The Coming Disturbance, a film / video program curated by myself and Micha Cárdenas, premieres tonight, Thursday, November 15, at MIX NYC: 25th New York Queer Experimental Film Festival. The program begins at 9pm at 339 Butler Street in Brooklyn. Micha and I will be there to introduce the program and have discussion after the screening!


The Coming Disturbance trailer, MIX NYC 25

From The Coming Insurrection to The Coming Community, it is clear that something, or someone, is coming. As neoliberal capitalism continues to collapse, new movements spring up daily, from the plazas of Madrid, Mexico, Wall Street, and Quebec, to reject austerity capitalism and its attempts to shut down both hope and dissent. These coming forms of resistance against emerging mutations of capital will be speculative, nanobiotechnological, and digitally global–unrecognizable as they exceed our current understanding of the political and the economic. These will be bodies of all kinds which have been considered monstrous and now emerge as erotic and empowered. While some theorists have declared the death of Queer Theory, we see hope in the claims of an emerging Queer 2.0, even while we reject that binary formation. Ours is a Queer X.X, where the X.X can refer to an abstract number, any number–or, it can refer to the post-porn movement, to the chromosomes of engineered creatures and organs, to the longitude and latitude of queer lives outside grids of western epistemologies, to the multiplicitous disturbances queer brings globally. The artists curated in this program reimagine resistance in forms which cause disturbance, by unnerving, decentering, and unraveling power rather than acknowledging its solidity by trying to destroy it. These artists respond to the rigidity of contemporary life with gooey, embodied, networked, and highly technical means of imagining other possibilities for life.

Elle Mehrmand
Zach Blas
Jaime del Val
Pinar Yoldas
Rocio Boliver / La Congelada de Uva
Tagny Duff
*particle group*
Shu Lea Cheang
Giuseppe Campuzano
Micha Cárdenas
Jordan Crandall


The Coming Disturbance Teaser

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