“Purge” by Brian Lobel

Friday, 28 June 2013
7:30pm – 8:30 pm
Clubhouse Ballroom

Blog Response by Bryan Schmidt

Brian Lobel’s Purge initially took place in 2010 when, over the course of two six-hour sessions, audience members voted for him to keep or delete each of his over 1300 Facebook friends after hearing from him a one-minute excerpt about the person (usually written by Brian himself, but sometimes through words chosen by the de-friending candidate). The act of putting his friends on trial for their virtual lives led to numerous angry messages, pre-emptive de-friends, and stories of reconnection, which were the subject of this year’s re-performance (or perhaps documentary performance) of the event.

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“Stitches In and Out of Time: Closing and Opening Queer Sites of Trauma” by Allen Conkle, Julie Cosenza, Amy Kilgard, Alexis Litzky, Thao P. Nguyen, Miranda Olzman (San Francisco State University)

Thursday, 27 June 2013
10:00 pm
Clubhouse Ballroom

Blog Response by David Preciado, Doctoral Student, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

The performance sought to explore “the intersections of queer temporalities and trauma” to critique neoliberal and colonial epistemologies of time and memory.

The performance consisted of five “presumed” women dressed in all black, each woman wore a piece of american-flag ribbon around their body, fresnel lanterns illuminated the stage, and audio was used to sensate scenes from broadway’s Hairspray song, “Timeless”, to dramatic death-tone beeps that made the space silent and serious. Technological mediums were kept to a minimum though, as storytelling was majority told through the bodies of the performers.

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