A Diversity of Tactics
I am a writer, performer, activist and professor currently living in Brooklyn, NY. I teach at Eugene Lang College in Culture & Media, Gender Studies and Integrated Arts and I am the FemTechNet Chair of Experimental Pedagogies in the School of Media Studies at The New School.
My current academic work focuses on the cultural and intellectual economies and social lives of trans- feminist and queer grass-roots performance (in the broadest understanding of performance). This work includes a book on translocal cultural economies of queer and trans- feminist cabaret, provisionally entitled Sliding Scale, and a large-scale archive and ethno-historiography of feminist and queer community-based performance and media in Canada, called Viscera & Ephemera. I am also in the process of developing a collaborative research-creation project with Jasmine Rault and Dayna McLeod, called the Cabaret Commons: a user-generated digital archive and gossip rag for grass-roots queer and feminist artists, audiences and researchers. We are preempting the creation of this archive through a project/process we’re calling “Feeling Speculative in Digital Space.” Over the course of the next year or so, we’ll be doing some utopic imagining for a digital space that is informed by trans- feminist and queer ways of knowing, being, and making. My first book, entitled Poetry’s Bastard: The Illegitimate Genealogies, Cultures and Politics of Spoken Word Performance, is under contract with Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
I also write and teach on contemporary digital cultures, politics and pedagogies and work with the Feminist Technology Network on the Distributed Open Collaborative Course — the DOCC — on cyberfeminist approaches to online education and new pedagogical publics.
As an artist I got my start in the booming (largely feminist) spoken word scene of Vancouver in the late 1990s and since then have been making work that draws from cabaret, costume-based and alter-ego performance, agit-prop theatre, stand-up comedy, video and sound art, installation and intervention. These performances reflect an ongoing quasi-pseudo-autobiographical meditation on feminine composites, class mobility, sexuality and style.
Overall, I am deeply committed to the knowledges and aesthetics of transformational media, performance, subjects and scenes, and my art-research-activism-teaching moves through the politics, spaces and places of genre, memory, agitation, consolation, desire and diverse identifications.