Queer Technologies

Queer Technologies

2007-12

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Queer Technologies is an organization that produces critical applications, tools, and situations for queer technological agency, interventions, and sociality. By re-imaging a technology designed for queer use, Queer Technologies critiques the heteronormative, capitalist, militarized underpinnings of technological architectures, design, and functionality. Queer Technologies includes, transCoder, a queer programming anti-language; ENgenderingGenderChangers, a “solution” to Gender Adapters’ male / female binary; Gay Bombs, a technical manual manifesto that outlines a “how to” of queer networked activism; and GRID, a mapping application that tracks QT dissemination and infection.

Queer Technologies’ products are often displayed and deployed at the Disingenuous Bar, an attack on Appleʼs Genius Bar that offers a heterotopic space for political support for “technical” problems. Queer Technologies also delivers live demonstrations and produces video tutorials.

QT products are shop-dropped in various consumer electronics stores, such as Best Buy, Radio Shack, and Target. QT items are produced as product, artwork, and political tool and materialized through an industrial manufacturing process so that they may be disseminated widely.

  • Gay Bomb and Logo Swarm Branding Videos (2008)

  • Gay Bombs Instruction Video, or How to Build and Use a Gay Bomb (2010)

  • transCoder Instruction Video, or How to Use a Queer Programming Anti-Language (2010)

  • Disingenuous Bar (2008)

Texts

Gay Bombs: User's Manual (2008)

Credits

  • Graphic Design: Kristel Brinshot
  • 3D Modeling: Kyle Audick and Scott Kepford
  • Photography: Christopher O’Leary
  • Supported by Design Media Arts, University of California, Los Angeles, and Abandon Normal Devices Festival