FUSE Magazine Launches Issue 35-3/Abolition!

Launch Party

Friday the 13th of July 2012
8:30PM – 2:00AM at the Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St W. Toronto
FB invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/391927530866850/

8:30PM Door & drink specials
9:00PM Anni Spadafora presents her sculpture Fuck Assimilation, on display all night at the Henhouse
10:30PM – 2:00AM That Time of the Month – R&B and Soul in the feminine gender by DJs Alex Molotkow and Chandler Levack
$5 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds) gets you a hot copy of FUSE!!

In this issue –

PAMELA PALMATER Forcing Our Hearts
LIAM SKINNER Rape Culture and Masculinity
FOLIE À DEUX On the Abolition of Gender
NASRIN HIMADA Living In a Place With No Prisons: On the Collaborative Artwork of Jackie Sumell and Herman Wallace
ROBYN MAYNARD Carceral Feminism

Projects by

SOME FEMINISTS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD Complicity, Objection, Castration, Recomposition

Reviews of

Cindy Sherman @ MoMA; A.K. BURNS and A.L. STEINER Community Action Center; Angad Singh Bhalla’s HERMAN’S HOUSE; This Will Have Been @ MCA CHICAGO; L’invention du sauvage @ MUSÉE DU QUAY BRANLY

Contributor Bios –

Pamela Palmater is a Mi’kmaw citizen and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick. She is the mother of two boys, Mitchell and Jeremy, and has been a practicing lawyer for 14 years, specializing in laws impacting Indigenous peoples. She is currently the Chair in Indigenous Governance and heads the Centre for Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University. She holds four university degrees, her most recent being a Doctorate of Law (JSD) from Dalhousie University. She was recently awarded the 2012 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Social Justice for her advocacy in Indigenous women’s issues.

Liam Skinner is currently enrolled in the Assaulted Women’s and Children’s Counselling Advocate Program (AWCCA) at George Brown College. He has been involved in community organizing for the past eight years as a DJ and promoter/fundraiser for a number of causes. During the summers, when Liam is not in school, he co-facilitates an arts-based therapeutic summer program for youth aged seven to thirteen called Guerilla12. During this program they explore topics of identity, community, gender, bullying and displacement, while supporting artistic expression and community-building across differences.

Whether through performance art, experimental video, photographs, recipes, interventions in gallery windows or creative/critical writing, Randy Lee Cutler’s practice explores the aesthetics of appetite and embodiment. She has authored numerous essays published in C Magazine, Pyramid Power, Fillip, Vancouver Art & Economies, Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture, FUSE, West Coast LINE, n.paradoxa, BlackFlash, Canadian Art and Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, on topics as diverse as digestion, truth-telling, orientalism, feminism, photography and social change. Originally from Montreal, she lives in Vancouver where she is an associate professor at Emily Carr University.

Magnolia Pauker is an educator, writer, and interviewer based in Vancouver. Her practice takes up the interview as a model for critical engagement, knowledge production and pedagogy. With a strong focus on feminism, especially as it informs art history and contemporary culture, Pauker is invested in emergent forms of knowing and living. Often working at the edges of philosophy and cultural studies, she is committed to engaging contemporary aesthetic and political events. She is associate editor at Fillip and Fellow at the European Graduate School, where she is writing her dissertation under the direction of Avital Ronell.

Some Feminists in Your Neighborhood is a group of women joined together through the mutual experience of patriarchy in supposedly radical political collectives and contexts. Together we have overcome our complicity in the abusive structures in which we were participants, found the solidarity that enabled us to object, and developed the means necessary to destroy those structures—through the castration performed by our withdrawal. We are now working on recomposition as we experiment with ways to struggle with one another that do not reproduce the patriarchy from which we separated. Our names are Colleen Asper, Maria Byck, Marika Kandelaki, Sunita Prasad and Martyna Starosta.

Folie à Deux is also known as shared psychotic disorder, a rare delusional disorder experienced by two or more people with close emotional ties. Most people diagnosed with folie à deux have been women, often sisters or close friends. The most famous of these were Christine and Léa Papin, French sisters who in 1933 murdered the bourgeois family who employed them as live-in maids. We are comrades with Hysteria. We believe in truth but not His truth.

Nasrin Himada is a writer, teacher and film programmer residing in Montreal. She is currently completing a PhD in the Interdisciplinary Program in Society and Culture at Concordia University. Nasrin sits on the editorial board of Inflexions: A Journal for Research-Creation, and Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy.

Mabel Negrete is a performance-research based artist and trouble maker who works with the Counter Narrative Society, a research unit that works to initiate counter narratives about bio-power, urbanism, culture and technology. The SHU is a major ongoing project of the CNS; it has been presented at the Occidental College (2012), Lost Coast Culture Machine (2011), University of San Francisco (2009), Mission Cultural Center for the Latino Art (2009) and the Mission Arts Performance Project (2008). The images included in FUSE 35-3 document a performance in the fields facing Corcoran State Prison, California (2009).

Robyn Maynard is a social justice activist and freelance writer working and living in Montreal. She works full-time in the community sector, in harm-reduction, and is part of various social justice campaigns surrounding sex work, migrant justice, racial profiling and police violence. She also co-hosts No One Is Illegal Radio’s monthly show.

Kirsty Robertson is an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art and Museum Studies in the Department of Visual Arts, Western University, Canada.

Jenna Danchuk is a writer, collagier and a 2012/2013 MA Candidate in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University who is interested in cultural memory, feminist art and modest mediums. She is currently writing extensively about the works of Toronto-based artist and zinester, GB Jones.

Konstantin Kilibarda is a writer, activist and PhD candidate at York University. Nahed Mansour is a Toronto-based visual artist and director of Mayworks Festival.

Lauren Cullen holds an MA from the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. Her work involves designing and constructing rugs that engage with her research on gender, sexuality and feminist art productivity. She has a background in theatre and has also trained as a furniture finisher in Halifax, NS. Lauren currently lives in Toronto.

Brenda Goldstein is a Canadian artist currently based in New York, where she is pursuing her MFA in Fine Art at Parsons, The New School for Design. Her recent sculptural work, The Negative Space of Capitalism: Remnants 259 W 39th Street, was exhibited at A Space Gallery Vitrines.




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