Join us for our bi-monthly community conversation on Tuesday September 27th @ 7PM. NO RSVP needed. We hope to see you there.
Following up on our last community meeting where queer safe space was examined and discussed, we now look beyond our present state of queer affairs dictated by neoliberalist politics and assimilationism, to a future full of potential. Guest co-organizer Matias Viegener along with other guest facilitators will guide us as we touch upon Afro-futurism, science fiction, Michel Foucault's thoughts on gay liberation, and other contemporary thinkers including José Esteban Muñoz and Lee Edelman.
Matias Viegener is a writer, artist, and critic working solo and collaboratively in the fields of writing, visual art, and social practice. He is the author of 2500 Random Things About Me Too, a book of experimental non-fiction, hailed as the first book written through Facebook. In 2004 he co-founded Fallen Fruit, a participatory art practice focusing on fruit, urban space and public life, with whom he worked for nearly a decade. His work has been exhibited at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, Ars Electronica, The Whitney Museum, Acuna Hansen, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Machine Project, The Hammer Museum, ARCO Madrid, and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as in Denmark, Germany, Austria, Colombia and Mexico. He’s edited two anthologies with Christine Wertheim, The Noulipian Analects and Séance in Experimental Writing. He is the editor and co-translator of Georges Batailles’ The Trial of Gilles de Rais. He has fiction in the anthologies The & Now Awards—Best Innovative Writing, Encyclopedia F-K, Vital Signs—Essential AIDS Fiction, Men on Men 3, Sundays at Seven, Dear World, and Discontents. His work has appeared in Afterimage, American Book Review, Artforum, Art Issues, ArtUS, Artweek, Black Clock, Bomb, Cabinet, Critical Quarterly, Fiction International, Framework, The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, The Huffington Post, Mirage, Radical History Review, Suspect Thoughts, and X-tra, for whom he writes regularly on visual art. His academic criticism appears in Writing at the Edge: The Work of Dennis Cooper; the queer theory issue of Critical Quarterly; and Queer Looks: Lesbian & Gay Experimental Media; and Camp Grounds: Gay & Lesbian Style. As literary executor for the writer Kathy Acker, he has written and lectured extensively on her work, and recently edited her correspondence with McKenzie Wark, I’m Very Into You (Semiotext(e). He teaches at CalArts and is the recipient of a 2013 Creative Capital Grant.