Jennifer Doyle – Queer Body art – links

Jennifer Doyle gives us some links to the artists she mentioned and the videos she showed in her talk in the seminar of com.posições.politicas in november. You can watch the videos of her talk here.

In my presentation, price I tried to give a small glimpse of one of the kinds of places that has nurtured experimental performance and body work – queer bars and clubs, sick which are at once deeply social and deeply political spaces, viagra order even though the latter fact may not be obvious. I threw out a lot of names hoping that some of this work might interest people, and I’ll write you again with some links to more of the artists I mentioned.

Many of the US-based artists associated with performance art come to their practices from untraditional spaces. This is especially true for those artists working directly with their bodies – Ron Athey is perhaps the best known. Some that I did not discuss, Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose, Annie Sprinkle, and (more recently) The Butchlalis de Panochtitlan (who are closer to theater than performance, and whose work explores the poetics and politics of queer Latino life in East Los Angeles).

I mentioned Catherine Opie (a photographer who performed in his company in the 1990s) and Julie Tolentino – a very interesting choreographer and performance artist who also worked with Ron. Vaginal Davis creates “club’ environments (like Sucker, Bricktops, and Rising Stars/Falling Stars in Berlin), she performs in bands (like Tenderloin, a project she is working on right now with the musician Joel Gibb of The Hidden Cameras ), and she also produces works that are clearly performance art (as in her performances as Vanessa Beecroft, or her wonderful performance Mystery Island).

I also mentioned Wu Ingrid Tsang (who also performs in a collective called “Marriage).  Wu ran a night at The Silver Platter, a “tranny” bar whose patrons are mostly immigrant men and transgendered women from Central America.  Wu’s experiences in that environment have deeply impacted him as an artist (he is finishing a film about the club, Damelo Todo/Wildness ) and it also propelled him to create a space that is both a gallery and a law clinic for transgendered people in the neighborhood.

From the world of nightlife come powerful queer icons, whose work deeply influences the performance artists working with gender I mention here – such figures include Sylvester , from San Francisco, and Leigh Bowery , from England.

(I think of all of this work as doing important political work.)

I also mentioned the work of younger artists, who are thinking both explicitly and queerly about queerness and politics.  My Barbarian does live performance, film, theater and installation art.  They are goofy, sincerely, and deeply informed by manifestos on theater and politics from the 1970s.  And I showed a clip from Community Action Center, an intriguing new queer feminist film – a kind of visual manifesto celebrating queer sex – it calls to mind Barbara Hammer’s wonderful Dyketastics, but recasts that lesbian feminist assertion of female sexuality in more contemporary terms – the erotics of Community Action Center are aggressive, play with gender/sex difference. Here’s a recent Artforum review of this film. The video clips I showed can all be found at

…and a link to my football blog

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