GL RY is a creative response to the gaping hole in representation around HIV and AIDS. The medical crisis of the 80s and 90s is over, but stigma and misinformation produced a different, less visible health crisis. GL RY is an original concept by Alyson Campbell and Lachlan Philpott and uses the glory hole to consider HIV and performance.
GL RY premiered in Melbourne for the International AIDS 2014 conference and was revisited for Outburst Queer Festival 2016 in Belfast.
GL RY was based around Belfast city centre. Along with a series of pop-up installations (marked on maps handed out to participants) a sound work was created, titled ‘Glorious’. It featured materials from interviews with people living with HIV in the Belfast region, as well as new writing from Lachlan Philpott. The experience was designed for participants to be listening to the soundtrack while walking the streets of Belfast. The city became part of the soundtrack and the landscape, or stage set, for the stories heard. All work was voiced by actors.
An experimental pilot project between the Victorian College of the Arts, Positively Fabulous+ and Living Positive Victoria, using performance to consider HIV and transmission.
GL RY was part of the cultural program for the International AIDS Conference 2014. Part installation, part performance, the structure at the heart of GL RY in City Square took the idea of the hole as metaphor for transmission and transformation: what histories, secrets, stigma, information, art, affects might slip through a small hole?