Tag Archives: 09. AIDS Activist Video: The UK and Americas (1980s-1990s)

09. AIDS Activist Video: The UK and Americas (1980s-1990s)

“The point of departure of AIDS activist graphics is neither the studio nor the artist’s private vision, but AIDS activism. Social conditions are viewed from the perspective of the movement working to change them. AIDS activist art is grounded in the accumulated knowledge and political analysis of the AIDS crisis, produced collectively by the entire […]

Artery: The AIDS-Arts Forum

Artery Since the last World AIDS DAY, we’ve entered the Third Millenium and are on the brink of the third decade of the AIDS epidemic. The irony is that it’s clearer than ever that there are numerous AIDS epidemics, not just one. For many people with HIV/AIDS in the developed world, the situation has improved. […]

Riggs, Marlon. Tongues Untied. Herman Gray interview.

Available for the first time on home DVD on March 18th Tongues Untied shares fierce examples of homophobia and racism: the man refused entry to a gay bar because of his color; the college student left bleeding on the sidewalk after a gay-bashing; the loneliness and isolation of the drag queen. Yet they also affirm […]

Julien, Isaac. “Black Is, Black Ain’t” re open-endedness

Black is an open-ended identity. 255

Parmar, Pratibha. “That Moment of Emergence”

What we have been seeing in recent years is the development of a new politics of difference which states that we are not interested in defining ourselves in relation to someone else, nor are we simply articulating out cultural and secual differences. …We are creating a sense of ourselves and out place within different and […]

08. Transatlantic Black Popular Culture: UK and US (1980s-90s)

In direct dialogue with the post-structuralist, deconstructive work preceding it, black independent filmmaking and criticism added an anti-essentialist politics of race, nation, and ethnicity to these earlier traditions that had typically sought far and wide for an “other” located outside the Anglo-European context. “One issue at stake,” write Isaac Julien and Kobena Mercer, “is the […]

Riggs. Marlon. Tongues Untied DVD trailer

Available for the first time on home DVD on March 18th Tongues Untied shares fierce examples of homophobia and racism: the man refused entry to a gay bar because of his color; the college student left bleeding on the sidewalk after a gay-bashing; the loneliness and isolation of the drag queen. Yet they also affirm […]

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A blog about using new media in response to HIV/AIDS.

Greyson, John. “Strategic Compromises,” re history

The groundswell of independent videotapes addressing AIDS [are] within a rich history of social chang emedia and the “committed documentary,” one that dates back to the Bolshevik revolution, one that has born witness to the many other wars for social justice. 61

Greyson, J. “Strategic Compromises,” re expertise

Authority must be constituted by an “expert.” Television always speaks about AIDS from its mythical “outside” position of objectivity–even its so-called snesitive dramas about gay PWAs somehow always manage to erase any sense of being inside a community. It’s perhaps here that the greatest claims can be made for an “us” versus “them” position, if […]