[-empyre-] creative interventions in the borderlands
naxsmash at mac.com
Fri Jun 6 14:33:19 EST 2008
Lotu5, please tell more about the clown project at the TJ/SD border!
I remember your group performing when I was attending the Political
Equator conference last November, and we walked along the footpaths
and spiralling staircase into the border crossing in and out of Mexico/
US at San isidro.
What was it like when you were working with people not 'us' meaning
the conference participants-- being too much the obvious observer /
participant I couldn't really abstract our presences from your clown
actions, i mean we the artists and wirters there were special
audience-- what about times when this wasnt the case, and in
I particularly responate to this insight of yours about pleasure in
the resistance-- about the desiring part and the pleasuring part- the
play part. It always seems like such a temptation to get so serious
and announce the death of something, like the image, or theatre, or
street performance, or public space, you know what i mean--
when in fact everything keeps bursting out of its own seams, it seems
rather-- that profusion and confusion and even delight in this is the
order (if you'll pardon the oxymoron) of the day.
On Jun 1, 2008, at 2:32 PM, lotu5 wrote:
> 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
> 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
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> empyre forum
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