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I was invited to curate an installation for Queer.Archive.Work for Providence Prints, an exhibition at Providence College Galleries, curated by Jamilee Lacy. The show demonstrates “how artists and the printing presses they run use specific visual languages—especially those speaking with type, color, repetition, and ornamentation—to tell stories of a diverse and politically active artist community in Providence.” We were given a brightly painted 21 ft.-long table to display a selection from the QAW Library, and I selected only items that were printed at the Binch/QAW studio or elsewhere in Rhode Island. Tycho Horan installed the exhibition and is seen in the photo giving an artists’ talk at the exhibition opening. The show is installed through March 2023.

I was invited by AIGA Los Angeles to create a 2-week online workshop with MJ Balvanera, resulting in a collaborative risograph publication to be produced in Providence and Mexico City, and distributed from Los Angeles. “work/less workshop” took place over 8 days (October 2–9, 2021) with 20 participants, who allowed us to interrupt their work-week with prompts for spontaneous creating, generating creative “non-work” that challenged normative expectations around time, labor, and career. The publication is in production and will be ready by the end of 2021.

QUEERS, READ THIS! looks at contemporary artists, independent publishers, and collectives that use printed matter as a practice of 21st century liberation and resistance. Compiled into an interactive reference library and archive, the editions included explore topics ranging from Queerness, LGBTQIA+ rights, Trans identity, gender, race, and politics.” Several Queer.Archive.Work publications designed and edited by me are featuring in this exhibition at VAE Raleigh in North Carolina (October 19–December 17, 2021), curated by Ant M Lobo-Ladd (image: VAE).

APRIA, a peer-reviewed journal based in Arnhem, Netherlands, invited me to contribute to their special Urgent Publishing issue, edited by Miriam Rasch and Nishant Shah and launched in October 2021. Other contributors in the issue are Florian Cramer, Labor Neunzehn, and Miriam Rasch.

Print Mag interviewed me about WHAT IS QUEER TYPOGRAPHY?

“The brief rainbow-ification of corporate logos and merchandise every June left us wondering what a more radical vision of queer design would look like. That’s why Paul Soulellis’s zine, ‘What Is Queer Typography?,’ caught our eye. Soulellis is an associate professor of graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design and the director of a nonprofit publishing studio and residency called Queer.Archive.Work that provides space and resources to artists for print projects.”

I’m participating in the 2021 Design History Society Annual Conference, “Memory Full? Reimagining the Relations Between Design and History” (September 2–4, 2021). My short talk on urgent publishing during crisis will be delivered during session #23 “Imagining Other Futures: Historical Interrogation and Radical Publishing,” organized and chaired by Aggie Toppins, on September 4, 3:00PM. Also on our panel: Jessica Barness (Kent State), Jason Alejandro (The College of NJ), and Laura Rossi Garcia (DePaul University).

Eva_script (2016) is a collaborative textual work that I created with Sal Randolph and David Richardson in the spaces of Eva Hesse’s former apartment in New York City. It’s now published by dispersed holdings in their new book Reading Room, edited by David Richardson, and printed in a first edition of 300 in 2020. Reading Room collects essays and visual projects about the practice of reading and documents the reading residency series hosted by dispersed holdings in the fall of 2016. Included in The Brooklyn Rail’s20 Best Art Books of 2020.”

Queer.Archive.Work and Library of the Printed Web publications are included in “TITLE TBD” at Reinberger Gallery at The Cleveland Institute of Art (August 20–October 4, 2020), curated by Meghana Karnik. Abstract Browsing, Queer.Archive.Work #1, Queer.Archive.Work #3, Urgency Reader 1, and 25 from Urgency Reader 2 are included as part of the GenderFail Archive Project, organized by Be Oakley.

25 from Urgency Reader 2 sold out at the Brooklyn Art Book Fair, including copies going to the libraries at The Whitney and The Met in NYC. Hyperallergic did a write-up and included a photo of our collective work and a nice little mention. This was a special edition of 25 prints and zines that I printed for the fair, to raise funds for The Marsha P. Johnson Institute and Queer.Archive.Work’s artist residency program (and to get the collective work out into more hands, of course). After BKABF deducted its commission I received $748, so $374 was donated to each cause.

I completed the ten-day course “Queer Theory Rewilded,” taught by Jack Halberstam, Tavia Nyong’o, and Damon Young (June 14–24), organized by The Institute of Speculative and Critical Inquiry in Berkeley, CA. I posted notes and readings here.

I was invited to speak with The Brooklyn Rail on The New Social Environment, a daily zoomcast they started during the COVID-19 shutdown. Recorded on May 11, 2020, I was interviewed by Megan N. Liberty, and we had a conversation about urgent practice, mutual aid publishing during crisis, and Queer.Archive.Work.

Urgency Reader 2: Mutual Aid Publishing During Crisis gathers work made during the COVID-19 shutdown from over 100 contributors, assembled in March–April 2020. A small edition was risograph printed at Queer.Archive.Work, a copy was scanned, and it’s now available for free download.

Be Oakley’s contribution to QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK 1 is featured in the January 2020 issue of Vogue Italia, part of a full-spread profile on queer publishing.

I was so happy to find Future Pleasures in The Wendy’s Subway Reading Room at MoMA (NYC). The book is a collection of queer and trans poc sci-fi fantasy erotica by @dexgenerate, @unfairerskinned, @theholyhawkmoth, and Rin Kim, curated and designed by Rin Kim, and printed and published as part of QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK #3. The installation is up through August 31, 2020 (Floor 2, Creativity Lab).

I’m the recipient of a $5,000 Design Innovation Grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts in their FY20 Fall Cycle. The grant is to help fund the next issue of QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK. The full list of RISCA recipients is here, including Marcella Green, Brian Chippendale, Walker Mettling, Sheida Soleimani, many others.

