things are different now… continue to have a life through another public screening at the Queer Lisboa 17 film festival this past September. The experimental short will be available for viewing online this winter once it completes its other festival screenings lined up this fall.
Est-ce que ça vous dérange? Does This Bother You?, a collaborative exhibition I worked on, opened at RATS9 Galerie on October 11th and ran through October 26th. In addition to the opening I gave an artist talk with my collaborator on October 15th to a full house and it will be available as a video on the exhibition website shortly. A digital version of the exhibition catalog featuring writing by journalist Matthew Hays and art historian Erin Silver is available here.
The short experimental Super 8mm film that I created in collaboration with Richard E. Bump will having its premiere (of sorts) in all its rich color-saturated glory at the 26th edition of MIXNYC on November 16th. Rituels Queer will be shown as a double projection with an original soundtrack by friend and co-conspirator Chadd Beverlin. Rituels Queer is part of a larger program of twelve sexy steamy shorts not to be missed!
In mid-October I presented my paper ”Revisiting AIDS and Its Metaphors” at the Universities Art Association of Canada‘s annual conference in Banff, Alberta. The paper, which reviews the work of queer artists that framed the pre-protease inhibitor days of the AIDS crisis as a form of genocide, focuses in detail on the short film By Any Means Necessary by James Wentzy. The paper has since been submitted to a number of academic journals and with any luck will be available publicly in the first half of 2014.
Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion, an anthology of all the combined writing from our first three books along with a new introduction from the collective, is on schedule to hit the streets in March 2014. This book will save the AE collective time, money, and work by alleviating our need to keep three books in print as opposed to just one. And all of this has been made possible by our wonderful pals over at AK Press who have been a supportive distributor for our first three book projects and have taken on the task of publishing this final anthology.
In other Against Equality news, Karma Chávez, Yasmin Nair, and I will be doing a roundtable talk in London with the Decolonizing Sexualities Network on the 29th of November. At the roundtable we will be discussing our work with AE, focusing on the three sections of our archive: marriage, militarism, and prisons. The event will be recorded and available on the DSN website soon after the event.
Lastly, I’ve been one of the co-coordinators of a fundraising effort to support the production of a film by LGBTQ identified Russians about the impact of the anti-gay propaganda bill recently signed into law by Putin. This project differs from similar media attention in that the documentary film Children 404 is being made by Russian queers as opposed to other outsiders from the West. You can check out the fundraising campaign that runs through November 15th here.