As part of the National Queer Arts Fesitval, local photographer Jason Hanasik recently curated a film screening entitled “Across Queer Time” at The Garage. This article responds to the film screening, exploring in detail the films of Kristina Willemse, Killer Banshee, Barbara Hammer and Marc Adelman. Ultimately, I use the analysis of the films and the title of the screening to consider the benefits to refusing a static conception of queer time; one that stands in contrast to the traditional coming out story or the dominant presence of the PRIDE festivities in San Francisco. Read it in full here.
“No Place Like Home: Design and Architecture in post-Katrina New Orleans” responds to Eric Heiman’s discussion of beauty and utility through an examination of the rebuilding projects of the Make It Right Foundation and Habitat for Humanity’s Musician’s Village. The issue of housing in post-Katrina New Orleans is very dear to my heart and this article examines the long-standing tension around recent sustainable, green design in the Lower Ninth Ward. Read it on Open Space.
“The Gay Bar Versus the Academy” examines sites of knowledge production and the tension between activism and theory through Astra Taylor’s film, Examined Life: Bringing Philosophy to the Streets. This film reminded me of the false divide between these two realms through engaging in philosophical conversations with contemporary theorists within locations specific to the subject matter of the talks. Read the article on Open Space.
“The Garden as Protest” considers the recent emergence of urban gardening projects as a form of non-violent protest through the project known as FARM: Future Action Reclamation Mob initiated by designer Robyn Waxman. Read all about it on Open Space.