Putting Holes Through Me: Have You Ever Become an Ecstatic Stigmatic
I want to address the virtue of the bashed in terms of Francis of Assisi urging his fellow minor friars to embrace without retaliation the violence put on them and through their embrace refine a benevolent humility toward an immediate and distant, [...]
by nico peck
i read the following as part of the city panel at the eco-poetics conference, 2013, under the title Examining the Permeable Membrane of the Self-Political: Possible Cities from Actual Alterities.
in her essay “the forces of imagination,” barbara guest begins by saying, “the forces of the imagination from which strength is drawn have [...]
retrieved from the anarchists’ library. originally published in Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed #35 — Winter, 1993
There are moments when life seems entirely impossible. All the crazy dreams of rebellion disappear. The desire to revolt against the society of the civilized is lost to futility, the open but [...]
On November 17, 2011, my dear friend Felix Omai was deliberately injured by the California Highway Patrol during an occupy protest.
Omai had clothes-pinned two bedsheet banners that read, “Have you been occupied?” to a fence on the Sprowel Creek Bridge in Humboldt County. CHP officers demanded that she remove the signs. [...]
Often the metaphor of healing is (re)imagined by our colonized minds into visions of a doctor in scrubs with a stethoscope, but as a mestizo (mixed-blood) Chicano with a body that is a living crossroads for all continents, my vision of healing is not rooted in western ideologies and does not regard healing as a product but as a process.
I recognize that there are collectible forms of ephemera (i.e., baseball cards, napkins with brand names on them, keychains, etc), but to read about it as something that applies to trauma opens up new ideas of the impossibility of normative and traditional archive.
Lorna Simpson’s show Gathered, on exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum this summer, interfaces found photographs/objects with the artist’s “experience” of them as icons of identity, memory, and archive. The three-part show consists of two groupings — or gatherings? — of photos on facing walls and one video piece.
Simpson groups found photos in flat [...]
the incomparable james baldwin speaks freely on the hypocrisy of the city in this remarkable kqed documentary entitled /take this hammer/. in the spring of 1963, baldwin paid a visit to san francisco and was guided around the city by youth for service’s director orville luster. baldwin meets with various members of black communities, including [...]
on friday, april 14, homeless transgender youth and their allies staged a protest that included a symbolic sweep of the castro to recall the historic tenderloin sweep by queer youth organization vanguard in 1966.