A Diversity of Tactics

I am a writer, performer, activist and professor currently living in Brooklyn, NY. I am the FemTechNet Chair of Experimental Pedagogies in the School of Media Studies at The New School, in New York City and I teach at Eugene Lang College (Culture & Media, Gender Studies and Integrated Arts) .

My current academic work focuses on the social life of trans- feminist and queer grass-roots performance. This work includes a book on translocal cultures 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.