AIDS AND MEMORY

A Political Sense of Being at Home with HIV and Video

A Political Sense of Being at Home with HIV and Video

Alexandra Juhasz (in conversation with Jih-Fei Cheng and Lucas Hilderbrand, and Adam Geary, Theodore Kerr, Nishant Shahani, Dagmawi Woubshet, and others)   Queer time and place register and change in media and conversation about HIV and the bodies and domiciles that house them. In some times and certain places, we might sense this as political. Of course, over time and place and medium that can change. Writing as an AIDS activist scholar and videomaker,...

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‘Pray to be released from image’[1]: Mourning, Desire and Self-Erasure in Derek Jarman’s Blue

‘Pray to be released from image’[1]: Mourning, Desire and Self-Erasure in Derek Jarman’s Blue

Oliver Penny The apparent choices of art are nothing but addictions, pre-dispositions. The aesthetic is nothing but a return to images that will allow nothing to take their place. Elizabeth Bowen, ‘Out of a Book,’ The Mulberry Tree   Trauma has become the great change that makes change impossible. It is the change that stops us changing.  This is clearly an attractive story for people who are beginning to feel that there is too...

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‘Remembering Well’: Sexual Practice as a Practice of Remembering

Kate Bride   A Prologue by Amber Dean When I saw Ricky Varghese’s call for papers for this special issue of Drain on AIDS and memory, I immediately thought of the essay ‘Remembering Well’ by my friend and colleague Kate Bride. First published in 2004, in an important special issue of the (now-defunct) journal of the former Canadian Lesbian and Gay Studies Association, I knew Kate’s essay was out of print, and although readers...

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Sick Memory: On the Un-detectable in Archiving Aids

Katrin Köppert and Todd Sekuler   Introduction In 2015, the self-acclaimed progressive men’s magazine the VANGARDIST published a special edition labeled #HIVHEROES as a reminder that being HIV-positive is still a stigma and a taboo. Printed with ink infused with the sterilized blood of three HIV-infected individuals, it became a minor media sensation. A video trailer that promotes the edition performs and almost dramatizes the potentiality of being at risk. By showing someone fearlessly...

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‘I don’t know what made this ‘private’ in the first place.’: Neil Greenberg’s Not-About-AIDS Dance and The Disco Project

‘I don’t know what made this ‘private’ in the first place.’: Neil Greenberg’s Not-About-AIDS Dance and The Disco Project

Jaime Shearn Coan Screenshot from recording of Not-About-AIDS Dance, 1994. Image courtesy of Neil Greenberg and the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image of the Dance Collection of the NYPL. Prologue: ‘begin again and then begin again again’ —D.A. Powell via Twitter There is so much work behind the work. So many versions that might have been. I took up this project over two years ago, intending to submit it as a...

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Revisiting AIDS and Its Metaphors

Revisiting AIDS and Its Metaphors

Ryan Conrad …history is a process of generalization, an elevator pitch, and we privilege the stories that are easier to tell. In the public sphere, complexities are frequently slipped under the shadows of our zeitgeists, and well-worn media tropes supplant more disorderly truths. – Avram Finklestein, AIDS 2.0   Introduction This essay analyzes cultural production by queer American artists in the 1980s and 1990s that frames the AIDS epidemic as a form of genocide,...

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The Extended Scene: Seeing Queer Futurity through the work of Colin Campbell

The Extended Scene: Seeing Queer Futurity through the work of Colin Campbell

Francisco-Fernando Granados To engage with the relationship between queerness and visuality is to speak of a particular sense. A sense that, while particular, is not always fully explainable in the present tense. Something of this particularly elusive queer sensibility pervades the work of artist Colin Campbell. Born in Manitoba in 1942 and based out of Toronto for most of his acclaimed career until his passing in 2001, Campbell was among those at the vanguard...

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