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  • Confabulations : 24-03-2021
  • GD : Confabulations
  • Luisa Lorenza Corna : Fugitive Forms
  • 24 March : 7 pm EET
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  • Rosen : That's Carla Lonzi everyone 🙂
  • Rosen : https://thenewinquiry.com/on-quitting/
  • Rosen : On Quitting by Keguro Macharia
  • Rosen : The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study by Fred Moten and Stefano Harney
  • GD Confab : psst --> feel free to post any questions and we'll get to them after the talk
  • PW : reminds me of Nell Dunns "Talking to Women' from 1965 - transcribed informal discussions w artists, writers & 'normal' women
  • guest_4690 : typographic = psychographic 😉
  • guest_5546 : ^ I noticed that one also
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  • guest_4690 : a thought: it seems that this work is also kind of a process of decoding or encrypting .. puzzling... meanings
  • guest_7311 : do you also think about how to write about her so that she still stays disidentificated.
  • guest_7311 : if that makes sense
  • guest_5546 : Beyond what you are doing now, how would you distribute these translations and research in relation to what you just mentioned about these publishing models?
  • LucyL : How has reading and translating these influenced your relationship with the world? Or even your personal work?
  • guest_5546 : Are there anyways that you consider this un-doing, self-erasure, or disidentification that would apply to now having traces of our lives so publicly online?
  • guest_7311 : could you expand a little on the idea of text as a social space – is it a way of reading, in the sense that each text can be read a social space. or is it a mode of writing, in the sense that certain texts are written as social spaces?
  • guest_7311 : *as a social space
  • guest_5546 : a means, not an end. this is similar to graphic design
  • guest_7311 : thank you!
  • guest_5546 : To return to where you started in positioning yourself in this research and time now
  • guest_5546 : exactly what I was trying to ask
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  • just_a_comment : Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful work of research.
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  • guest_1483 : Thank you so much for sharing your impactful work and research
  • guest_3341 : Thank you for sharing captivating thoughts, works, research!
  • guest_4372 : grazie mille, Luisa!
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  • guest_4690 : Thanks Rosen for setting up this!
  • guest_2163 : This was great, Luisa!!
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  • GD Confab : Thanks so much for joining everyone! First talk of Season #2 :))
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  • GD Confab : NEXT: 07 April with Loren Britton: Feeling out T*FTS (Trans*FeministTechnoScience) See you back heeere!
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  • GD Confab : Helllo heloooo everybody! Welcome to GD Confabulations #2.1 with Loren Britton. We are starting in just a little bit!
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  • Rosen : Just a reminder that the access copy is here: https://pad.xpub.nl/p/Feeling_out_T*FTS
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  • Loren : http://meltionary.com/hackingconcrete/start.html
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  • Rita : thank you a lot for the access copy 🙂 easier to follow through
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  • GD Confab : If there are any questions for Loren, use this space to submit them 🙂
  • guest_7912 : how did you come to this format of your work?
  • guest_7912 : how did you... come to chose these particular topics?
  • guest_7912 : my names Rodion : )
  • Maria : Could you speak a bit more about your relationship to language? By manifesting accessibility within language (ie using the gender star asterisk) isn't there a risk of making the language itself inaccessible to wider audiences?
  • lisa : hi! thx so much. how do you feel working in institutionalized contexts, where often critical pedagogy, disability justice, trans*feminist practice etc. are not really included and often very limited?
  • marje : what are your thought about hacker community in general? do you feel you're part of the community?
  • Rodion : thanks for the replies! i think it's a very promising field... or mixture of fields to be working in
  • helenslug : thanks I really enjoyed the talk and also moving back and forth between the different versions/versionings :). I wanted to pick up on the work on hacking concrete and disability justice that you shared.. and I guess I wanted to ask does justice shape shift or not and does it ever need hacking for its concreteness or not?
  • guest_9244 : Thanks so much for your talk and your thoughts! Loved the format of the talk! My question is: Education has so drastically changed within the past year. How do you tackle the difficulties of „online teaching“ within your pedagogical practice?
  • helenslug : no such thing as a bad missy vid!
  • michael : Curious if you could maybe extrapolate or provide insight into how speculative practices/discussions/actions can become more intersectional, accessible. How can these contemplations become less "scary" or softened for greater access, representation? PS: Hackers is suuuuch a great movie!!
