[-empyre-] Welcome to Week 2: Kathy High and Lindsay Kelley

Nina Galin nina.galin at gmail.com
Thu Feb 16 04:52:44 AEDT 2017

Dear colleagues and perhaps future friends,

I have been "lurking" around these discussions, on and off, for the last
few years. I am a body-based artist (dance, theater, performance,
somatics), educator and therapist, working outside of any institution since
I completed my Performance Studies PhD in 2012.  I am based in Santa Rosa,
northern California, U.S. Sue Hawksley introduced me to empyre.

I just want to thank Byron, Renate, Kathy and Lindsay for humor and irony!
in particular as a U.S citizen I feel the healing and sustaining effects of
your uses of wit, humor and irony in response to our horrifying and
disgusting political situation. Indeed, friendship and collaboration are at
the heart of my/our survival. Thank you for persevering in what you all do,
and I hope to be able to connect with you in months and years to come.

Nina Galin


On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM, Renate Terese Ferro <rferro at cornell.edu>

> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
> Dear Kathy and Lindsay,
> I am at College Art Association with what is incredibly spotty wifi but
> I’m going to make this rather short response in hopes that you both write
> back today.  Yes, friendship and networking, I agree that the
> lab/kitchen/site of production, process and thinking about all things
> biological/art/politics as Kathy reminds url is at the heart of inspiration
> and activism.  The limited but rich history I referred to in my initial
> introductions makes me realize how important -empyre- is in making
> connections across the globe and for keeping an archive of those
> interactions.   Please Kathy and Lindsay include more links to your work
> and your writings so that they will be a part of our archive. What a rich
> resource for all of us.
> Can I ask you both in light of the Trumpian environment that we find the
> world in (how can one man affect the balance of global security and peace,
> the environment, the financial systems, and general trust of the world in
> just a few weeks?) to comment about irony and humor.  We introduced this
> thread just a few days before with Byron. I was curious what you both
> throught about how these tactics intersected with your own work and how it
> is received.  So much to talk about here I am thrilled but will will pick
> up when I return in the afternoon.
> Thanks for starting the week out with so much to think about.
> Will check back in a few hours.  Renate
> On 2/15/17, 1:18 AM, "empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au on
> behalf of Lindsay Kelley" <empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au on
> behalf of l.kelley at unsw.edu.au> wrote:
> >----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
> >Dear Renate,
> >
> >Thank you for inviting me to this discussion.
> >
> >Your introduction, your reflections on Beatriz da Costa's work, and my
> pairing with Kathy all remind me of Donna Haraway's remark that
> "interdisciplinary work requires great friendships" (Haraway & Goodeve
> 2000:126). Katie King also elaborates on "networks of friendship" and the
> ways in which friendships facilitate our thinking and making. I'm
> absolutely with Donna and Katie on this point--without friendship, there
> would be far fewer collaborations across worlds and disciplines. Friendship
> with Kathy, Donna, Katie, and Beatriz--all of this really matters.
> >
> >I am in Sydney at the moment, working on a new project about
> cookies/biscuits/wheat and the nutritional landscape of colonial violence.
> A bunch of things keep me up at night, but special mention would go to
> headlines like "Milk is the new, creamy symbol of white racial purity in
> Donald Trump's America" (https://mic.com/articles/168188/milk-nazis-white-
> supremacists-creamy-pseudo-science-trump-shia-labeouf)--containing this
> gem about lactose tolerance: "Some white supremacists think white ethnic
> identity has a geographic, historical correlation with the body's tolerance
> for milk." I think a lot about how trouble with tolerance in the way that
> Isabel Stengers articulates it may or may not intersect with digestive
> tolerances, and if anticolonial ingestions and indigestions might produce a
> new kind of food politics.
> >
> >Before my biscuit obsession, I wrote a book called Bioart Kitchen that
> argues for an expansive, even wacky history of bioart. I mostly write, but
> I make stuff too, which often takes the form of tasting events. I did one
> about humanitarian aid survival foods, one about tube feeding, and a few
> about Anzac biscuits, asking what national identity tastes like. I'm hoping
> to do something with fry bread in 2018.
> >
> >I'm really excited to be paired up with Kathy! We had a fun time at an
> event Astrida Neimanis organized last year called "Hacking the
> Anthropocene," where she exhibited her "Waste Matters" work at a satellite
> exhibition with Perdita Phillips that we privately dubbed "Poo Circus." I
> had a cocktail on hand called "Faecal Attraction": kahlua, cold brew
> coffee, Benefiber, corn kernels, and chocolate ice cream floaters.
> >
> >Seems like a good note to end on.
> >
> >More anon,
> >
> >Lindsay
> >
> >------------
> >Lindsay Kelley
> >Lecturer
> >
> >UNSW Art & Design
> >UNSW Sydney
> >
> >Paddington Campus
> >Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd,
> >Paddington, NSW 2021
> >Australia
> >E:  l.kelley at unsw.edu.au
> >
> >Bioart Kitchen http://goo.gl/SJRdFn
> >@bioartkitchen
> >@extremebaking
> >
> >
> >I pay my respects and acknowledgments to all Traditional Custodians on
> whose land I live, work and travel through.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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