In this panel, we will focus on queer new media art and philosophy that uses and intervenes into the viral to form a radical politics of revolt and utopia. Viral will be engaged with technically, philosophically, artistically, biologically, and effectively. Our aim is to show that while viral rhetoric and discourses have marginalized and controlled queer populations, the viral remains an allusive, volatile potential that can be experimented with toward creating new queer politics and worlds. Cárdenas and Mehrmand will discuss their current collaboration virus.cirus, an episodic series of performances using wearable electronics and live audio to bridge virtual and physical spaces that explores queer futures of latex sexuality amidst a speculative world of virus hysteria and DIY medicine. Blas will speak on new works from his ongoing Queer Technologies project that attempt to formulate a viral aesthetics based on a replicating difference of never-being-the-sameness against capital’s own modulating structure.
An intimate look into the corruption, lies and deceit that transformed a website started by a video of a foul-mouthed little girl into the largest most powerful media company the world has ever seen! With a special guest moderator, Funny Or Die executives will discuss how over the past 5 years the company transformed into a new model media company, where they are going, upcoming projects, and how comedy pretty much rules the world…and everything else.
9th–13th March 2012