The Venice Biennial is coming up, and I’ve been fortunate to be invited to join Andrea Thal’s important queer and anti-racist project at the Swiss Pavillion entitled “Chewing the Scenery.”
The website for the project is just up, and I’m really looking forward to see Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz’s new works “No Future” and “No Past” which together with Tim Zulauf/KMU Produktionen’s installative dramatization “Deviare – Vier Agenten – Part of a Movie” will be presented at Teatro Fondamenta Nuove in Venice. The project also includes a book and a seminar. The Chewing the Scenery-book includes contributions by fantastic theorists and artists such as Antke Engel, Ann Cvetkovich, Patricia Purtschert, Rubia Salgado, Uriel Orlov, Eran Schaerf, Maria Iorio/Raphaël Cuomo, and others. The seminar in September will feature many of these people together with among others the queer theorist Elizabeth Freeman.
I have written a text in the book, and will give a lecture at the seminar in September. My article is entitled “Simultaneously: Queer Politics – All At Once.” My text takes the song “Simultaneously” by the queer disco group MEN as a starting point to discuss queer temporalities, erotic historiographies, AIDS, prognosis time, chronopolitics, simultaneity, state racism, white supremacy, colorblindness, racial silence, gay imperialism, and the need for queer politics to deal with all at once.