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HooP

HooP

A whole football field of queer people, hula hooping in formation, moving in unison, individuals involved in a mass action together. This was my initial vision for this project. Early video art in the 1960’s was often used to document political events, ephemeral moments, and transient communities. New technology had turned its lens against mainstream media, and made room at the dinner table for alternate voices. What...
How do the words queer and failure relate to your process?

How do the words queer and failure relate to your process?

My queer body began in my arms, hands and wrists. I wouldn’t have called it “queer” when I was younger; I’d have called it “real” or “strong” or something less “gay.” It was only earlier this year—at a PICA symposium framing Keith Hennessy and A.L. Steiner’s work—that I could embrace a queer body culture. Club dancing was my first love. I haven’t been driven so much by...
Economy with Intent

Economy with Intent

I consider doing things with intent an important marker of queer identity. As a community, artists and queers of conscience generally strive to create things like art and community with intent. To me, “with intent” means we try to check our privilege, exploring the impact or potential impact of what we create on our community and the world. We think critically about our ideas and practices, what...
How does the idea of failure relate to your artistic process?

How does the idea of failure relate to your artistic process?

An economy wrung dry, mixed with whiskey-soaked nights, stolen bikes, bad art shows and expensive health insurance: I began to learn what it was to fail. Crashing is hard. The crash was hard. But wishing wells spring up sometimes through cracks in the pavement, and we are born anew.   I didn’t really understand the crash of 2008 until I graduated the following year. I’d never been...
Does failure drive your work? Does dissatisfaction?

Does failure drive your work? Does dissatisfaction?

If you are writing about failure and dissatisfaction, make sure you include Martha Graham’s famous quote about “divine dissatisfaction”: “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and...
How does the idea of queerness relate to your work and process?

How does the idea of queerness relate to your work and process?

Queer is slippery. Queer asks questions and is most comfortable with a wide variety of answers. It allows seemingly incongruous elements to exist in the same body and consciousness. Queer slips in and out through the cracks of perception, allowing a glimpse—or a sense of it—for just a moment before slipping away. Queer is an absent presence—it is here, now and it is not here and not...
RE-POST: What is Queer?

RE-POST: What is Queer?

Previously posted on his blog Random/Often Ridiculous this past September, Eric Pitsenbarger’s thoughtful response to the first Velocity Book Club Happy Hour is an exploration of the conversation that developed at the gathering. The discussion was inspired by STANCE’s first focus “Queer New Worlds”. Eric is a writer and dancer based in Seattle, WA.—the editor   Leading up to Keith Hennessy’s performance this week-end, I attended Monday’s...
The Grey Space

The Grey Space

Writing about “queerness” can prove difficult. What it is, how to define it, how it relates to our identities, economies and movements is too complex for basic assertions. It’s not that it’s shifty or secretive. It’s just that the core of queerness is about the recognition of the fundamental complexity of identity and desire; the acceptance that change is the only constant and that it applies to...