This summer I helped coordinate two film screenings as part of the annual Pervers/cité festival in Montreal, our ten year old alternative anti-capitalist pride festival. With the help of many we hosted the Quebec premiere of the feature documentary Oriented (2015) followed by a panel discussion with four brilliant activists and scholars who responded to the film (Ray, Natalie, Rachel, and Gabriel!). The next day p/c co-hosted director Richard Fung and held the Quebec premiere of his new documentary Re:Orientations (2016) that looks back at the subjects from his 1984 documentary on gay asians living in Canada.
On September 7th Drain: A Journal of Contemporary Art & Culture held its Toronto launch for their newest issue “AIDS & Memory” in which I have published a chapter of my dissertation on AIDS activist art practices in the US and the ubiquitous circulation of genocide metaphors in such works. The issue was edited by Ricky Varghese and features a host of wonderful writers like Alex Juhasz, Ted Kerr, Cait McKinney, and Jordan Arsenault amongst many others. The launch party also included the premiere of Vincent Chevalier‘s beautiful new experimental short video À Vancouver, a must see!
The forum on HIV criminalization I edited for QED Journal should be coming out this fall and includes contributions from Alison Duke, Cyd Nova, David Oscar Harvey, Demian DinéYazhi’, and Michael Johnson. In this forum the voices of artists, activists, and those directly affected by HIV criminalization are amplified instead of social scientists, public health experts, and public policy wonks who currently monopolize conversations addressing the criminalization of HIV. Links will be posted once it becomes available online.
This winter I have two events in the works. As part of World AIDS Day / Day With(out) Art I will be co-hosting a workshop for students with Conal McStravick as well as curating a selection of videos created by students in my AIDS Film and Video course last year to be screened in a joint exhibition with Conal’s work. These events are also taking place as part of the 24th annual Concordia Community Lecture Series on HIV/AIDS. I’m also co-organizing a panel at the College Art Association’s annual conference in New York in February 2017 with Joe Madura on “AIDS and Cultural Activism” featuring presentations from Avram Finkelstein, LJ Roberts, Aleksandra Gajowy, and Thibault Boulvain.
Otherwise I’m just finishing my dissertation and looking forward to being unemployable in the near future.