They Say We’re Sick, part of my Femme Disturbance series was performed at the Institute of Multimedia Literacy in Los Angeles and at the Creatie Activism in the Age of Digital Technologies Symposium at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU on Friday March 30th, 2012, 1:30PM PST / 4:30PM EST. Claire Viele was my collaborator for some of the photos used in the performance and fashion hacking. These documentation photos of the performance are by Veronica Paredes.
They Say We’re Sick is a live performance of theory, poetry and media from my personal archive. Using a feminist aesthetic of focusing on everyday experiences that are autobiographical and deeply personal, I discuss the intersections of transgender and disability, by way of the most important femmes in my life. The media in the performance will be photos and videos taken mostly with my cell phone of events in my life. This marks a new direction in my work, an attempt to integrate my practices of philosophical writing, poetic writing and performance into one experience.
The Femme Disturbance series considers the possibilities for queer femme affect to disturb rationalist traditions that give rise to capitalism, heterosexism, ableism, racism and other forms of exclusion. This performance explores the way in which a femme attraction, between a genderqueer transgender person and a queer woman, can create a sense of solidarity for different forms of embodiment deemed excessive: the femme, the mentally ill, the differently abled and the gender non conforming.