[-empyre-] Situated body, Situated practices

Charles Eppley eppleyca at gmail.com
Thu Sep 12 08:04:35 AEST 2019


hi all ---

Chiming in (like Jaimes) for the first time. What a great dialogue already
- I've found myself using they/them in bio statements and am trying to
understand the meaning of that shift, in a number of senses. McKenzie, I've
seen you post about the techno/rave dysphoria angle in recent days, and
have been thinking about it a good deal. You're on point wrt identifying
techno as a site of resistance and existence -- as you noted too,
specifically and historically, Black resistance and existence... and there
is certainly a long history of music theorists, musicologists, critics,
whoever, that have framed raving as euphoria... but there is something
newly vital in that wiggly air re: techno as gender euphoria... and, in
tandem, the regaining control of a runaway EDM ship that prioritized the
corporate festival circuit/economy, cishets, and money over community,
spectacularity over accountability, etc. looking fwd to more of this
thread...

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On Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 1:11 PM warkk <WarkK at newschool.edu> wrote:

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> So enough about me.
>
> This is sort of how it works in my trans girl world: i have a big sister
> and she has a big sister
>
> -- but the big sister of us all is Sandy Stone. And i just want to sit at
> her (virtual feet).
>
> So Sandy:
> how has your thinking changed, or not, since The Empire Strikes Back: A
> Posttranssexual Manifesto?
>
> what do you think about the internet-spawned trans culture that sprang up,
> maybe mostly via tumblr?
>
> can you tell me a it about ageing? I just turned 58 and am already a
> middle aged woman...
>
> do you find resonances between the techniques for our bodies and for our
> ears? Sound and body technics?
>
> oh i have so much more, but just for a start...
>
> M
>
>
>
> On Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 11:56 AM warkk <WarkK at newschool.edu> wrote:
>
>> Thanks for those references. I don’t know that documentary. In the
>> overdeveloped world and perhaps elsewhere, all bodies, cis and trans, are
>> experiments held together by both technical experiments and aesthetic
>> experiments. Trans ppl don’t necessarily want to be seen as exceptional in
>> that regard. Personally we m in the Freak Pride camp, but a lot of
>> brothers, sisters and others just think of themselves as ordinary. The
>> right to be ordinary is also an important one. M
>>
>> On Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 1:38 AM isabelle arvers <iarvers at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
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>>> Hello everyone,
>>>
>>> I so much agree with what has just been said;)
>>> On the subject one of the most beautiful things I have heard so far is
>>> in Bixa Travesty documentary in which Mc Linn Da Quebrada says that our
>>> body is our own territory of experimentation;)
>>> also loved the idea of the documentary Sea Horse about the man who had a
>>> baby,
>>> Cheers
>>>
>>> Isabelle
>>>
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>>> http://www.isabellearvers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/animLogo.gif]
>>> <http://www.isabellearvers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/animLogo.gif>
>>> Isabelle Arvers
>>> Curator, art critic and artist
>>> Wattsap: +33 661 998 386
>>> http://www.isabellearvers.com
>>> Director of Kareron www.kareron.com
>>> https://www.facebook.com/ArtGamesWorldTour
>>> twitter: @zabarvers
>>> instagram.com/zabarvers
>>> youtube.com/zabarvers
>>> https://vimeo.com/isabellearvers
>>> Skype ID: iarvers
>>>
>>>
>>> Le mer. 11 sept. 2019 à 13:13, Jaimes Mayhew <jaimes.mayhew at gmail.com>
>>> a écrit :
>>>
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>>>> Hi everyone,
>>>> I have been in this listserve since 2008 and I can’t recall ever
>>>> posting, but I was inspired to share that seeing this conversation made my
>>>> heart swell. I am also transgender, and transitioned early in my career.
>>>>
>>>> I’m struck that just 15-20 years ago, seeing this kind of conversation
>>>> about trans* people on a list for art people seemed impossible. I’ve found
>>>> people who are trans* in every city I’ve lived in via social media as a way
>>>> to make friends and find allies. First Friendster, then MySpace and now
>>>> Facebook.
>>>>
>>>> McKenzie, I am a fan of your work, and was so excited to see you
>>>> present at CAA in NYC a couple of years ago. I remember seeing you and
