Sunday, November 7, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
I thought about this a lot last semester while I worked on a paper about Muslim Americans in the public school system. These students have to define and then redefine their identity in every situation. And these decisions are often very visible, for example the simple matter of how to dress. There are intense pressures on students from both their families and their peers in school.
The decisions these students make which affect their identity include sexuality, but also include choices about the language they speak, their religious practices, their social habits, the food they eat, the list goes on and on.
I just think it's incredible how many of our personal choices can affect the way other people view us and what labels are assigned to us.
I also read about how teachers should respectfully talk about LGBT issues in the classroom to reduce homophobia in the classroom... but in South Carolina that is pretty much ILLEGAL to do.
And I would really like to redesign this blog to make it prettier but I should probably do my homework.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Age of Testosterone comes to end in Iceland
excerpt: No one doubts that there is a gender revolution under way, and not just because Ms Sigurdardottir, 66, is the world's first openly gay Prime Minister. “If you crash the economy,” declared an irreverent Icelandic blogger, “the lesbians take over”.
After the Crash, Icelands Women Lead the Rescue
This article mentions a "Bjork fund" created by two Icelandic women running a large financial firm.
This is a quote from an interview with Sigurdardottir:
Your government is 50 per cent female. Is equality important to your vision for Iceland?
Definitely! My long experience in politics tells me that egalitarian policies are the best way to unite and empower people, and are also a necessary counterweight to the sometimes dividing and detrimental influence of market forces. A society that does not use the intellectual power of its female population fully is not a wise society. Women are now the majority of students in the Icelandic universities, and 43 per cent of our MPs.
We have to use all our resources to bounce back from the recession and we expect women to take their full part in the new era. Most women are not as tainted by mistakes in the conduct of the economy as the male population, and now they deserve an opportunity. We are determined to achieve gender equality in the political sphere but, unfortunately, the corporate side is still lacking. This is odd, because international research shows that companies with a sound gender policy are better run and more profitable than male-dominated companies. We are prepared to introduce legislation that would actively encourage the private sector to adopt a wiser and more effective gender policy.
By the way, it's not a coincidence that the World Economic Forum recently ranked Iceland first in its annual, 134-country survey of gender equality, followed closely by Norway, Finland and Sweden. We would like to keep that position!
This is what horses look like in Iceland:
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Workshops to take place at the Women's and Gender Studies Office: 7 College Way, College of Charleston (Next to Physicians Auditorium)
Music, Art Show, et cetera to take place at the Outer Space: 623A Meeting St.
6:00 - Art as Activism Workshop
7:00 - Why Queer? Workshop
8:00 - Who Wears the Cock? Workshop
7:00 - LGBTQ Health Issues Workshop
8:00 - The Tree of Inequality: Intersectionality and GLBTQQI Youth Organizing Workshop
5:30 - Queer Warriors Parade (Meet at the gazebo at Hampton Park)
8:00-11:00 - The Queer Show- An art show featuring artists working in time-based media exploring queer identities/experiences.
12:00 - "Queers With Gears" Midnight Mystery Bike Ride meet-up location TBA
1:00 - Queer Consent Workshop
2:00 - Feminism, Creativity, and Queerness Workshop
3:00 - Queering Society Through Language Workshop
9:00 - QueerFest Music Show
DJ Psychic Handbook
DJ Party Dad
DJ Wigdan Giddy
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Title: Art as Activism. Time: Wednesday 6 pm
Summary: An informational workshop about how art can act as a tool of activism. The workshop leader hopes to inspire some dialogue about how art and activism intersect. She will also highlight what is happening in Charleston and in the outside world.
Title: Why Queer? Time: Wednesday 7 pm.
Summary: This workshop will delve into an analysis of both sexuality and gender, discussing the ways in which they are inextricably conjoined and how these aspects of the human experience are shaped by cultural attitudes. The workshop leader will discuss the construction of sexuality and gender, and methods of deconstruction from individual experiences. In a discussion format, the group will analyze the false limitations placed on gender and sexuality.
