We live in an age of rapid advancements in digital and new media technologies, an age where a tweet from Lady Gaga can be read simultaneously by her millions of followers globally in the blink of an eye. The mobility of digital imaging and viewing technologies—interfaced through smartphones, tablets, computers, and cameras—has opened the door for the masses to be both creators and consumers of digital images and texts. Social online platforms, chat rooms, and smartphone apps encourage new modes of social, political, and economic engagement as well as new opportunities for creative expressions. Indeed, the Internet, seemingly boundless in its sublime breadth, is replete with social and communal interactions and entanglements, some of which de-center or unsettle real-time or real-world social relations and expectations. The Internet is thus a fruitful space for the multiplatform exhibition of Queer Sites and Sounds to exist, as the works curated on CA+T's website, alongside the organization's Tumblr and Pinterest websites, explore the possibilities of queer engagement across multiple virtual spaces and showcase queer new media and digital interventions.
Launched over the course of the first two months of 2014, Queer Sites and Sounds features digital artwork, videos, audio recordings, scholarship, and writing that question the ways that we think of "queer" as an embodied identity and "queer" as it relates to narrative and digital forms and digital literacies. That is, in Queer Sites and Sounds, “queer” is defined broadly to include non-heteronormative genders and sexualities in both Filipino and Western contexts (e.g., LGBTQ, bakla, and tomboy) as well as performativity and aesthetics (e.g., 'kitsch,' 'spectacle,' and 'camp') that challenge and go beyond how Filipino bodies, affects, and processes are conventionally understood.
Unlike real-time, real-world exhibitions in which the works are revealed all at once and often in a singular space, the works in Queer Sites and Sounds unfold on CA+T's website in stages. Taken together, the works in Queer Sites and Sounds reveal the amazing possibilities of today's current digital and new media moment. The exhibition showcases queer expressive practices that dare us to look, read, and reflect.
Curator: Jan Christian Bernabe
Featuring Work by
Eliza Barrios, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, Jan Padios, Kiam Marcelo Junio, Kat Larson, Laurel Fantauzzo, Ronaldo Wilson, Gina Osterloh, Jaime Woo, Patrick Henze (Patsy l'Amour laLove), and Miguel Libarnes.
Pinterest QSS Crowdsourcing Exhibition
Queer Sites and Sounds was made possible by the generous support of its sponsors.
For a full list of the sponsors, click here.