originally published in catalog for "Exile of the Imaginary: Politics, Aesthetics, Love"
curated by Juli Carson
January 18 through April 29, 2007
also published in the Yokohama Triennnale 2008 catalog with artist Sharon Hayes' project pages
LOVE is a strategy, medium, site and scene. Love is an act. Love is not a quantifiable element able to be parsed between politics and poetics for it constantly transforms the definitions of those very terms. Before I speak economy and resistance I must be explicit—Queer Love. Queer Love exemplifies itself by its lack of singular object relations and an insistence on unstable and mutable boundaries. My insistence on queer love is because the unspoken alternative would be hetero-normative love. Distinguishing this discourse of love as one that implicitly speaks queer love we do not take for granted modes of reproduction, exchange values or teleological engagements. We allow simultaneous investments, contradiction, excess, relief and excess. The theatre of queer love employs politics, poetics and aesthetics in equal measure. Queering love transforms the vocabulary with which we address our object, and the ensuing acts need not be translated. The materiality of this argument is in its very terms. Queer love is not economical and that is political. Love as a medium is part of an economy of resistance, ecstatic resistance I would say, provoking questions of memory and tactics. What does love want? Is it always discursive or sometimes outside of rational economies of getting and giving? (10/19/2006)