Wonderland, a public, collaborative project by Lance Fung is set to open in October 2009 in the Tenderloin of San Francisco and includes an impressive number of artists whose projects will respond, in some way, to the neighborhood. This article expresses my concern about this project and is best summarized through the following question borrowed from Izida Zorde: what responsibilities do artists working in relation to communities have to engage not just with their surface but also with their underlying politics and realities? “Wonderland: A world turned upside down” asks that we consider the broader impacts of our artistic practices in geographical locations we have little connection to and questions the curator’s intention of reconceiving the Tenderloin, the poorest neighborhood in San Francisco, as a tourist destination. Full article published on Open Space.
“This land wasn’t made for you and me” was written after touring the San Francisco Federal Building designed by Morphosis Architecture firm. The article focuses on the building’s plaza on the corner of 7th and Mission Street that claims to be “public,” yet is built on federally owned property. Despite its sustainable design, there is little connection between the designer’s mission to create a democratic social space and the actual function of the federal building. Read the full article on SFMOMA’s blog Open Space.
After attending the opening night of “Lineage: Matchmaking in the Archive” at the GLBTQ Historical Society, I was inspired to write an article for SFMOMA’s Open Space that considered the relevance of the archive for queer histories. Looking at the intentions of curator, EG Crichton and a handful of the pairs between living and deceased queer artists, I respond to issues of visibility and historicization present in the exhibition itself. Read the article on Open Space.
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.
“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.