(Art, Film, Video, Activism)
CHRONIC LIFE: CAN WE GO THE DISTANCE WITH THE VIRUS?
The pandemic is far from over, vaccination is imperfect, long-covid is a significant threat, politics plays hardball with our lives, we are underprepared for the horizon of other viruses, consequences are vastly unequally distributed, and we are likely to be anxious, in denial, and puzzled about how best to respond. In this Roundtable, four prominent artists and scholars will present art and organizing strategies drawn from lived experience with chronic illness, community activism, and the personal and political demands long-hauling presents.
Videomaker and scholar Alexandra Juhasz and writer Theodore Kerr, co-authors of We Are Having This Conversation Now: The Times of AIDS Cultural Production, will discuss the necessarily multiple time frames of long-time HIV/AIDS activism.
Artist Lorie Novak will share and discuss Migraine Register, her durational photographic commitment to making visible the significant impact of this chronic and pervasive but invisible condition.
Writer Meghan O’Rourke, Editor of The Yale Review and author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness will consider the challenge of narrating auto-immune and other poorly understood illness when no coherent story readily appears.
Alexandra Juhasz and Theodore (ted) Kerr, along with special guests Rev. Michael J. Crumpler, Cait McKinney, and Amy Sadao, for the launch of their book “We Are Having This Conversation Now: The Times of AIDS Cultural Production,” at the Bureau of General Services, Queer Division.
Reframing the Crisis with Diana Ocholla
Doing Things with Stories Narrative Change Residents Alexandra Juhasz and Diana Ocholla deep-dive into how they approach crisis and stories, and invite you to exercise narrative change in five short video episodes. We live with and within crises. We tell stories of crises, and in crises, to make sense of what is happening around us. While crises alienate, stories connect. As scarce resources lead to a withdrawal into the individual, stories bring us back into the collective. Even as crises create a false sense of competition, making different groups battle for the limited opportunities, stories foster a sense of community, bringing us together to see how the problems that we face are shared and collective.
Long COVID: We Are Here! Walk through
Relational Space (https://www.Relational-Space.org) presents – ‘Long COVID: We Are Here!’ a fearless exploration into the COVID-19 Long-hauler experience.
This video (made with support from NYFA/CAC grant) features:
1- A virtual walk-through of the groundbreaking, immersive VR Arts + Science exhibition ‘Long COVID: We Are Here!’
2- An insightful discussion between the exhibition participants and a panel of Medical experts who are researching and treating patients with Long COVID and ME/CFS.
3- This event is closed with the world premiere of a choreographed piece by Rhapsody James – choreographer, dancer, creative director, and actress – entitled: Long COVID Battle
Forget Burial Book Launch
Marty Fink and Alex Juhasz in intergenerational conversation about the ongoing legacy of HIV caregiving, celebrating the launch of Forget Burial: HIV Kinship, Disability, and Queer/Trans Narratives of Care.
Queer and trans people in the 1980s and early ‘90s were dying of AIDS and the government failed to care. Lovers, strangers, artists, and community activists came together to take care of each other in the face of state violence. This book uncovers how early HIV care-giving narratives actually shape how we continue to understand our genders and our disabilities today.
Purchase Forget Burial: HIV Kinship, Disability, and Queer/Trans Narratives of Care (paperback, $29.95) from the Bureau of General Service Queer Division’s online store: https://tinyurl.com/287j6bx6
AIDS Is/AIDS Ain’t with the WWHIVDD? Collective
Red Stage, The People’s Platform, Astor Place
Q&A with Devon Narine-Singh
Q&A with Devon Narine-Singh
Similarities and Disparities of the COVID-19 pandemic and the HIV/AIDS epidemic
Berlinale Teddy Talk with John Greyson, Wieland Speck, and host, Zsombor Bobák
The Ashes on the Lawn Download
A global pandemic. An afflicted, angry group. A seemingly indifferent government. Reporter Tracie Hunte wanted to understand this moment of pain and confusion by looking back 30 years, and she found a complicated answer to a simple question: When nothing seems to work, how do you make change?
This episode was reported by Tracie Hunte, and produced by Annie McEwen and Tobin Low. Fact-checking by Diane Kelly.
The Blurring of Narrative and Documentary Filmmaking in Agnes Varda’s ‘Faces Places'
4-part video essay for H8URS: Video Essays with Real Filmmakers and Professors.
BFI at Home: The Watermelon Woman Q&A
Cheryl Dunye and Alexandra Juhasz join Programmer and Curator Tara Brown to discuss their inventive and funny romance The Watermelon Woman, and reflect on the film’s sexual expression.
Metanoia AIDS Video Activism
PLASMA, University of Buffalo, with Katherine Cheairs, March 2020.
Contested Data Academic Workshop
Collecting and Curating for Change
Walk through and panel for Metanoia
AIDS Video Activism: Women and Incarceration
Metanoia LA public programming
On Curating EVERYDAY with Jean Carlomusto and Hugh Ryan
With over 40 contributors from around the world, this issue of the On Curating journal wrestles with “forgetting”, “seeing”, “collecting” and “making” AIDS related culture in the 21st century, and the growing impulse to historize aspects of early responses to the crisis. Through academic essays, conversations, visual projects, reprints and personal reflections, a reader will be exposed to ideas, theories, images, and advice from artists, academics, activists, curators, writers and others around the ethics and practices of curating AIDS-related culture within the ongoing epidemic. At this event, NYC based contributors will share their work, and engage in conversation with each other and guests.