  • helenslug : thanks Loren! I really like your articulation of justice shape shifting in contexts, and no I'm not suggesting that you suggest justice is concrete, instead I feel you are saying that its not.. and want to hear more of how you think on this! and also because of the ways maybe some ways academic uses justice tries to make it concrete somehow!
  • helenslug : *academia!
  • lisa : hi! thx so much. how do you feel working in institutionalized contexts, where often critical pedagogy, disability justice, trans*feminist practice etc. are not really included and often very limited?
  • lisa : + could you repeat the name of the group you just mentioned?
  • Rosen : @lisa SINS INVALID and design justice network
  • lisa : Thank you!
  • isi : I liked this article on differences btw disability justice and disability rights: https://www.marieclaire.com/politics/a35866693/lydia-x-z-brown-interview-2021/ - these could also have different states of matter, be concrete in different ways.
  • michael : Fantastic, thank you Loren
  • helenslug : yes isi! and also concrete at different moments or concretising as a way to bring together different relations too
  • lisa : 🙂 thank you for the nice answer
  • michael : This was super refreshing and reaffirming! I hardly ever experience these conversations in this context and I'm really grateful for this discussion and for your facilitation, Loren (and Rosen)
  • guest_9244 : thanks so much rosen and loren!
  • guest_9244 : love this series!
  • otttttt : thank you!!
  • isi : thank you both! 🌸
  • Rodion : thank you again for a nice conversation!
  • Rita : it was great! thank you
  • guest_9254 : Thank you so much !
  • louise : thank you, Loren and Rosen!
  • helenslug : thank you!! and thanks for the chairing/hosting!
  • Loren : Thank you all so much for your time in coming and your questions in the chat 🌸
  • guest_3024 : Thank you, Loren!!!
  • Sean : Thank you Loren and Rosen, so so nice !
  • guest_2853 : thank you, it was fantastic
  • Rosen : Thanks for joining!
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  • GD Confab : Hello hello hello! Confabulations #2.3 starting in just a bit with Eli Cumings.
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  • Michael : Hello Eli!
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  • guest_5872 : Wonderful description and disection of fabulous
  • otttttt : a bit formal question: do you know where the format of having verse in the beginning and then prose come from
  • otttttt : was this book editioned or is it a unique book?
  • Eli : https://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/record.asp?MSID=8389&CollID=28&NStart=1821
  • otttttt : how literate was the population at the time? could almost everyone in the city read them or rather only some classes
  • otttttt : (perhaps you just answered this)
  • talah : Tyvm for the stimulating lecture Eli. I am particularly interested in the idea of the ‘spectral child’ - the idea that the birth broadsides diverted the viewer’s mind, if subliminally, to what was considered the ideal/‘complete’ body in the 16thc. Have you found similar spectres/diversions in the theological literature mentioned? It’s interesting to think about what isn’t said in this way.
  • grace : Thank you Eli! I have a q about the lives of the broadsheets as objects. Were they kept for long periods of time or more ephemeral? I'm guessing broadsheets in public places wouldn't have lasted long. I'm also interested in how these broadsheets ended up in museums + archives.
  • guest_5872 : how can this research be used to illuminate current tabloid commentary?
  • otttttt : from the perspective of graphic design: how were the broadsheets and/or printed matter perceived? at the moment they seem quite rough and cheap, but at the time were they perceived as something slick etc. perhaps the question is also did the fact that these broadsheets were printed add extra value / weight / authority to the text
  • Asa S : Thanks Eli Darling, where have you found majority of these texts? and which libraries and archives do you plan to go to once opened?
  • bryce : brilliant research thank you eli thank you rosen
  • johanna : Thanks a lot for a really great talk!
  • Nell : Thanks Eli!
  • berlinerkindl : Thank you!
  • Michael : Thank you Eli!!
  • jan : thanks so much Eli!!
  • guest_2853 : thanks, it was super interesting!
  • Sean : Thank you Eli!!!
  • guest_4870 : Brilliant and so enlightening 🙂 thank you Eli
  • Nell : thank you so much eli!
  • Sara : Amzingnnn!!
  • Rosen : Thanks for joining everyone!
  • Eli : thank you soooo much everyone!! such a pleasure to speak to you Rosen
  • Nell : i had anotherrr question
  • GD Confab : Hey hey hey! last talk of Season 2 starts very soon!
  • GD Confab : With Nat Pyper // The World and Words Fuck Each Other
  • GD Confab : We are starting in a bit!
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  • Confab : yes! it will start in a couple of minutes
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  • GD Confab : Hey all, sorry about this. We are experiencing a weird error with going live on Youtube, so we'll host the talk on Zoom instead. Please join us here: https://zoom.us/j/94782270791?pwd=N3czNFlnc2hZRlVBUEIrYUE5ak01QT09
  • curious : okay, lezz go!
  • GD Confab : Thank you all that joined us through Zoom ! It ! Was! Fab!
  • GD Confab : See you soon! Season 3 !
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The World and Words Fuck Each Other
Nat Pyper
05 May 2021, 19h (EET)

