Project Launch:

Queer Relational

POSTED BY: Christina McPhee | Thu Jul 2nd, 2009 9:54 p.m.

Please join us in July 2009 on -empyre- soft-skinned space....

"Queer Relational"

with -empyre-'s special guests Micha Cardenas (US), Felipe Zuniga (MX/US), Emily Roysdon (US/SE), Marc Léger (CA), Virginia Solomon (US/CA), Tara Mateik (US), Amy Wiley (US), and Robert Summers (US).

How might queer theory and practices inflect/torture/distort or otherwise improve 'relational aesthetics'- ? Is the relational aesthetics meme often complicit, if accidentally, with heteronormativity? How does queer practice and theory politically develop the space of the democratic 'violence of participation"?

Please join us! subscribe at

----------------------->Micha Cárdenas / dj lotu5 / Azdel Slade is a transgender artist, theorist and trouble maker. She is an Artist/Researcher at the Experimental Game Lab at CRCA and at Calit2 University of California-San Diego. Her interests include the interplay of technology, gender, sex and biopolitics. She blogs at

------------------->Felipe Zuñiga is a visual artist, independent art promoter, and art facilitator. Zuñiga lives and works between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, U.S.A. He is part of the artist-run space, Lui Velazquez Space,

------------------>Emily Roysdon is a New York and Stockholm based interdisciplinary artist and writer. She is editor and co-founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective, LTTR. Roysdon's work has been shown at Participant, Inc. (NY); Generali Foundation (Vienna); New Museum (NY); Power Plant (Toronto); and Studio Voltaire (London). She is a recipient of a 2008 Art Matters grant and 2009 Franklin Furnace grant. She is currently curating an exhibition on 'ecstatic resistance' at Grand Arts.

-------------------->Marc James Léger is an artist, writer and educator living in Montreal, Canada. He has published essays on critical cultural practices in Afterimage, Parachute, Art Journal, C Magazine, Etc, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest and the Canadian Journal of Film Studies. Forthcoming : Spleen: Institutions of Contemporary Art Practice, a collection of essays on political dissidence in the context of the neoliberalization of cultural institutions.

----------------------->Virginia Solomon is an art historian and critic completing a doctorate at the University of Southern California. She considers the work of Canadian artist group General Idea as an archive of queer avant-garde art practices in the context of politics and subjectivity. Virginia was a Helena Rubenstein fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program 2007/2008 and is a 2009/2010 Canadian art research fellow at the National Gallery of Canada. She was a co-curator of the recently closed Tainted Love

----------------------->Tara Mateik is an artist and educator living in New York City. In 2002 he founded The Society of Biological Insurgents (SBI). Mateik’s work has been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, Project, Reena Spaulings, LACE, British Film Institute, Oberhausen Film Festival, and Museu de Arte Moderna São Paulo. He writes for Felix: A Journal of Media Arts and Culture, LTTR, North Drive Press #2, and Art Fancy. Awards include a fellowship at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Creative Capital Foundation film/video, an Electronic and Film Art Grant/Experimental Television Center, and a BCAT/BRIC Rotunda Gallery Video Residency.

-------------------------->Amy Wiley is a scholar of performance theory and rhetoric. Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, U. C. Davis, 2001, and teaches at California Polytechnic State University Dept of English. She develops applications of performance theory to textual analysis; theories of state/domestic terrorism, separatism, violence, and identity formation. Co-author, with Christina McPhee, "Bare Life and the Traumatic Landscape" (Documenta 12 Magazine Project, 2007).

----------------------->Robert Summers is a lecturer in art history and visual culture at Otis College of Art, Los Angeles. A board member of Telic and The Public School (LA) he wrote "Vaginal Davis _Does_ Art History" in _Jonathan Harris's Dead History, Live Art_ (University of Chicago Press). His essay "Intersectional Queer Visualities" was presented recently at the Association of Art Historians (AAH), UK.

------------------------->California-based visual and media artist Christina McPhee (moderator) is an artist and filmmaker working with landscape, memory and spatial practice. Her current project Tesserae of Venus opens in October 2009 at Silverman Gallery San Francisco. She is featured Sharon Lin Tay's forthcoming "Women on the Edge: Twelve Political Film Practices," Palgrave/Macmillan 2009 .

Founded by Melinda Rackham (AU) in 2001, -empyre- is hosted at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, and is organized each month by an international moderating team currently based in North America and Australia.