As the first piece of news in this brand-new news section, I'm excited to share that visual artist Jamison Edgar and I have been awarded the Carnegie Mellon University School of Art's annual Interdisciplinary Collaboration Grant! This generous grant provides us with funding for travel and materials for a research and performance project we have just begun, which will investigate the relationship between two very different forms of information collection and storage, digital data and the queer archive.
I began exploring the world of big data last year for the installation Untitled #1, and this project is a new phase of my ongoing attempt to investigate/counteract the increasing abstraction and quantification of our bodies. By placing the physical body in conversation with both the material archive and the incorporeal “data body,” Jamison and I seek to claim a space for queer bodies and queer histories in an age of disembodied information.
Later this year we will travel to several archives to conduct research and collect material: the ONE Archives at USC, the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria, and the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn. Expect updates from our visits soon!
For more on Jamison's work, visit his website.