“FAGGOTS GALORE. WHIRLING LESBIAN DERVISHES. OUT COME THE FREAKS.” So begins Fuzz Box Vol. 2 No. 5, a zine edited by Nicolas Jenkins in Montreal at the height of the queer anarcho-punk scene of the late ’80s and early ’90s. In an era shaped by the AIDS epidemic and its ensuing culture wars, violences, and oppressions, zinesters waged queerness as a weapon against bigotry and boredom. Join Nat Pyper for an erotic close reading and page-turning performance of Fuzz Box, the At War issue: an intimate encounter between publishing and desire.

Nat Pyper is an alphabet artist. In their work and writing, they use language as a sieve and they push the body through it. They make fonts, write sci-fi, design wearables for videos and performances, and research radical queer publishing histories. Their work has been shown at Chuquimarca Projects and Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Printed Matter in New York City, and Vox Populi in Philadelphia. They received their MFA from the Yale School of Art. They are currently a 2021-22 HATCH Artist Resident at the Chicago Artists Coalition.

Between Text and Object: Reading the ‘Monstrous Birth’ Broadsides
Eli Cumings
21 Apr 2021, 19h (EET)

In sixteenth-century Europe, interest in so-called ‘monstrous births’ was rife. Infants with congenital abnormalities were displayed at fairs, outside churches and in their homes. The causes of their physical deviance were considered in medical and ethnographical works, as well as sermons, autobiographies, and a host of other texts. The tradition of interpreting infants in this way was, of course, not new. But in the early modern period, the discourse entered print for the first time.

In this lecture I will reflect upon the consequences of this material fact, focussing my discussion on a small group of ‘broadsides’: cheap, mass-produced, single-sheet texts which were intended for a general readership. How did these texts articulate and transmit ideologies of bodily difference? What was the relationship between their form and content? How did they shape public notions of normalcy and deviance?

Eli Cumings is a doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge. Her work explores the representation of bodily difference in the textual culture of the Protestant Reformation, using the notion of ‘monstrosity’ as the point of departure. She is currently based in Berlin, where she will shortly begin a DAAD-funded research project.

Feeling out T*FTS (Trans*FeministTechnoScience)
Loren Britton
07 Apr 2021, 19h (EET)

Walking along a the uneven accountabilities of trans* feminist technoscience and critical pedagogy: Feeling out T*FTS (Trans*FeministTechnoScience) will be a lecture based in a not emerged (non-linear and between) timeline. Based in queer theory, trans* studies, feminist technoscience and disability justice the lecture will be a remixing of different theoretical texts and artistic and design projects that have impacted me as an artist and researcher. Feelings will be prioritised and omissions are promised.

Loren Britton is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher tuning with practices of Critical Pedagogy, Trans*FeministTechnoScience and Disability Justice. Playing with the queer potential of undoing norms they practice joyful accountability to matters of anti-racism, collaboration, Black Feminisms, instability and transformation. With Isabel Paehr as MELT, they queer knowledges from computation and chemistry to shift metaphors of melting in times of climate change. Britton is an Associate Lecturer in Queer Feminist Technoscience & Digital Design at i-DAT at the University of Plymouth, UK; and an artistic researcher on the interdisciplinary project ‘Re: Coding Algorithmic Culture’ within the Gender/Diversity in Informatics Systems Research Group at the University of Kassel, DE.