I was recently interviewed about Library of the Printed Web for a new book, Speculations: Beyond Human-Centric Design, published by BNN Japan, 2019. The book is an index of 99 design research projects, with my work appearing in the Next-Network section, grouped into an Archive sub-section along with The Serving Library, AAAARG/The Public School, All Possible Futures, and A Museum for Collective Memory.

I recently issued an open call to see how fast I could assemble, print, bind, and publish a collection of work around these themes: ⊹urgency, ⊹craft ⊹queerness ⊹gender ⊹transformation ⊹kinship ⊹race ⊹survival ⊹post-apocalyptic practice ⊹futurity ⊹pedagogy ⊹surveillance capitalism ⊹death of capital ⊹radical publishing ⊹decolonization ⊹augmentation ⊹resistance ⊹sci-fi ⊹collective care ⊹joy. It’s an experiment in call and response that has me scrambling to give form to a remarkable collection of texts that suddenly appeared out of nowhere. Urgency Reader launches on December 6 at Odds and Ends Art Book Fair at Yale University Art Gallery.

This fascinating article “Unruly Gestures: Seven Cine-Paragraphs on Reading/Writing Practices in our Post-Digital Condition” by Janneke Adema and Kamila Kuc features an early printed web work that I published in 2013. It appears in Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research (Volume 11, issue 1, 2019), published by Linköping Universty, Sweden.

This summer, I’m editing and producing QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK #3, launching at Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair September 19–22. It’ll be one of several single publications featured as special installations in the dome at MoMA PS1. QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK #3 contributors: arthur katrina, Autumn Knight, Daedalus Li, Kelsey Sucena, Kirslyn Schell-Smith, Lucas LaRochelle, Malcolm Rio, Olive Godlee, Parker Bright, Qualeasha Wood, Rin Kim (with Malachi the Moth, Candex Louie, and Bri), Ron Morrison, Sheida Soleimani, Shiv Kotecha, Sophia Le Fraga.

I did a lot of writing in the last 12 months, and now it’s all available—find my essays in four new books published by MIT Press, VAC Foundation, GenderFail, and Rhizome/New Museum.

I’m speaking at “The Conference: Exploring Complexity in a Digital World” in Malmö, Sweden August 27–28, 2019 (video).

I’m presenting “URGENTCRAFT” at the Eyeo Festival June 3–6, 2019. This will be my first time at Eyeo!

QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK is reviewed by Danielle St-Amour in C Magazine, Issue 141 “Graphic Design” Spring 2019 [I think this is one of the most thoughtful and considered texts every written about my work; thank you Danielle]

I’m doing two talks in the NYC area at the end of March: the Parsons Communication Design Series (March 25, 5:00PM) and Stevens Institute of Technology (March 26, 5:30PM).

I’m participating in Queering the Collection: Conversation and Book Launch at the International Center of Photography in NYC, March 24, 2019 at 3pm.

An “Urgent Publishing Workshop” will happen at Interrupt V at Brown University, February 8, 2019 at 1:30pm.

I’m launching QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK 2 (1923 INTERNET ARCHIVE EDITION) on January 25, 2019 as a special edition of 100 copies, distributed in a reading room at the Internet Archive in San Francisco. This second edition of QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK is a newsprint publication and set of risograph prints that focuses on lesser-known material from 1923—including rare, historical LGBTQ content that has been digitized for the first time. This publication is being produced while I’m artist-in-residence at the Internet Archive for January 2019, and is part of the Archive’s celebration of the newly-expanded public domain.

I’ll give the talk “Publishing as Practice as Resistance” on January 24, 2019 at California College of the Arts (10am at the CCA Writing Studio at 195 DeHaro Street, San Francisco).

QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK featured in AIGA Eye on Design magazine, December 2018.

I’m in awesome company teaching at Image Text Ithaca next summer. Applications are open until February 1.

I’ll be an artist-in-residence at the Internet Archive from January 7–26, 2019. I’m using my time there to begin work on QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK #2. I’ll also explore their newly available public domain content from 1923, searching for queer material to be exhibited at the Archive, and for possible inclusion in #2. If you’re an artist / writer / educator using queer methodologies in your practice and would like to meet-up while I’m in town—please reach out!

I’m presenting my work and participating in a panel discussion on offline media dissemination at Art Basel Miami, part of Prada Mode Miami at the Freehand, Miami Beach, December 6, 2018 at 2pm.

Open Set Summer School, Rotterdam, NL (2016)

I will participate in the NY Tech Zine Fair at School for Poetic Computation, NYC on Saturday, December 1, 2018. The remaining 60 copies of QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK will be available for purchase as v1.1, featuring a new manuscript by Allison Parrish. During the fair, I’ll conduct a workshop titled “URGENCY LAB / a one-hour publishing workshop.”

I will give a talk at Boston University School of Visual Arts on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 5:00pm.

QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK is a new series edited and published by Paul Soulellis, featuring new work by Jack Halberstam, Nora N. Khan, American Artist, Somnath Bhatt, Nicole Killian, Nate Pyper, shawné michaelain holloway, Unity Press, Be Oakley, Sal Randolph, Porpentine Charity Heartscape, and Demian DinéYazhi´. The publication is urgent, messy, and future-looking, and the first in a new series. It includes a small collection of print-on-demand and risograph zines and prints, a “loose assembling” of queer methodologies, with a particular view towards network culture, failure, and refutation. QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK #1 is available at the Boston Art Book Fair, October 12–14, where Soulellis will give the talk “Publishing as Practice as Resistance,” 1pm, Saturday, October 13.

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