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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 Be’s GenderFail project.




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 exemplary 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.