Love is Strong as Death

Love is Strong as Death was first staged as a convivial feast for the five senses inspired by the inscription (after the Song of Solomon) on a clock tower on the campus of Brown University. Participants congregated around festive tables of home-cooked food and were invited to “listen, imagine, and respond to aspects and acts of political love.” Commissioned by Brown University’s Art Department, this work hearkened back to Plato’s Symposium by taking on the theme of  “political love.” The body politic is addressed through the experience of the human sensorium and the embodied situation of sharing food, wine, and thinking together. The feast performance produced ephemera and objects that were then left in the venue as a sculptural installation.*

  • In Transit: from Object to Site, David Winton Bell Gallery and Department of Visual Art, Brown University, Providence, RI, September 15, 2006.
  • Pathogeographies (or, other people’s baggage), Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, July 6, 2007.
  • Propagation, curated by Sabrina Raaf at Polvo, Chicago, Oct 13-Nov 4, 2006 [documentation & objects only].
  • Women Artists: Then and Now, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, June 2–30, 2007 [documentation & objects only].

* The feast has its own web site.

Yes Species

Yes Species is a 20-minute performative tableau with video projection that imagines the meeting of three philosophers performing gender differently in a forest clearing: a live DJ mixing recorded vocalizations; a second performer standing in vats of red and green ink, blowing into vellum text balloons; and a third manipulating scrolls of text and dispersing copies of the Yes Species book with freshly-imprinted covers. First developed for 1-0-1 Intersex: The two gendered system as a Human Rights Violation at Berlin’s NGBK Gallery, The work explores both the performativity of gender as theorized by Judith Butler, and the hope that “things can be thought differently” as Luce Irigaray has suggested.

  • 1-0-1 Intersex: The two gendered system as a Human Rights Violation, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK), Berlin, June 17, 2005 (catalog)
  • Cyberfem. Feminisms on the Electronic Landscape, Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló (EACC), Spain, October 20, 2006

Yes Species is documented on the subRosa “Selected Works” DVD. This project has its own web site, where you can download the Yes Species book.  Additional images here.