration with Galerie Buchholz codirector Christopher Müller—provided a feature-length work of art-historical exposition drawing comparisons among historically and geographically disparate cultural phenomena, fleshed out by loosely schematic displays of pertinent art and ephemera. The common denominator binding the show’s many thematic threads seemed to be a cultic defection from heteronormativity in concert with a quest for cosmic truths, thought to be accessible via astronomical, musical, or mathematical systems or

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