Carter Girlardo and Tara Dunn
Title: Gender Theory Time: Wednesday. 8 pm
Summary: The motivation of this workshop is to tackle the concept of gendered roles in society, specifically within relationships. The discussion material will include the concept of gender identity (especially when contrasted with another person), gender identifications from the outside in (how the view of others affects one's own identity) and sexual roles in and out of relationships. The goal is to move from a subjective and introspective understanding of gender (how one views oneself), to an objective and extrospective view (the gaze of others) and finally to a reflective and more comparative conception of gender as a role-playing, relating and co-operating being. In other words, I'm queer, what queer means, and queer sex/relationships.
This workshop will be lead by a group of MUSC students, facilitated by Courtney Abrams.
Time: Thursday 8 pm.
Title: LGBTQ Health Issues Time: Thursday 7 pm
Summary: All too often, GLBTQ consumers fall through the cracks of the health care system, in large part due to a lack of understanding by both doctor and patient. In this workshop, medical students from the MUSC Gay-Straight Alliance discuss key health issues specific to the GLBTQ population, and how to address potential misunderstandings in the doctor-patient relationship.
Title: The Tree of Inequality: Intersectionality and GLBTQQI Youth Organizing
Time: Thursday 8 pm.
Summary: This is an interactive workshop, which teaches intersectionality as a best tool for organizing. Queer organizing provides unique opportunities to span the lines of race, class, gender, and all other categories that tend to divide communities, as queer people come in all shapes, sizes, and variations. The first half of the training will incorporate music and diagrams together to form an audio-visual representation of intersectionality. The second half will include an interactive strategic planning session.
Title: Queer Consent Time: Saturday 1 pm
Summary: In this discussion-based workshop, participants will explore the nature of consent in all relationships, both sexual and non-sexual, and how the issue of consent relates to queer identity. Participants are encouraged to bring their experiences, ideas, and questions.
Summary: This workshop will be focused on using feminist theory to explore the value of creativity and the extent to which creativity can be implicated into our lives (queerness). It will explore the ability of feminism to open avenues for creativity in topics such as gender roles, sexuality, and relationships. In essence; explicating how creativity and queerness are synonymous in that they both imply breaking boundaries constructed by a patriarchal society. Being queer is living creatively is being a feminist.
Title: Queering Society Through Language Time: Saturday 3 pm
Summary: Spanish is a highly gendered language with two options: masculine or feminine. But the LGBTQQ Community in Latin America, particularly Chile, is breaking these gender binaries via language usage and purposely not distinguishing between masculine and feminine subjects, adjectives, etc. What does this mean for Chilean society? Could the social effects of this queer linguistic activism end sexism, conservatism and sexual discrimination? With regards to the transsexual/transgender community who identify themselves as men trapped inside womens bodies and vice versa, will this gender neutral usage help or hinder their cause? We will discuss the possibilities of this language change and queer activism in general in an international setting.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
So lets talk some philosophical/political/legal/aesthetic/sexual/esoteric theory.
If you are reading the Charleston Women's Collective blog, you will probably enjoy coming to hang out with me and us wednesday evenings at 6pm. I kind of want to talk about Ancient Greek philosophy this wednesday. Try and stop me. I dare you.
Outer Space is at 623 Meeting St, on your left as you head north, inside the gnarly barbwire fence, the white building on your left as you pull in.
P.S. I need women's collective presence at this thing. You guys are like grizzled veteran discussioners.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
April 16th and 17th
Workshops throughout the week prior (Schedule TBA)
Androgyny and Alchemy
Feminism, Creativity, and Queerness
Art as Activism
Practicing Good Consent
LGBTQQ Youth Activism & Organizing
LGBTQ Health Issues
5:30: Queer Warriors Parade (contact Chantelle Lebeau for info!)
7:00-10:00: The Queer Show- An art show featuring artists working in time-based media exploring queer identities/experiences.
