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Queer Futures: Jack Halberstam

Date and time April 7, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location 102A Jerome Green Building

In 1913, an undanceable ballet was performed to the harsh dissonant clashing sounds of a perverse symphony. In 1959, a man threw acid upon a nylon canvas and called the disintegration that ensued “art.” In 1964, a Black singer howled and screamed her protest against racism in America. In 1976, a group of shock haired punks spat at the camera and questioned the humanity of the queen. In 2012, a boychild became a broken vessel for the light of a harsh future. Sometimes the force of speech breaks the speaker, the violence of sound contorts the dancer and the singer; protest can turn art into weaponry. Welcome to auto-destructive art.

This talk will explore at least three variations on Auto-Destructive art from the 1960’s to the present, although I believe we could date the emergence of this aesthetic method to the beginning of the twentieth century

Please join us for Jack Halberstam's Queer Futures talk titled “A Frightful Jump Into Darkness: Auto Destructive Art and the Ruins of the Future” on April 7, 2015 from 6pm - 8pm.