As the final events of SBC’s Talk Show exhibition, which focuses on the art and politics of conversation, this weekend Jackie Wang and I are going to investigate language in a couple different ways: we’ll examine how words can gloss systemic phenomena and how words can be a way into/out of the shadow that runs aside living. We’ll be talking and we’ll be writing, and the whole thing is participatory. There’s still a spot or two left in the workshop, which is free!, so if you wanna get tough on your logic and/or get tough on mine and/or invoke the oblique cut and/or figure out what Jackie means by “the trauma monster,” then you should come join us. All events happen at SBC (#507, 372 Ste-Catherine ouest).
April 24, 7-9 pm, Jackie Wang in conversation with cheyanne turions
Departing from Jackie Wang’s text “Against Innocence; Race, Gender and the Politics of Safety,” Wang and turions will engage the audience in a discussion about the precision of language. As Wang notes in her text, the “social, political, cultural and legal recognition [of Black people in North America] only happens when a person is thoroughly whitewashed, neutralized and made unthreatening…[and that] using ‘innocence’ as the foundation to address anti-Black violence is an appeal to the white imaginary.” Collectively, we will attempt to map how language works to obscure and deflect systemic exercises of power, envisioning tactics to use language more precisely, in order to reveal and dismantle.
Those attending are encouraged to pre-read “Against Innocence,” which can be downloaded from LIES: A Journal of Materialist Feminism here.
April 25, 11 am-5 pm, The Oblique Cut: A Writing Workshop
Participation in the workshop is limited. To register, please contact SBC Gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org
Participation in the workshop is free.
“How can I explain it to you? I’ll try. It’s that I’m perceiving a crooked reality. See through an oblique cut. Only now have I sensed the oblique in life. I used to only see through straight and parallel cuts. I didn’t notice the sly crooked line. Now I sense that life is other.” —Clarice Lispector, Água Viva
Drawing on Clarice Lispector’s Água Viva, Wang will lead a writing workshop that uses Lispector’s idea of the oblique cut as a way of communally exploring the relationship between trauma, the written word, the fleshy body and something Wang calls “the trauma monster.” Together, we will try to enact the cut that casts life as other.
Jackie Wang is a poet, musician and academic, and is the author of the zines On Being Hard Femme, Memoirs of a Queer Hapa, The Adventures of Loneberry and The Phallic Titty Manifesto. In her critical essays she writes about queer sexuality, race, gender, the politics of writing, mixed-race identity, prisons and police, the politics of safety and innocence, and revolutionary struggles. She blogs at Ballerinas Dance with Machine Guns and she is currently working on a book or two.