Queer and Now
Participants: Aet Kuusik, Ede Raadik, Mari Bastashevski, Zach Blas
How is digital connectivity fostering and evolving the representation of the gender-fluid constituencies online, including the queer and trans community’s range of creative, social, and political self-expression? In this conversation, we also turn to queer and feminist art practices as aesthetic interventions that powerfully impact the practices, discourses, and futures of science and technology, pedagogies, and economics.
Aet Kuusik is an editor and contributor at Feministeerium, an independent feminist web magazine in Estonia. She was a co-organiser of the feminist festival Ladyfest and has been active in other grassroots initiatives. Aet is especially interested in queer perspectives, intersections between power and privilege, and animal rights.
Ede Raadik’s artwork can be characterized by her intellectual, poetic yet emphatically dry approach. The artist works in series; her work often depicts schemes and charts where the artist presents statistics about systems that always include unknown, thus referring to the absurdity and the possibility to distrust the presented subject.
Mari Bastashevski is an artist, writer, and researcher. Her works – usually a result of extensive online and field investigations – integrate manifestations of information, photographs, and texts to explore the role of visual presentation in creating and sustaining state-corporate power.
Zach Blas is an artist, filmmaker, and writer whose practice spans technical investigation, theoretical research, conceptualism, performance, and science fiction. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.