When contemplating the future of the gay bar in our current moment of physical distancing and uncertainty, multimedia artist Joseph Liatela (@josephliatela) seeks to imagine how queer people may re-enter, re-imagine, and re-configure the socially, culturally, and politically meaningful, as well as complex space. Join us this evening (11/18) 4- 5:30 pm ECT for the screening of Liatela’s new work VITAL RESPONSE followed by a conversation between artist and curator and scholar Jeanne Vaccaro (@whateverjeanne ).
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VITAL RESPONSE (2020) is a video work that seeks to re-imagine the future of the cultural, historical, and political space of the queer bar. Drawing from the writings of José Esteban Muñoz’s essay “Stages: Queers, Punks, and the Utopian Performative”, in which he describes the empty stage at a gay bar as a utopic space embued with queer potentiality, this project seeks to inspire hope in reminding queer people that there is still a dancefloor waiting for you, for us, in the not so distant future.
Joseph Liatela (@josephliatela) for a screening. RSVP via the link in our profile! Joseph Liatela is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York City. Through a transgender lens, his work explores the institutional, cultural, and medico-legal notions of what is considered a “complete” or “correct” bodily formation. Using performance, sculpture, and video, he makes work that examines issues of embodiment, biopolitics, gender representation, and questions of authenticity.
Remote Intimacies is a series of experimental performances created specifically for online viewing and commissioned and co-organized by the ONE Archives at USC Libraries (@onearchives) and the Museum.