Fugitive Forms
Luisa Lorenza Corna
24 Mar 2021, 19h (EET)

Taking the lead from Fred Moten and Harney’s criticism of academia and call for dissident forms of knowledge production, this presentation will explore the lives and the work of a group of 20th century figures that enacted forms of fugitivity avant-la-lettre. We will adopt a notion of fugitivity intended both as a breaching of the institutional frame, as well as a desire to trespass the boundaries between theory and practice, different media, literary genres and ultimately art and politics. We will first examine how critic Carla Lonzi’s decision to leave the artworld and embrace separatist feminism, was paralleled by a transfiguration of her mode of writing, aimed at challenging the artifice of language. We will then move to the erratic literary production of 70s gay activist Mario Mieli, which we will examine in light of his political attempt to replace identity with a world of erotic abundance.

Luisa Lorenza Corna is an art and design historian teaching at Middlesex University. Her main areas of research are art, Marxism and feminism. She has written for various art and design magazines, amongst which Texte Zur Kunst, Art Monthly, Flash Art and Domus. She is completing an anthology of writings of the feminist art historian Carla Lonzi for Seagull. Her first monograph, tentatively titled Fugitivity and Militancy in Post-War Criticism, seeks to question the epistemological constraints of art history and academia, through recounting the lives and the works of a selection on critics that left the artworld in favour of direct political activity or independent pedagogical projects.

Beyond Inclusion: Disability in Life and Design
Bess Williamson
09 Dec 2020, 19h (EET)

Dr. Bess Williamson will share some key moments in historical and current practices of design that addresses disability. From origins in the post-World War II decades, to recent creative efforts, disabled people and their allies have identified the potential for design to align with ideas of social change and justice—but that this means confronting biases and resistance on local and global levels.

Dr. Bess Williamson is Associate Professor of Design History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (USA), where she teaches courses in the history of modern design, object theories, and disability studies in art and design. She is author of Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design and co-editor of Making Disability Modern: Design Histories, published this summer.

The Art of Activism: On Radical Practices of Solidarity in New York City’s Museums and Beyond…
Ayasha Guerin
25 Nov 2020, 19h (EET)

Museums are places that are set up to out-survive us. They serve the public and are seen as important places in which a society can define itself and present itself. Museums solidify and legitimate culture…. this is why they have been such important stages of activism! The battle against the supposed neutrality of the Museum has been an ongoing artistic and political investigation. This talk will explore questions that art activism in New York City has raised about identity and the social politics of representation and appropriation in the museum. We’ll consider artistic practices of solidarity though a Black feminist lens, listening to images of protest in order to think through what a radical practice of coalition building might look like in art spaces.

Ayasha Guerin is an interdisciplinary scholar, artist and curator who lives between Vancouver and Berlin. She received her PhD in American Studies from New York University and is an Assistant Professor of Black Diaspora Studies at the University of British Columbia. Ayasha is invested in art practices that are also forms of activism—and believes a responsibility of the research profession is to make knowledge accessible through public action.

Collective Listening, Collective Dreaming
Amal Khalaf
11 Nov 2020, 19h (EET)

Through listening moments, readings and sharing stories from projects developed over the last decade, we will think about how histories of radical pedagogy and practices of listening play a role in community practice and collective imagining. What are the ways that collective imagining can create alternative spaces for contesting power and advocating for new forms of relation? As an artist, organiser or designer how do you ground your practice in supporting collective desire? The challenge of including the arts and pedagogical practices meaningfully in research, organising and community initiatives is not new, but has grown more important in these crisis-ridden times. There is a need for more collaborative work embracing interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and action.

Amal Khalaf is a curator and artist and currently Director of Programmes at Cubitt and Civic Curator at the Serpentine Galleries where she has worked on the Edgware Road Project since its inception in 2009. Here and in other contexts she has commissioned and developed residencies, exhibitions, workshops and collaborative research projects at the intersection of arts and social justice. Through Implicated Theatre (2011–2019) she has developed an arts and migrant justice program using Theatre of the Oppressed methodologies to create interventions, curricula and performances with ESOL teachers, hotel workers, domestic workers and other migrant justice organizers.

