Kickoff Event Workshops

WORKSHOPS: Great Small Works Space, 20 Jay St., #214

At Home Archiving
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Even as late as 1994 when George Chauncey published his Gay New York, he noted in his Note on Sources that “The methodological problems facing the historian of homosexuality appear at first glance, to be unusually daunting… It has been assumed generally that the sources needed to reconstruct the social and cultural history of gay men and lesbians did not exist.” Those of us participating in queer cultures and activism know that we do exist and that every day we are creating just the sort of historical documentation that will work to tell future generations our stories—stories that we know are worth preserving and sharing. This workshop will give participants practical tips for arranging and preserving their personal records, focusing on basic preservation strategies that will help to ensure the long-term survival their pieces of queer culture and history.

Carrie Hintz is an archivist with a background in archival management, including arrangement, description, and preservation. She is currently the Head of Archives Processing at Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Prior to her employment at Columbia, she was at the University of Michigan working in the Manuscripts unit of the Bentley Historical Library and as the conservator’s assistant at the William L. Clements Library. She received her BA in English and Women’s Studies from Kalamazoo College and her MSI from the University of Michigan School of Information. Her current research focuses on lesbian pulp novels and issues of social memory in lesbian communities.

Choose Your Own Adventure: How to Make Art Out of Queer History
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Buzz Slutzky will be giving a workshop called “Choose Your Own Adventure: How to Make Art Out of Queer History” at the Pop Up Museum of Queer History block party. The workshop is geared towards queer artists, historians, activists, and community members of all levels who are interested in creating historically themed work and/or proposing projects to the Pop Up Museum. A former co-curator and artist for Pop Up, Buzz will cover developing relevant topics, formal and conceptual strategies, and research practices so that works are both engaging and informative.

Buzz Slutzky is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, writer, and curator. Buzz works in a range of media, particularly in drawing, video, and performance. They are a former Curator of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and currently work as a student and Research Assistant in the Parsons MFA Fine Arts program. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Buzz’s work has been shown at La Mama’s SQUIRTS: New Voices in Queer Performance, The MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival, Dixon Place, and Ed. Varie Gallery. Their projects have been written about by, The Huffington Post, TimeOut NY, and NEXT Magazine. Buzz’s collaboration with LJ Roberts The Queer Houses of Brooklyn is the permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

NOTE: Buzz identifies as genderqueer and transgender, and uses the pronouns they/them/theirs. For more information, please visit wikipedia, watch this informative video, or respectfully send questions to buzzslutzky[at]gmail[dotcom].

Queer Home Sweet Home
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Queer Home Sweet Home is a workshop designed to gather story about the queer experience of the notion of home. How do we define home? What defined that as we grew up? What defines that for us now? What is the home we imagine? How do we go about realizing that concept? This workshop is the first of several sessions that have been arranged during which interviews will be held with diverse groups of queer people of varying ages and backgrounds. Their stories will be recorded and edited for inclusion in motion activated loops that will be intrinsic to The Pansy Patch Queer Home Project, a public art project that will be installed in Central Brooklyn in the spring of 2014. These stories will also provide the background for A Queer Home Summit at which a manifesto will be produced geared to codifying what queer people should be able to experience and achieve in their home lives.

Whitfield Koelsch Collab is dedicated to multimedia partnerships that address aspects of cultural transformation in urban contexts. Its principals are Tony Whitfield and Christopher Koelsch.

Tony Whitfield is Associate Professor of Art and Design Practice in Parsons’ School of Art and Design History and Theory. After three years as Parsons Associate Dean for Civic Engagement, he currently serves as Director of Social Engagement at Parsons, expanding his previous position to include issues of social justice and innovation. He is also a member of the TNS-wide Social Innovation Steering Committee and a member of the University Social Justice Committee. Since he began teaching at Parsons in a part-time capacity in 1993, he has been a member of the faculty of Parsons School of Constructed Environments. In earlier institutional structures, he has been Director of the Furniture Program and, subsequently, served for ten years as the Chair of the Product Design department. Whitfield has also taught in Product Design, Interior Design and the Foundation Program. As a designer, he established his firm Red Wing & Chambers in 1993, producing custom home furnishing, accessories and interiors. His work as an artist and designer has been shown in galleries and Museums including the New York’s Museum of Art and Design, Leslie Lohman Museum of Lesbian and Gay Art, The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History and the Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano in Lima, Peru and published frequently in the US and abroad. He has held leadership positions in New York’s arts community including Director of Printed Matter, Inc. and the Associate Director of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. In addition he served as the Senior Policy Analyst for Cultural Affairs in the Office of the Manhattan Borough Ruth Messinger from 1990 until 1995. Whitfield’s writing about art, design, performance, film and video as a medium for cultural criticism has been included in numerous publications over the last three decades.

Christopher Koelsch is an environmental interactive designer using the human body as a tool to make atmospheres and spaces react, change and fluctuate. Through motion, light, and audio sensing with physical computing& circuitry, he works in theatre, installation, public and corporate exhibitions. Koelsch is interested in changing our perception of the museum experience, commercial spaces, and corporate and artistic exhibitions. He seeks to bring the human action further with interfaces, making our senses a key factor in interacting with our world. He aims his sights at further movement ubiquitously away from the keyboard to a completely experiential interface. Koelsch has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technology from Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. He previously was a costume designer for theatre, television, and film in Los Angeles. He has worked internationally in France, Italy and Russia and currently resides in New York City.

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