For the upcoming session, we will be reading a selection of texts by Emily Roysdon and Gregg Bordowitz.
Reading Group member Anik Fournier will introduce two texts of Emily Roysdon, an artist whose practice is grounded in a feminist-queer perspective and is performative by nature, and often succeeds in creating highly charged affective encounters. Roysdon is editor and co-founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective LTTR. We are reading an interview with Roysdon, as well as a text she wrote on her curatorial project Ecstatic Resistance, for which she developed the concept ‘ecstatic resistance’ to talk about the impossible and imaginary in politics.
In addition, we are reading a selection of columns written by Gregg Bordowitz for the journal Documents between 1996 to 2000 and collected under the title New York Was Yesterday, published in The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings, 1986-2003 (MIT Press, 2004). Gregg Bordowitz is an artist, writer, and Professor of Film, Video, and New Media at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. Bordowitz, who has been living with AIDS for two decades, was a member of the groundbreaking AIDS activist group ACT UP. The selection of this collection of writing has been made by Jacob Korczynski, Reading Group member formerly based in Amsterdam and currently running the Reading Group in Toronto.