Standing on Both Shores At Once: Designers, Shapeshifters and Decolonial Futurities
Luiza Prado de O. Martins
28 Oct 2020, 19h (EET)

Shapeshifters and tricksters are folkloric figures living at the intersection of different realities and universes — human and non-human animals, the living and the dead. They incarnate multiple ways of being and acting in the world, challenging hegemonic, colonial narratives of universality, scientific neutrality, and homogeneity, and compelling us to think instead in terms of metaphors, contradictions, and borderlessness. Feminist writer Gloria Anzaldúa wrote extensively about the necessity for the non-conforming subject to acquire abilities akin to those of the shapeshifter as a form of survival. The colonized subject, she contends, is a shapeshifter in nature, living and speaking from the borders of different languages, identities, and knowledges.

Starting from an engagement with feminist, decolonial, and anti-racist theories, in this lecture we will critically examine questions of positionality, objectivity, and universality design research, and how they relate to the cohesion of Western-centric systems of knowledge. Building upon these reflections, we will then speculate on the anti-colonial and counter-hegemonic possibilities offered by approaching the role of the design researcher as akin to that of the shapeshifter, and by understanding knowledge as composed by a multitude of lived experiences, ontologies and epistemologies between systems.

Luiza Prado de O. Martins is an artist and researcher working with questions of fertility, reproduction, coloniality, gender, and race. In her doctoral dissertation she approaches the control over fertility and reproduction as a foundational biopolitical gesture for the establishment of the colonial/modern gender system, theorizing the emergence of ‘technoecologies of birth control’ as a framework for observing—and resisting, disrupting, troubling—colonial domination. Her ongoing artistic research project, “A Topography of Excesses,” looks into encounters between human and plant beings in herbal medicine through the lenses of radical care. She is a co-founder of Decolonising Design.

A Wounded Fire: Queerness in Black Publications from the Harlem Renaissance
Silas Munro
14 Oct 2020, 19h (EET)

In 1925, Alain LeRoy Locke was asked to be guest editor of an issue of Survey Graphic, the richly designed periodical covering sociological and political issues of the day. The issue, titled “Harlem: Mecca of the New Negro”, was Locke’s first publication wherein he connected an emerging generation of young black writers, poets, and artists, to what would be known as the Harlem Renaissance. The infamous issue became the basis for the seminal 1925 anthology The New Negro, which marked a shift from a focus on Black bodies to Black consciousness and Black thought.

The following year, a collective of young, black, and some queer artists would write, design, and self-publish FIRE!!, a publication devoted to younger Negro artists. FIRE!! was conceived by Langston Hughes and Bruce Nugent, both of who had work featured in The New Negro. They enlisted Wallace Thurman to edit the publication, and commissioned other black artists to contribute to its pages. The magazine’s varied content contained diverse genres, including essay, design, illustration, plays, and poetry. Tragically, the headquarters of FIRE!! burned down after the completion of the first issue, but not before its content made equally fiery controversy.

Silas Munro is a partner of Polymode, a bi-coastal design studio in the U.S. He creates poetic, and research-informed design with clients in the cultural sphere, and with community-based organizations, including Mark Bradford, MoMA, and The New Museum. Munro’s writing appears in Eye, Slanted, and W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America. He has been a visiting critic at MICA, RISD, and Yale University. Munro is an Associate Professor at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and Advisor, and Chair Emeritus at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Publishing as Queer Praxis: Lesbian Feminist Infrastructures
Cait McKinney
30 Sep 2020, 19h (EET)

In this book talk drawn form Information Activism: A Queer History of Lesbian Media Technologies (Duke, 2020), I outline how lesbian feminists in the U.S. and Canada approached publishing as an information practice key to establishing a foundation for their movements, and building more livable lives for lesbians. Focusing on newsletters, bibliographies and indexes, I show how activists created and circulating information as a world-making process when access to information was otherwise precarious.

Cait McKinney is Assistant Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University, the author of Information Activism: A Queer History of Lesbian Media Technologies (Duke, 2020), and coeditor of Inside Killjoy’s Kastle: Dykey Ghosts, Feminist Monsters, and other Lesbian Hauntings (UBC, 2019). McKinney is interested in how queer social movements use digital technologies to build alternative information infrastructures. Their current research is on activist responses to early online content regulations; the intertwined histories of AIDS Activism and digital technologies; and the ways sexuality has been used to explain data and databases since the mid 20th century.