Raised Fist Review: Punk Music

Who among us who #1 goes to see bands, and #2 has the physical ability, has never raised a fist at any show ever? Rock. The. Fuck. On. Right??!! These raised fists show up in punk flyers from the 90’s and GUESS WHAT: the 90’s are back, y’all. Positive Force…

Raised Fist[ing]

Raised fists in activist settings symbolize strength, unity, resistance, and community. To many queer communities, fists themselves have additional meanings: while often one thinks of hitting or violence, additional meanings lurk pruriently behind the surface. After raising for LGBTQ rights throughout the 1980s, and for AIDS activism in the 1990s,…

Political Art Lectures for 2014

I'm writing to share resources for teachers looking for a NYC-based field trips for classes on art/politics/sociology/archives, etc: INTERFERENCE ARCHIVE ON-SITE TOURS I recently began an appointment as the Resident Scholar at the Interference Archive [www.interferencearchive.org], a public archive of political art ephemera in Brooklyn. See a NY Times article…

On power

In preparation for the "Queer Power, Queer Vulnerability" talk I gave at the IVYQ conference last week, I've been thinking a lot about power... I think about it in many forms and am actually kind of obsessed. [caption id="attachment_185" align="alignleft" width="300"] Musical Power Notes, Feb 2013[/caption] I think about resistance,…

Insurgency and Anarchafeminism

 Basically my life is totally great because I decided to make it my part-time job to study how people are collectively, creatively rebellious. Again, this means I look at participatory extralegal systems like socially-engaged, guerilla and performance art, tactical media, forms of DIY/DIWO production cultures, copyleft, and pop-ed. One of…