The word work is appropriate here because keeping the project active requires labor. It’s not about a fixed presentation of materials but an emphasis on movement, circulation, and an active reworking of ideas around and against each other. By bringing work to the surface the publication’s contributors are acknowledged as cultural producers, giving shape to this publication, and the work of the public that emerges from the circulation of a project like this. And today, our work together will enact these ideas as public discourse.
How might we work right now to extend QUEER . ARCHIVE . WORK into a real-time publishing event, here at INTERRUPT V, in this studio, on these wood panels? This is where we will make our work public. We’ll scan this WOOD PANEL ZINE and post it online, but the ideas that we discuss today will be immediately public in physical space, seen right now, for the remainder of the conference.
1. Choose one or more sheets containing language that resonates for you
2. Using the language as your starting point, respond by writing, drawing, collaging, folding, cutting, and/or doing anything else to extend and expand the idea(s) on the sheets
3. You may choose to include your name (or not) on your sheet(s)
4. Work collectively to display your sheet(s) together on the wood panels
5. Use the paint sticks to draw and annotate on the panels, however you see fit
5. PS & AO will scan/photograph your collective WOOD PANEL ZINE and post it on this website; feel free to circulate your own images, too
Language by Nora N. Khan, Jack Halberstam, Demian DinéYazhi´, American Artist, Be Oakley, Nicole Killian, Somnath Bhatt, Paul Soulellis, Nate Pyper, shawné michaelain holloway, Unity Press, Sal Randolph, Allison Parrish, Sutton E. Griggs (1872–1933), Elsa Gidlow (1898–1986), Emma Goldman (1869–1940), and Jean Toomer (1894–1967) borrowed from QUEER . ARCHIVE . WORK issues 1 & 2:
📄 That low-down, murky place where we store who we are.
📄 We’re stronger in contamination, with our hands in the clay.
📄 It is time to turn to the language of unmaking, unbuilding, undoing.
📄 TEAR IT ALL DOWN
📄 but do not forget their language
📄 an infected sunset
📄 a practice of refusal
📄 a radical softness
📄 You know I’m your best performer
📄 SUBMERGED IN THE BOTTOMLESS ABUNDANCE
📄 non linear
📄 RESIST LEGIBILITY
📄 compulsory unknowing
📄 Information is the easiest resource to lose
📄 A VIEW AT THE END OF THE WORLD
📄 queer kinship
📄 draw your reflection
📄 What is closeness
📄 nonlinearity birthed me
📄 to all of us who want to finish off life as an orgasm
📄 Queer text is personal: mouth to ear, mouth to body, body to speech.
📄 the undercommons is a kind of break, between locating ourselves and dislocating ourselves
📄 PROSTHETIC POWER
📄 the possibility of a field
📄 HONESTY THAT CANNOT BE SHAKEN
📄 POSSESSION OF COURAGE
📄 A LOVE OF UNITY
📄 POSSESSION OF A SELF-CURATIVE CAPABILITY
📄 CURIOSITY THAT LEADS TO THE HABIT OF INQUIRY
📄 As an Anarchist, my place has ever been with the persecuted.
📄 I have slipped gay beads on it to hide the grey
📄 within this black hive to-night there swarm a million bees