What Can Be Measured By a Square and What Cannot?

1. Hippodamian Piraeus: The division of cities by square angles / How we know each other by where we live, why all peripheries are not centers.

I am honored to be a participant in artist and writer, Emily Roysdon’s recent publication, A Queer Relational Associative Project Dictionary published on the occasion of the MATRIX 235 exhibition, If I Don’t Move, Can You Hear Me? at the Berkeley Art Museum. I have admired Roysdon’s work for a long time, particularly her involvement with the queer feminist journal and collective, LTTR and Ecstatic Resistance, her curatorial project and philosophy. For this exhibition, Roysdon will show photography and film related to her evolving vocabulary around movement, choreography, collectivity, and abstraction and utilizing site-specific spaces in Berkeley.

6. Albrecht Dürer, Mechanical Perspective: The size of an elbow, a knee-cap / The memory of this elbow, this knee-cap / A system of representation worked out on a supine female body.

For the publication, Roysdon paired two or more writers and gave us assignments; to co-author a text based on one word of the vocabulary that Roysdon interrogates in her own work. I was invited to collaborate with Tirza True Latimer. Our text, “A Visual History of Square Technologies Encountering Round Realities,” is based on our assignment to write about the word, square. Tirza and I collected images from the history of square technologies used to measure spaces, bodies or actions. In order to create captions for each photograph, we answered the questions, what can be measured by a square and what cannot?

A Queer Relational Associative Dictionary is available for free at the Berkeley Art Museum for the duration of the exhibition (December 12, 2010 through March 6, 2011).


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