12:00: "Queers With Gears" Midnight Mystery Bike Ride meet-up location TBA
9:00 - QueerFest Music Show
Short Shorts (www.myspace.com/shortshortsworld)
Psychic Handbook (http://www.myspace.com/psychichandbook)
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Also, look for her unforgettably sexy face on the cover of the first issue of PocketSmut, which will be available at QueerFest, which you should attend.
Did I mention that I love my life?
Monday, March 8, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
For the purposes of this show, we are defining Queer not necessarily as a sexual orientation, but as an approach to sexuality, a philosophy regarding the process of sexuality—its fluidity, its gray areas, the ways we experience it, engage with it, create it, reclaim it, the way we interpret our own and other people’s sexualities, and how all of that has so much to do with our everyday lives and our identities. You can be heterosexual and queer. Gender is quite relevant to this topic as well. Think about binaries, social constructions, methods of deconstruction, playfulness and creativity, sexuality as process, subversion, deliberateness, identity and experience. Your piece might be self-reflective, analytical, or abstract. As long as you are actively and honestly engaging with queerness/queer sexuality, you are headed in the right direction.
Time Based Art
Some definitions I found online:
“art works that are sequenced through time, that change as we view them, and that may be ephemeral (eg video, kinetic sculpture, performance works).”
"Any data that changes meaningfully with respect to time can be characterized as time-based media. A key characteristic of time-based media is that it requires timely delivery and processing. Once the flow of media data begins, there are strict timing deadlines that must be met, both in terms of receiving and presenting the data. For this reason, time-based media is often referred to as streaming media -- it is delivered in a steady stream that must be received and processed within a particular time frame to produce acceptable results." (This is a very strict definition. Don’t take it too seriously.)
"Time-based media is a term used to refer to works of art which are dependent on technology and have duration as a dimension. Artists make very specific decisions in their choice of media and the way in which their work is presented. Specific display equipment might be important because of a particular quality of sound or image it creates, or because the artist has made conceptual links between a particular item of equipment and the meaning of the work. Specific technology places a work at a particular point in history and may convey ideas about the spirit in which the work was made." (For our show, your piece does not have to be dependent on technology. At all. Technology not necessary.)
“I see it as a way to be more inclusive. In many ways we are still stuck on divisions between art forms, but terms like theatre, dance, film, and sculpture are less and less applicable in contemporary art. "Time-based art" is another way of describing art that allows a larger scope but still makes a distinction...a different one not based on form or technique alone. It allows us to experience diverse and hybrid forms as part of a whole, in relation to one another. It's also a great way to bring disparate art communities together and facilitate personal experimentation.”
"Q: Will you start by defining Time-Based Art?
A: I have to answer that question by talking about why I don’t love the term, at least for the kind of work we’re discussing. If we’re talking about works that unfold over time—wouldn’t an Alexander Calder mobile fall in that category? It can’t be experienced properly unless it’s seen as it moves over a period of time. For that matter, the Hirshhorn had a major retrospective of Anne Truitt’s work recently. One thing that struck me was a wall text that talked about the necessity of viewing her sculptures from all sides in order to really understand them. You couldn’t get the full impact of the pieces unless you walked around them to see how the colors changed and unfolded as your perspective changed. If that’s not “time-based,” I don’t know what is."
Any art that has a beginning and an end is "time-based."
This is a link to a Time-Based Arts festival in Portland Oregon. If you sift through their site you’ll get a better idea of what TBA is.http://www.pica.org/tba/
This site is also helpful and has an online gallery.
Less confused? Good! More confused? That's okay! Go make some art!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Due: March 18th
Digital Format Only
E-mail all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Queer Show: A show featuring artists working in time-based media exploring queerness and the complexity and creativity of queer experience and identity. Queer does not necessarily mean non-heterosexual.
Time-Based Art: Work that is dependent upon time for the completion of the experience. Potential mediums include performance art, contemporary dance, video art, film, kinetic sculpture, installation, sound, noise.
Send us your proposal, a short artist’s statement, and any supporting images.
More information to be posted here very soon...