AIDS AND MEMORY

Les instants de mes morts, After Blanchot[1]

Les instants de mes morts, After Blanchot[1]

Ralph Carl Wushke In Montréal in the spring of 1987, I remember a boy—neither young nor old—flushed with the delight of a night on the town, (un)aware of the imminent dangers of the body and its pleasures also. The night was heady with excitement: the thrill of a national political convention, an exuberant dinner in a very gay restaurant and a pub-crawl through the Gay Village. The evening ended in a smoky leather bar,...

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Epidemics and their Metaphors

Epidemics and their Metaphors

Amy Kazymerchyk All images: Lili Reynaud-Dewar, My Epidemic (Teaching Bjarne Melgaard’s Class). SFU SCA Seminar with Alexandra Best, Kayla Elderton, Jorma Kujala, Siena Locher-Lo, Chris Mark, Emily Marston, Weifeng Tang, Cory Woodcock, Sitong Wu, Viki Wu, Nicholas Yu. Installation view, Audain Gallery, 2015. Photos by Blaine Campbell. In her essay Illness as Metaphor, Susan Sontag argues that the production of symbolic values around illnesses such as cancer compromise an ill person’s welfare. She focuses...

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AIDS 1969: HIV, History, and Race

AIDS 1969: HIV, History, and Race

Theodore (Ted) Kerr All images by and courtesy the artist. Introduction #stoperasingblackpeople was the hashtag created by the Tacoma Action Committee (TAC) in 2015 as part of their die-in, protesting the exhibition, Art AIDS America, curated by Jonathan David Katz and Rock Hushka. The national touring exhibition, which premiered in Tacoma with stops near Atlanta, the Bronx, and other locations aimed to be groundbreaking, introducing and exploring, ‘the whole spectrum of artistic responses to...

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Can a Computer Remember AIDS?

Can a Computer Remember AIDS?

­Cait McKinney Irwin Winkler, The Net (still depicting Angela Bennett ordering pizza), 1995. If you saw The Net when it came out in 1995, you might remember certain Internet wow moments performed by the film’s protagonist Angela Bennett (played by Sandra Bullock). A systems analyst and all-around computer nerd who works from home protecting corporations from hackers, Bennett uses her modem to order a pizza online, a now banal action that was presented as...

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Biomedical Nostalgia in Crisis

Biomedical Nostalgia in Crisis

Stephanie Youngblood Lili Reynaud-Dewar, My Epidemic (Teaching Bjarne Melgaard’s Class). SFU SCA Seminar with Alexandra Best, Kayla Elderton, Jorma Kujala, Siena Locher-Lo, Chris Mark, Emily Marston, Weifeng Tang, Cory Woodcock, Sitong Wu, Viki Wu, Nicholas Yu. Installation view, Audain Gallery, 2015. Photo: Blaine Campbell. Vincent Chevalier and Ian Bradley-Perrin, Your Nostalgia is Killing Me, 2013, Digital/Google Sketchup. Image courtesy AIDS Action Now and Poster/VIRUS (Toronto). I first started thinking about nostalgia and the AIDS...

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