10 August 2015

Text for 'Hybridize or Disappear', ed. João Laia (2015)

I was invited by London-based Portuguese curator João Laia to contribute to a publication he was editing to parallel the curated exhibition Hybridize or Disappear, held consecutively at two venues in Portugal: Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea - Museu do Chiado, Lisboa (9 April - 24 May 2015), and Paços do Concelho - Câmara Municipal do Porto (9 July - 18 September 2015).

Published by Mousse in June 2015, and yours for only 15€, Hybridize or Disappear contains contributions by museum directors David Santos and Paulo Cunha e Silva, as well as writers Stephanie Bailey, Rózsa Zita Farkas, Attilia Fattori Franchini, João Laia (ed.), João Ribas, Alex Ross, Andrey Shental, and myself.

The artists in the exhibition include Cécile B. Evans, Neïl Beloufa, Antoine Catala, Diogo Evangelista, Oliver Laric, Shana Moulton, Katja Novitskova, Laure Prouvost, and Magali Reus.

As Laia describes in the preface: '... this book aims to expand on the universe of the show, posing a wide set of questions that shape contemporary visual culture, rather than serving as a document or an archive. Through the lens of the “hybrid”, the commissioned texts look at different dimensions of our current condition, addressing ideas related to the circulation of identity and meaning in our mediated environments.'

My text is titled 'Disappearing the Straight Mind: Witches, Monsters, Zombies, Strangers' and appears on pages 41-49. It explores non-dominant modes of writing through the work of four white female writers, suggesting a parallel between the 'loss' of identity that occurs in the contemporary world of digital images (such as those employed by Catala), and these writers' attempts to step away from identification with dominance through their language. The text posits these modes, the 'loss' of authorship and of clearly recognised~identified language, as strategies to negate the mode of domination encouraged by competitive capitalism.

Many thanks to Australian artist Hamishi Farah for providing images to parallel the words. The 168 page softcover book is in both English and Portuguese, so I'm excited to say it's the first time my writing has been translated into another language.

Click here to download the essay: https://www.academia.edu/14816589/Disappearing_the_Straight_Mind_Witches_Monsters_Zombies_Strangers_-_catalogue_essay_Hybridize_or_Disappear_Mousse_Milano_2015

Many thanks to João for this opportunity. For more information on the project, read his essay 'Hybridize or Disappear: a bodily speculation on immaterial visual cultures' (pp. 17-23 of the book) over at Terremoto.


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