June 2014

shandaken summer intensive

i’m about to head up to the shandaken project for a week of talking, writing, and making with some lovely folks around questions of queer theory and cultural production. ¬†here are two lines of inquiry that i’m going there with:

What would a political practice that was not willing to keep everyone in their place look like? A political practice that accepted new trajectories, impossible encounters, and meetings between people who did not usually talk to each other?

-Alain Badiou, The Communist Hypothesis

How exactly might aesthetic judgments inform criticism with explicitly extra-aesthetic goals? What role, if any, might judgments of aesthetic value play in a self-consciously ‘engaged’ work of cultural criticism, in particular.

-Sianne Ngai, Our Aesthetic Categories


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