>>>> wondering if you might be family.
>>>>
>>>> What else can I say? I’m grateful for this moment.
>>>>
>>>> Sent from my phone. Please excuse any typos or brevity.
>>>>
>>>> On Sep 10, 2019, at 6:05 AM, warkk <WarkK at newschool.edu> wrote:
>>>>
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>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> When i came out (on Facebook, natch), Sandy sent me a message which
>>>> said: "Now you know why, when i met you, i made you nervous."
>>>>
>>>> True story. I had so much internalized transphobia because i knew i was
>>>> clinging on to masculinity by a thread.
>>>>
>>>> "The internet" has a lot to answer for. It turns out media designed for
>>>> extracting surplus information out of us is a great breeding ground for
>>>> Nazis.
>>>>
>>>> Then again, it is a space where trans ppl can find each other. I'm
>>>> transitioning with the help of big sisters i know IRL -- but met on
>>>> twitter.
>>>>
>>>> Then again again, its a space for ppl who hate us. Its exhausting
>>>> playing whack-a-mole with ppl who think you are not human.
>>>>
>>>> The actual German-style Nazis started with queer and trans ppl too. The
>>>> Nazi-book burning pictures you see most often are of the Hirschfeld library.
>>>>
>>>> Who was Hirschfield? Who was Harry Benjamin? What was the medicalized
>>>> model of the transsexual? Well for that you'd need to read this:
>>>> http://www.sterneck.net/gender/stone-posttranssexuel/index.php
>>>>
>>>> -- in which Sandy became big sister to us all.
>>>>
>>>> Ironically enough, for complicated reasons, i'm among sisters who all
>>>> call ourselves transsexuals again.
>>>>
>>>> But then one of themes is change, right?
>>>>
>>>> On Tue, Sep 10, 2019 at 2:17 AM Allucquere Rosanne Stone <
>>>> allucquere.stone at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>
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>>>>> Hi folks, Sandy here.  McKenzie and I met in the mythic time of the
>>>>> latter part of the XXth Century, when she (then he) met a busful of
>>>>> middle-aged theoreticians debarking at a conference venue.  McKenzie
>>>>> glanced at me and then stared with an expression I interpreted as loathing,
>>>>> and which later I realized was something more akin to terror.  I thought
>>>>> that they might be an F2M afraid of being outed, so out of courtesy I gave
>>>>> them a wide berth.  In retrospect I wish I hadn’t.  Roads not taken, ships
>>>>> that pass in the night…
>>>>>
>>>>> At any rate, we’re here now, and it’s a great pleasure.
>>>>>
>>>>> Yeah, I’ve seen a lot of young transpeople in what at some point in
>>>>> the past was a general catchphrase for personal turbulence: going through
>>>>> changes.  Right. Ch-ch-ch-changes.  Who knew.
>>>>>
>>>>> Well.  The present moment is so chockfull of changes.  A close
>>>>> relative, an intelligent, perceptive, empathetic and caring person, is a
>>>>> Trumpist.  J Epstein, an intelligent, perceptive philanthropist, was a
>>>>> raging pedophile.  Valerie Plame has launched a campaign video that either
>>>>> reduces or elevates politics to the level of Hollywood spectacle —
>>>>> literally… all it lacks is Jason Statham and Vin Diesel getting out of the
>>>>> car behind her.  A woman has given birth to a cow’s head.  We’re all busy
>>>>> slouching toward our particular Bethlehem.  What’s not to like?
>>>>>
>>>>> I’ll say something about change that’s more related to this thread
>>>>> later.  This is just a little introductory blurt until I have more time.
>>>>>
>>>>> Sandy
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Allucquere Rosanne Stone
>>>>> Drive-by Theoretician
>>>>>
>>>>> Faust: How comes it then that thou art out of hell?
>>>>> Meph: Why this is hell, nor am I out of it.
>>>>>
>>>>> Sent from my iPhone. Please enjoy all autocorrects and typos.
>>>>> _______________________________________________
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>>>>
>>>>
>>>> --
>>>>
>>>> McKenzie Wark (they/she)
>>>> Professor of Media and Culture
>>>> EUGENE LANG COLLEGE
>>>> 65 w11th st, NEW YORK, NY 10011
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>>>>
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>>
>> McKenzie Wark (they/she)
>> *Professor of Media and Culture*
>> EUGENE LANG COLLEGE
>> 65 w11th st, NEW YORK, NY 10011
>>
>> warkk at newschool.edu
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>>
>
> --
>
> McKenzie Wark (they/she)
> *Professor of Media and Culture*
> EUGENE LANG COLLEGE
> 65 w11th st, NEW YORK, NY 10011
>
> warkk at newschool.edu
> <http://www.newschool.edu/marketing-communication/email-signature.html#>
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