Winter Updates

liljoe5My new course, AIDS Film & Video begins in January and the syllabus is now available for those that are curious to know about what I am teaching next semester. The thirteen week course will be a whirlwind of screenings and discussions, I only wish there was more time to include more stuff! Also speaking of AIDS Film & Video, there will be a two day HIV/AIDS Media Archives symposium at McGill University in Montreal February 12-13 in which I will participate. Details forthcoming!

Little Joe Issue #5 is finally available for order online and there will be a Toronto launch party for the new issue from 15-17h on the 16th of January at Art Metropole (1490 Dundas W). Tom Waugh and I have a great piece in the issue using the Queer Film Classics series that he co-edits as a jumping off point for an intergenerational dialog about queer film, friendship, and faggotry.

My piece b.1983 from 2008 has been included in Rock Hushka and Jonathan David Katz’s year long touring exhibition Art AIDS America. The show seems quite impressive based on the exhibition catalog as I have yet to see the show in person, but the lack of black artists (only 4 of over 100 artists included) has been a stunning disappointment with the reality of the large over representation of black americans in HIV incidence, prevalence, and death. I am deeply sympathetic to the criticism and ongoing demonstrations against the disappearance of black voices in this9780262528672 exhibition and hopeful that the museums where this show tours in the future will be receptive to the need for serious changes laid out by black artists/activists.

QUEER: Documents in Contemporary Art by David Getsy is due out in late January and includes a collaboratively written piece I worked on from the exhibition catalog for Est-ce que ca vous dérange?. “Rather than a book of queer theory for artists, this is a book of artists’ queer tactics and infectious concepts” suggests the publisher description for the book. With an all-star roster of queer artists, I’m really looking forward to checking this collection out myself!

I also have a piece in the forthcoming issue of the Gay and Lesbian Review. The thematic issue reflects on the the old essentialist vs constructionist arguments in relations to sexuality and gender. I take the opportunity to reflect on Pink Tank’s 2005 ‘zine that includes the short manifesto Your Genes Will Not Protect You, using it as a jumping off point for exploring the history of biomedical etiology studies of homosexuality. In short, it’s a history of science piece that points out the flawed logic of biologic essentialism as a basis for claiming right to non-discrimination protections and situates the science within its social, economic, and political context of the violently homophobic 1990s.