“[With] things like body augmentation, you can find something that’s actually more real, which was my experience with electronic music and synthetic materials. That’s something I always want to try and communicate, deconstructing this idea of authenticity which you see so much in music industry especially. An acoustic or electric guitar is meant to signify authenticity, but it’s like, what’s the real relationship? It’s a symbol more than anything.”
“Part of me died here / so another could go on.”
∆ Audre Lorde, from The Black Unicorn: Poems
Unarcheology is a queer, anticolonial orientation that asks us to examine how texts, objects, artifacts, bodies, and histories have been dug up and narrated in service of particular, oppressive ideologies—what we might understand as a form of archeology. Informed by queer, anticolonial aesthetic practices like collage and autoethnography, unarcheology asks that we intentionally engage our poetics in service of putting back‚ or reburying, restoring complexity and dignity to those texts and subverting those oppressive ideologies. In this workshop, we will think through unarcheology's parameters and possibilities; examine poems, performances, and other texts which are using this method; and use research-based exercises to vision possible unarcheologies ourselves.
In order to build, we need to dream, and to be able to dream we need to accept the risk that we may fail, that things may hurt, that life is not and cannot be fair. In those murky waters is where the magic lies, the spirit that has carried our civilization.