About the event

Part of Danspace Project's Platform 2016: Lost and Found, this evening with Jawanza James Williams (Voices of Community Activists and Leaders (VOCAL-NY)), Theodore (ted) Kerr (writer and organizer), Kenyon Farrow (essayist and US & Global Health Policy Director for Treatment Action Group), Robert Sember (Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at The New School’s Eugene Lang College and member of the sound-art collective Ultra-red), and iele paloumpis (dance artist and death doula) will focus on the work of current activists and will attempt to articulate and historicize contemporary issues related to HIV/AIDS. We aim to push forward and circulate current knowledge production of various kinds as well as to produce strategies for archiving and theorizing the contemporary.

Danspace Project's Platform 2016: Lost and Found (October 6- November 19), curated by Will Rawls and Ishmael Houston-Jones, examines the impact of AIDS on generations of artists and seeks to recover the generation of mentors, role models, and muses who died from the disease. Now in its fourth decade, Danspace Project has supported a vital community of contemporary dance artists in an environment unlike any other in the United States. 

Organized by Jaime Shearn Coan, Danspace Curatorial Fellow and Janet Werther, CFH Research Fellow, with the assistance of faculty co-leaders Amy Herzog and Edward D. Miller.

This event is presented as part of Mediating the Archive, an interdisciplinary research group that focuses on how archival studies dovetail with the scholarly and artistic legacy of queer activism through visual art, film, digital media, and dance. The group is supported by the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research. For more information or to join, email ch@gc.cuny.edu.

Cosponsored by the Mediating the Archive Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research, and by Danspace Project.

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