our bodies, our archives

our bodies, our archives

Around the Outside #1: Our Bodies, Our Archives

Come and join us for a beer and snag at the first installment of Around the Outside 2016 titled ‘Our Bodies, Our Archives’.

Understanding the archive as an infinite body constantly and urgently drawing in related artifacts, ‘Our Bodies, Our Archives’ (title taken from Annamarie Jagose’s lecture of the same name) embraces the inherently incomplete and expansive nature of the process of selecting, ordering and preserving the past – of making history. Artists, activists and scholars have recently been rethinking the politics of what archives preserve in order to open up questions about how archives shape or can reshape belief systems and power structures. This gets even more interesting when we think about an archive that is Queer in its identity. In ‘Migrating Archives’ E.G Crichton writes, “queer lives are (still) frequently invisible, in life and death…in queer communities where notions of lineage often reside outside bloodlines and marriage contracts, an archive can provide a different form of lineage”. ‘Our Bodies, Our Archives’ asks, do the holes and silences in a queer archive open up the very notion of an archive to possible future utopias and a multitude of ways of loving and living in the world?

The day will feature a lecture from Annamarie Jagose, Marcus Whale in conversation who will also be presenting work from his new project, ‘Inland Sea’, a fantastic program of films, a reader to sink your teeth into on the day (or take home with you to tackle in your own time), and as always, a BBQ for lunch-time.


Film Program:
Nelson Sullivan, ‘Going Shopping with RuPaul at Lenox Square in Atlanta in 1989’ (1989) – 11mins
Zachary Drucker: ‘FISH’ (2008) – 2min
Lizzie Borden: Born in Flames (1983) – 96min

Run times:
12pm – Reading Room open and BBQ
1pm – Annamarie Jagose, “Our Bodies, Our Archives” (Lecture)
1:30pm – Marcus Whale: in conversation and presentation of work from his new project, ‘Inland Sea’.
2pm – Nelson Sullivan, ‘Going Shopping with RuPaul at Lenox Square in Atlanta in 1989’ (1989) (Screening)
2:15pm – Zachary Drucker: ‘FISH’ (2008) (Screening)
2:30pm – Lizzie Borden: Born in Flames (1983) (Screening)

When: Sunday, April 17, 2016
Time: 12 – 4pm
Where: Firstdraft

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