[-empyre-] creative interventions in the borderlands

Irina Contreras poopstarr at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 4 02:58:54 EST 2008

is it really supposed to be over?
thanks for yer sexy sharing!

--- On Sun, 6/1/08, lotu5 <lotu5 at resist.ca> wrote:

> From: lotu5 <lotu5 at resist.ca>
> Subject: [-empyre-] creative interventions in the borderlands
> To: "soft_skinned_space" <empyre at lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au>
> Date: Sunday, June 1, 2008, 2:32 PM
> Ah damn, its june 1st, so I guess this month's awesome
> topic is over. It 
> looks like you all had a lively discussion. I was hoping to
> have the 
> time during this month to join the discussion, but thesis
> writing took 
> all of my attention. Sorry for the very late intervention!
> If I had had time, I would've written something about
> the projects I've 
> been working on, namely Sharing is Sexy [
> http://sharingissexy.org ] , 
> which is a queer open source porn laboratory, which I see
> as a creative 
> form of biopolitical resistance to control over bodies
> through the free 
> proliferation of images of new genders and sexualities and
> through 
> community building online and offline.
> If I had more time, I would've also written about the
> Boredom Patrol of 
> the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army [
> http://circasd.org and 
> http://youtube.com/lotu5 ] , which I was a part of, and our
> use of 
> imagination and the figure of the clown as a way to disrupt
> and subvert 
> the plane of conflict created by the network of
> anti-immigrant forces 
> around the San Diego / Tijuana border, including
> paramilitaries like the 
> Minutemen, but also ICE, police, etc.
> The basis for these projects has been, in my opinion, to
> find a way to 
> use desire and pleasure as a basis for political struggle,
> to find 
> methods of resistance which fulfill our desires instead of
> always 
> draining our energies.
> One of the main forms of "intervention" that
> these projects use is 
> online public space, on YouTube or in porn, as a way of
> interjecting 
> some disturbance into the massive flows of media already
> occurring 
> there, trying to go to where people's attention already
> is focused. 
> Although the Boredom Patrol's intervention also occurs
> in physical 
> spaces where the Minutemen are.
> Both of these projects have also been presented in various
> artistic 
> contexts, at universities, in galleries and in artistic
> publications and 
> events.
> I have great respect for many of the groups and people
> who've posted 
> this month, and I hope to be able to revisit the discussion
> in the near 
> future.
> If you have any questions, or ties to the discussion,
> I'm happy to respond!
> thanks,
>    lotu5
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