How do those vital thinkers who are no longer with us live through? How do we even find the ones whose names we do not know and whose radical thoughts are not isolated to document or singly authored, but who live in our instincts? Here they are between mouth whispering and ear listening. The erotic is a force field of remembering. The aim of queer slow dance with radical thought is to build a transnational, digital-to-live queer archive by telematically and performatively transmitting as embodied, memorized text through slow dances, across global LGBTTIQQ2SA communities. Our intention is to build a networked body of archivist-librarian-performers working locally, site-specifically and telematically across great distances, and working in diverse languages.
queer slow dance with radical thought was conceived by Heather Hermant. Its first edition, The CLGA Edition, was conceived and performed by Heather Hermant and Alvis Parsley at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives for the 36th Rhubarb Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 2015, for CLGA Unarchived, curated by Cole Alvis and Jessica Carmichael. The second edition, The Water Edition, will be performed in Torshavn, Faroe Islands as part of Performance Studies International #21 Fluid States North Atlantic, Pantopia Telematic Encounters 2015. The Water Edition is conceived and performed by Heather Hermant, Alvis Parsley and Kaija Siirala.
Special thanks to HyunJu Ju, Laura Pardo, Serena Lee and Annette Krauss of The Read-In Collective, The Netherlands, and to Mari Matre Larsen and Kristien Van den Brande who perform with Mette Evardsen, whose project “Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine…” helped seed this idea.