Mutation is a principle of imperfect copying. Our DNA contains instructions on both how to build a new life and on how to mutate, including what can mutate, how it mutates, how big the change is and how often mutation occurs. This instruction itself is also subject to mutation.
Some organisms mutate much faster than others. The common cold, for example, mutates at such a rate that it has proved difficult to find a cure. Are queers like the common cold? Are we adapting faster than we can be defined?
Come find out on Friday January 18th, 7:30pm @ the Bureau.
Below are the Madames of Mutation:
Heather M Acs is a theatre/performance artist, activist, curator, educator and high-femme troublemaker. Her work has been featured in festivals, theatres, galleries, conferences, and universities across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She is the Co-Producer of the Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow-a group that tours annually and creates performance-based cultural works and community events showcasing queer artists of all genders on a femme-inine spectrum, now in its fourth year. Heels on Wheels also hosts a monthly salon series in Brooklyn called the Opentoe Peepshow: Revealing New Work by Queer Artists. [heelsonwheelsroadshow.com] Film credits include Building No. 7, dir. Steven Soderbergh; blink, dir. Silas Howard;; Valencia (the movies): Chapter 9 based on the novel by Michelle Tea; and most recently, Sunset Stories, an official 2012 South by Southwest Selection. Heather is also a dedicated teaching artist, using theatre as a tool for social change with low-income youth in NYC public schools for over a decade.www.heatheracs.com
Damien Luxe is a Brooklyn-based queer femme liberationist artist, digital technologist, community organizer and activist who produces and performs political and participatory multimedia works at galleries, cabarets, festivals and literary events all over the US and Canada. D’Luxe’s work as a performer blurs lines between the body and communities, activism and art, and science and story. Her recent major works include: Exorcize, a satirical and serious healing aerobics program for all bodies; Hot Pink Mass, a church service for queers, perverts and ne’er-do-wells that invokes the femme deity Trisha; and Femmes Fight Back, an interactive installation honoring queer herstories and resisting the State.
Kelli Dunham (kellidunham.com) is everyone’s favorite ex-nun genderqueer nerd comic. Kelli was one of Velvet Park Magazine’s 25 Significant Queer Women of 2011 and was named to the 2012 Campus Pride Hotlist. Kelli was also given the The Fresh Fruit Festival Award for Distinction in stand-up comedy, although Kelli has never before or since been called distinguished. Kelli is the author of four books of humorous non-fiction, including two children’s books being used by Sonlight conservative home schooling association in their science curriculum. Her fifth book, Freak of Nurture, a collection is humorous essays is being released by Topside Press in Spring 2013.
Kelli was recently the expert on “What Is Normal” in the teenybopper periodical Twist, on a page facing a full color poster of Justin Beiber. There isn’t even a ironic statement to match that, it’s just strangely true.