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MELT Reading Group: the body that loses its chair

Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal

7:00pm – 9:00pm
July 11, 2019
MR, 122CC – Courtyard Studio

150 1st Avenue New York, NY 10009

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“So yes, if we start with the body that loses its chair, the world we describe will be quite different.” So says Sara Ahmed in her book Queer Phenomenology, emphasizing how one’s subjectivity is not wholly one’s own; it is, in fact, also determined by the vectors of power that literally shape our world. But in the moments and spaces when we do not sit with things as they are, we shift. “Discomfort, in other words, allows things to move.”

Through a trio of texts (including Ahmed’s), we will think through the fraughtness (and challenge the tautness) of concepts such as authorship, representation, abstraction, and identity as they relate to performance. We will consider how systems of normativity and domination structure what we (can) imagine, see, make, know. We will consider other(ed) possibilities.

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Please familiarize yourself with the readings beforehand:

  • Sara Ahmed, Queer Phenomenology, Chapter 3: The Orient and Other Others
  • José Esteban Muñoz, Cruising Utopia, Chapter 4: Gesture, Ephemera, and QueerFeeling: Approaching Kevin Aviance
  • Claudia Rankine and Beth Loffreda, “On Whiteness and The Racial Imaginary” –

This workshop is part of the Move to Heal/Action to Heal series, with support from the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.



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Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal

Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal is a mixed artist living around NYC since 2014. His solo performance work has been presented and/or commissioned by GIBNEY, Danspace Project, Roulette, Dixon Place, AUNTS, Center for Performance Research, and Brooklyn Art...