Queer Crit Potluck

Dear Starship,

Queer Crit Potluck is an interdisciplinary critique class that employs queer theory to discuss each student’s work. Each class includes a dinner break for a changing potluck of shared meals. Sharing and providing meals for one another extends the critical conversation beyond the direct interrogations of the art object to engaging the ideas over kitchen tasks and the bounty of our culinary creations. Through eating, cooking and critiquing we dance upon the content, theory and construction of community within a queer discourse. Like Emma Goldman, we don’t want to be a part of a revolution without joy.

We queer subjects and objects through the centers and peripheries of our fluid social, political and animal identities. This semester we talked about nature around the dinner table; the fig wasp and it’s cycle, the caterpillar migration for the sphinx moth, succulents and desert blooms, coyotes in the back yard. Films, television and our different obsessions with actors and blogs have provided a playful set of references for our conversations about the failures of understanding. Our meals are as much about the ideas that they deliver as the actual food that lays before us. Some have brought family dishes to share with them and the cultural context becomes the conversation; Louis’ deeply pungent enchiladas, a Mardi Gras feast complete with King Cake, or the spare water pea and corn soup that Ace cooked for herself when her parents were working late.

The copy of the magazine Elle I found in the dentist’s office has a “Recipe for Success” column. For its simplistic demographic, this is not a joke. For the artists in Queer Crit Potluck—keenly aware of the pressures for fame and financial success in the cultural field—such recipes can only be received with a critical distance. For Starship, rather than collect recipes from the class, we will make a series of instructions for what we bring to the table, metaphorically. What will follow are individual recipes, starter packs, invocations and even a hex to protect your space.

These sets of instructions refuse assimilation to be more inclusive of class, racial, biographical, language and hybrid identities as they produce difference and discourse. Lately, feminism has been embraced on the runway from Chanel to Dior, it is clear that the language of the politics of the personal has been co-opted as a mainstream style trend. The revival of Alix Dobkin’s 1970s lesbian separatist slogan “The Future Is Female” has been adopted by multiple genders and ages and I doubt that many remember (or ever knew) either the fierceness of its angry demand or the radicality of its proposal. Perhaps that is just the problem and the source of our alienation; one-size feminism does not fit all—it never did. The queer crit exists so we can talk about it from all our different positions—from under the rock, lounging about with our elbows on the table and sneaking into the room from around the corner.

Much Love,


Queer Crit Potluck at the Faculty of Photography, Cal Arts
Boz Daid (above), Tyler Lum (below)
Josh Winklholfer (above), Blake Jacobsen (below)
Giselle Morgan (above), Ace Shi (below)
Louis Coy (above), Jennifer Green (below)
AJ Strout (above), Vickie Aravindhan (below)
Starship 16: Cover Klara Liden
  1. Cover print Klara Liden
  2. Editorial 16 Starship, Henrik Olesen, Nikola Dietrich, Martin Ebner, Gerry Bibby, Ariane Müller
  3. In this issue Starship
  4. Interview with Leo Bersani, Berkeley, Oct. 1995 Katja Diefenbach, Leo Bersani
  5. Untitled (Flat finish) Michael Krebber
  6. Man sagte mir, dass das Leben schmerzhaft sei ... Cornelia Herfurtner, David Iselin-Ricketts, John Allan MacLean
  7. Karl Holmqvist Starship 16 Karl Holmqvist
  8. Auf der Flucht vor der neuen Dringlichkeit Hans-Christian Dany
  9. Nilpferdkönig Tenzing Barshee
  10. Animal Farm Karl Holmqvist
  11. I started this column a million times Eric D. Clark
  12. Score for Possible Performance (Alonesome and Twosome for Two or Four Players) Michèle Graf, Selina Grüter
  13. Those ornamentals and these accidentals never they will meet Francesca Drechsler
  14. Access cont'd John Beeson
  15. Cut you down to size Robert Meijer
  16. Things Mercedes Bunz
  17. Die Welt geht unter Amelie von Wulffen
  18. Way Beyond The Pale— (An) Itinerant(’s) Meanderings Scott Cameron Weaver
  19. Mongiardino Christopher Müller
  20. Why the military should be the first client of art Robert McKenzie, Peter Fend
  21. Giraffe Birth Leidy Churchman
  22. Photos: Heinz Peter Knes – Words: Sokol Ferizi Heinz Peter Knes, Sokol Ferizi
  23. Nach dem Referendum / Over Time Pt. 2 Florian Zeyfang
  24. La femme nouvelle Nadira Husain
  25. Being invisible is the new cool? Stephanie Fezer, Vera Tollmann
  26. Octavia E. Butler Octavia E. Butler
  27. A.E.R.I.P. Mark von Schlegell
  28. BOandI Monika Kalinauskaitė
  29. Bonnie Camplin Bonnie Camplin
  30. No Gerry Bibby
  31. U.I. Matthew Billings
  32. G. Luke Williams, Natasha Soobramanien
  33. Refound Poetry Evelyn Taocheng Wang
  34. Ein Auswandererroman Ariane Müller
  35. Comedy of Reading Katrin Trüstedt
  36. Mr. Palomar's Vacation Jakob Kolding, Søren Andreasen
  37. The Scrapbooks of Teruo Nishiyama Jay Chung, Q Takeki Maeda
  38. Reality Workshop David Bussel
  39. Queer Crit Potluck Kaucyila Brooke, Louis Coy, Boz David, Jennifer Green, Blake Jacobsen, Tyler Lumm, Giselle Morgan, Ace Shi, Vickie Aravindhan, AJ Strout, Josh Winklholfer
  40. – Xorri, didn’t get the memo # Hey Majorca! Julian Göthe
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