Thoughts on Art Tap Out, Failed State and Gender Outlaws the Next Generation
Posted on March 26, 2010 by azdelslade
This has already been such a crazy year, and its going to continue to be packed with things I’m excited about! This month Elle and I published a new transreal story on version.org, and showed our work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego last night!
I’m also incredibly happy to share that I’m going to have a piece of writing included in Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman’s new book Gender Outlaws, the Next Generation. I’m really so honored to be in this book. Kate was a huge inspiration to me and her ideas continue to prove to be both radical and deeply important. I’m just ecstatic and can’t wait to have this book in my hands. There also a ton of other amazing authors that I’m so, so happy to be alongside in this book, which will hopefully be out in August.
In April, we have a lot going on as well. Elle and I will be giving a talk at the Failed State conference discussing the Transborder Immigrant Tool and our upcoming project virus.circus.
Then, the next day, Elle and I will be doing a short performance at Amy Adler’s studio in Los Angeles as part of Queer Pile Up organized by Darin Klein and Suzanne Wright. I can’t wait to join the whole beautiful queer milieu!
Art Tap Out was fun, even if it was a bit scary and tough at times, thanks to the straight up transphobia of one audience member who started with “I’m from a consvervative state…”. Really, it was great. I was happy that the discussion really demonstrated in a way that our piece, technésexual, elicited strong feelings from the audience. The most frustrating thing was that the sound was so poor and the video was compressed from HD to SD. The sound was played through such poor speakers that the main part of the sound, the heartbeat, was almost inaudible, when during the live performance it should be pounding loud enough that you feel it. Seriously, if you were there last night, watch the video on vimeo with decent headphones or speakers and you’ll have a totally different experience. My favorite part about the night was when the critic tried to say that live nude bodies have no emotional emotional impact anymore, but then refused to take his clothes off after Edward urged him to from the audience. Then another audience member called out “your reluctance just proves the power of the gesture!” Or maybe my favorite part was when he was insisting that the audience was just going to go home and forget about the whole thing, and then the bell rang to end the performance and the audience refused to go home and insisted that they could stay and keep discussing the piece. Nice. Hopefully someone has some video from last night, but I’ll try to post some photos as well.