[-empyre-] Welcome to Week 2: Kathy High and Lindsay Kelley
kittyhigh at earthlink.net
Thu Feb 16 11:49:02 AEDT 2017
I, too am a lurker so welcome!!
Please feel free to continue to happily lurk
And/or we would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about laughter,
friendship and heart based works!
What are you working on and what inspired you!?
I have been deeply inspired by the work of Heather Dewey Hagborg, for
example, and her collaboration with Chelsea Manning! Heather was introduced
to Chelsea (in prison) by Chelsea¹s lawyers.
Chelsea¹s lawyers came to Heather to ask her to make a DNA based ³profile²
portrait of Chelsea as the public was not allowed access to any images of
Chelsea while she as in jail meaning no one had witnessed her transition
through her transgendered transition from male to female. The work isn¹t
humorous per se but it is ironic that Heather made this portrait that is
base don biosurveillance for a general public allowing the ³she² Chelsea
to exist! Please see http://deweyhagborg.com/projects/radical-love and also
This project was all done before the Obama pardon of Chelsea Manning which
just made it all the better pointing to the fact that (just) perhaps art
can make a change in world events!
Nina, I/we look forward to hearing your ideas and speculate proposals for
Many thanks, Kathy
From: <empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au> on behalf of Nina Galin
<nina.galin at gmail.com>
Reply-To: soft_skinned_space <empyre at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au>
Date: Wednesday, 15 February 2017 at 12:52 PM
To: soft_skinned_space <empyre at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au>
Subject: Re: [-empyre-] Welcome to Week 2: Kathy High and Lindsay Kelley
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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.
On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM, Renate Terese Ferro <rferro at cornell.edu>
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> Dear Kathy and Lindsay,
> I am at College Art Association with what is incredibly spotty wifi but I¹m
> 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
> 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:
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>> >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"
>> 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 Kelley
>> >UNSW Art & Design
>> >UNSW Sydney
>> >Paddington Campus
>> >Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd,
>> >Paddington, NSW 2021
>> >E: l.kelley at unsw.edu.au
>> >Bioart Kitchen http://goo.gl/SJRdFn
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>> >I pay my respects and acknowledgments to all Traditional Custodians on whose
>> land I live, work and travel through.
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