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(Image is speaker's own created in homage to Tammy Rae Carland's Lesbian Beds (2002) series

There ain't a problem I can't fix, I can do it in the mix

Following the Affective Turn 

University of Brighton

17 September 2021

Abstract:

In a time of care abandon, environmental decline and viral emergency, how is queer/trans capacity

perceptible when we tune into alternative frequencies? Thinking at the intersection of Queer/Trans of

Colour Critique, remix culture and public feelings - I seek to theorise queer dance floors as gestational

spaces in which we birth ourselves and each other.

In the club - we are undone by an affective porosity, where the fugitively of queer and trans (of colour)

life, joy and desire shape our rhythms. By re-orientating discussions of ‘contagious relationality’ from

epidemic cultures to dancefloors frequencies I consider how such affective saturations may meet one

invitation of Sophie Lewis’s Full Surrogacy Now: "to bring about the conditions of possibility for opensource,

fully collaborative gestation.” (2019)

I further consider the employment of a spatial, performative and affective ‘glitch’ (Russell, 2020) follows a

history of Black, queer/trans* and disabled activist interventions of how to birth ourselves into

unaccommodating worlds. Whereby imagining radical otherwise(s) where we gift our labour to each

other as opposed to institutions, co-create the spaces to weather the ongoing disasters and mobilise a

resistance that centres pleasure and joy.

 

The Followning the Affective Turn conference was held at the University of Brighton.

Full program details can be found here