After Marriage Book Series Event
Panelist, CLAGS, CUNY Grad Center.
Fake News Poetry Workshops
Margaret Rhee’s Harvard University class presentation about Fake News Poetry Workshops with Chet’la Sebree.
Excavating Feminist Film Histories: Early Productions from Women Make Movies
NYU, Cinema Studies Department, panelist.
Fake News and Performative Writing Poetry Workshop
NYU Performance Studies Department with Barbara Browning.
Advance Screening: Native Son, panel moderator
Advance Screening: Native Son for CUNY. Moderator.
AIDS Video Activism: Women and Incarceration
A video program for Metanoia
Programmed with Katherine Cheairs.
The NY Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
Nothing is Unwatchable for All
NYU Art Department.
Decolonizing the Imagination, Moderator
Brooklyn College, Hess Scholar, Jose David Saldivar in conversation with poets and writers. March 2019.
Topics: Works from 2019 |
Algorithms as Pets and Politicians
Fake News Poetry Video Workshop with Orr Meniron and Kyle Booten at Dartmouth College Digital Humanities and Social Engagement Center.
Union Docs, Program Moderator. How and why practices subvert the formal and political logics of character-driven storytelling. One response to “Beyond Story.”
Tribute to Jump Cut #1
Columbia University, “DiAna’s Hair Ego Remix.”
Fake News Video-Poetry Workshop, New Haven
The second Fake News Video-Poetry Workshop occurred on November 3, 2018, in New Haven.
Fake News Poetry Workshop, Poets of Course
The eleventh Fake News Poetry Workshop occurred on October 2, 2018, in Manhattan NY, led by Cathy James working with ten or more poets in the group “Poets of Course” (formerly Poets of Corsi).
Independent Film Project Week: What’s Now
How Do We ReFrame the Conversation on Gender and Intersectionality; featured speaker, September 2018.
Union Docs: Workshop on Feminist Film
Whitney Museum, Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic Symposium
This symposium develops out of an oral history project of the same name undertaken by the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, focusing on memories of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and ’90s and features conversations with artists, activists, and oral historians. July 2018.
BAM, The Watermelon Woman and Imitation of Life
The Watermelon Woman and Imitation of Life, May 2018.
Cartographies of Erasure: A #100hardtruths-#fakenews Poetry Workshop
Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Occidental College, May 2018.
Race in the Media: A Poetry Workshop
Margaret Rhee and Chet’la Sebree, NY, May 2018. Supported by Poets & Writers Grant.
LaGuardia Community College, 3 Fake News Poetry Workshops
With Lisa Cohen, April 2018. Supported by Poets & Writers Grant.
The National Gallery of Art, Avant-Garde to Underground
Outliers and American Vanguard Art, April 2018. Screening of The Watermelon Woman.
Brooklyn Bazaar, Fluid 0
In conversation with Shu Lea Cheang after films screening, March 2018. A fundraiser for MIX.
Feminist Film Week, Anthology Film Archives
Q & A, The Owls, Watermelon Woman, and Filmmakers panel, March 2018.
Devil’s Dyke Network, Brighton UK
Fake News Poetry Writing Workshop, March 2018.
Occidental College, Fake News and Digital Humanities
Residency and talk, March 2018.
Get Lit, fake news poetry workshop
LA, March 2018.
Upside Film Festival
How does queer + black film transform viewers, February 2018. Screening of The Watermelon Woman
Manifesto: A Moderate Proposal
Art Exhibition, Pitzer College Art Galleries, #100hardtruths-#fakenews Companion, January 2018.
Union Docs, Past Present Future
The Ongoing AIDS Epidemic in Four Documents, January 2018. Screening of We Care.
The Broad, LA: “We Care”
Home Video: Media Art and AIDS, December 2017. Screening of We Care. Presented by Electronic Arts Intermix.
The East New York Film Festival
Guest speaker, August 2017.
Supper Club Dinner on AIDS
8th Floor Gallery, hosted by Sur Rodney Sur and Elia Alba; invited participant, August 2017.
Electronic Arts Intermix, Home Video
Media Response to HIV, July 2017. Screen We Care.
Museum of the City of NY, AIDS at Home
AIDS at Home: Art and Everyday Activism examines how artists and activists have expanded the idea of caretaking and family and navigated the political stakes of domestic life in the face of the HIV/AIDS crisis, from the early 1980s to the present. From the earliest diagnoses, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has spurred New Yorkers to create new forms of social support, identify new legal battles, and explore new artistic terrain. The exhibition places paintings, photography, and film alongside archival objects from activist groups and support programs to uncover the private stories of HIV and AIDS and reconsider caretaking, community building, and making art as acts of resistance.
“We Care” (1990) included in show, 2017.
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