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A PechaKucha talk on queer art and Christian supremacy

2017 . 12 . 11 - Comments / Commentaires (6)

PechaKucha is a format for talks that was invented by architects in Japan who were looking for an easy way to deal with that one speaker at the conference who goes on and on, never stopping to notice whether or not their audience is interested. PechaKucha allows each presenter 20 slides which advance automatically after 20 seconds, meaning that the talks never go over 6 minutes and 40 seconds. They’re a way for people to share ideas and connect with their community via a deliciously speedy package.

I originally presented this talk last week at a PechaKucha Night in Lambertville, New Jersey, and I recorded this version of the presentation at my studio to share with you, my Internet community!

If you’re a Christian, please get to know Soulforce and the work they do. And if you’re confused by how I can be queer while also being a cis woman whose partner is a cis man, then here’s the quick explanation: the term “queer” means “not heterosexual” or “not heteronormative” and it’s as much a political identity as a sexual one. I hope you’ll take this opportunity to do more of your own research about the term!

Gwenn Seemel speaking in Lambertville

photo by David

I do a lot of speaking about my art, but it’s almost always about how I run my business or why copyright is bad. Talking about something more personal like this was a challenge for me, and, though I’m glad I did it, I’m still not sure how I feel about it. And the fact that I’m far more comfortable sharing the talk with my Web community than I was to do it for the New Jersey and Pennsylvania audience who showed up the other night is totally weirding me out!

Gwenn Seemel

Gwenn Seemel
acrylic on bird’s eye
19 x 23 inches

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Trump as Hello Kitty

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Hello Sh*tty, available in a White House near you! (Grab him by his pussy.)
acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches

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(6) Comments / Commentaires: A PechaKucha talk on queer art and Christian supremacy

-- libby fife -- 2017 . 12 . 11 --


I didn’t catch whether or not you allowed the church to use that image.

When you sort through your thoughts on speaking to the live audience versus your web audience will you be writing about that? I would be interested to know what you think.

I think (and hope) that most of us want to be seen in all of our complexity. The harder thing is to accept that complexity in other people and to understand that we are all a family.

I really hope the talk went well. Your messages are important for a larger audience, including your friends and neighbors where you live. You are “living your message” when you stand up before them and speak. Go Gwenn!


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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 12 . 11 --

@Libby: Ya, this talk is essentially my answer to the church that wanted to license the piece. It’s fleshed out a bit, but it’s basically what I told them. I said that I wouldn’t try to stop them if they just grabbed off the Web and used it anyway, but that I would prefer that they didn’t do that. And then I sent them the Soulforce link.

As for the audience issue, I’m pretty sure that it has to do with trust. I may have never met you in person, but over the years I’ve gotten to know you and many of the people who comment regularly and support my art. I know we can talk about things and, when you disagree with what I’m saying or don’t understand it, you question me with the context of many conversations behind your question. Does that make sense?

Also, I have my trolls on the Web, but, when people say and do weird things to you in person, it’s very confronting. There were two incidents at the event on Friday that were uncomfortable. Though they were tame compared to what people have said to me online, they impacted me because it was a person who was standing in front of me, human-to-human as it were, choosing to ignore my humanity.

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-- Linda Ursin -- 2017 . 12 . 11 --

I think I would do the same. I can’t stop them from using my art for things like these but I prefer that they don’t.

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 12 . 12 --

@Linda: There’s only so much brainspace and time!

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-- Libby Fife -- 2017 . 12 . 13 --


I think what you are saying is that our history together of exchanging comments, of online “conversations” helps in our interactions. It must be much harder in person talking with someone when you don’t really have an idea where they are coming from. I bet assumptions get made to fill in the gaps, maybe getting things off to a bad start. And I bet it was terribly confrontational to have people right in front of you saying things that were likely hurtful. That’s hard. Your messages are important though (doesn’t mean you should get abused while getting them out) so I know you will keep at it. It sucks that not everyone plays fairly.

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 12 . 13 --

@Libby: You’re the best! smile

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