Gathering with Jack Halberstam: Trans Anarchitectures

Playground Studio, Halle 6
Dachauer Str. 112d
80797 München

Gathering with Jack Halberstam: Trans Anarchitectures

On the March 12th we have a Gathering: Trans Anarchitectures is with the significant queer theorist and writer Jack Halberstam (author of Female Masculinity, the Queer art of Failure and many more!), come join us for a talk on Trans Anarchitectures in an informal setting with wine, soup and hanging out 7-8.30pm.

About Jack Halberstam:
Jack Halberstam is Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University and has received numerous teaching awards. He holds regular lectures on a variety of themes including Queer Studies, questions surrounding transgender, pop- or sub-cultures, and the relation between aesthetics and resistance in the age of late capitalism. In 2015, he held the position of Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge. Guest professorships have also brought Halberstam to the University of Pittsburgh as well as George Washington, Princeton, and Alberta Universities. At the moment, Halberstam works on the monograph “WILD THING,” which discusses queer anarchy, performance and protest cultures as well as the visual representation of anarchy, and teases out intersections between animality, humanity, and environment. In 2017, Halberstam’s “Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variance” will be published by University of California Press.
More about Trans Anarchitectures:

My work on anarchitecture and collapse began, predictably perhaps, with an encounter with the work of artist Gordon Matta Clark from the 1970’s. Matta Clark’s work, his cuts and splits and spirals, the gaps that he built into abandoned warehouses, homes and offices, left behind a vocabulary with which to describe not progress or becoming, not development and building, but the unraveling, chaotic, messy forms that voracious real estate development leaves in its wake and that in turn offers an opposition to gentrification, real estate capital, normative embodiment and individual success. When we return to the an/architectural experiments of GMC, we can find traces of earlier, potentially more radical projects than those that came to be compatible with liberal capitalism and we find them speaking in the language of unbuilding, breaking, cutting, collapsing, opening, dismantling. This lexicon has become potent in an era of real estate domination, market economies, profit domination. But what does it have to do with transness?

A group of trans artists including Jesse Darling but also Yve Laris Cohen and Cassils all utilize anarchitectural vocabularies on behalf of theories of trans embodiment that emphasize the cut of surgical transformation, the demolition of the binary, the twisting of bodily forms away from the perfect and the true. Gravity Road, installation view, Kunstverein Freiburg, 2020, Photo: Marc Doradzillo.

These event are free, please register at playground@annakonjetzky.com

Zeit: 19:00 – 20:30
Ort: Playground Studio, Halle 6 112d Dachauer str, München
Eintritt: Frei
Veranstalter*in: Playground Anna Konjetzky