Sister Lotti Da

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
expiating stigmatic guilt & promulgating universal joy
a ministry of public manifestation & habitual perpetuation
dedicated to the personal & collective enlightenment of all

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What is Undetectable?

UPDATE: I’ve optimized the graphic, and [re]uploaded a smaller version[—hopefully it will play better on phones—hopefully it will play period], though as these gifs still aren’t playing fluidly on all platforms… i’ll keep exploring…? 
I noticed the ones I posted earlier kinda play, but are super ‘glitchy’ [especially on my phone] … 
just a side note: I am totally self-taught and figure all this out by trial and error… (lots of error), so if anyone has insight or ideas, I’m always open and appreciative)
[… & while this graphic was originally created for, and useful in, informing our collective process; I wanted to salvage the hours of work [pride] it represents by using it now in support the tumblr presence at whatisundetectable …]

Here is another animated.gif I made while working on the graphics crew of the Undetectable Collective… we had pretty much decided/discovered this [animated.gif] platform didn’t allow enough versatility or ‘end user control’ to be as ‘text heavy’ as we were wanting it (without generating enormous files—you may have to watch this piece a couple of times to read everything).

However, within the context of this particular gif/piece—and where we were at at this point in time—I was inspired to play with the image of the cross hairs of a scope, [eg. periscope/microscope/telescope/gun-scope] searching for HIV [as in the ‘criminalization” piece]—here in tandem with a single HIV Virus ‘impregnating’ and ‘turning’ a ‘negative sign’ ‘positive’ [… then illustrating the need/relationship for strict compliance of medication regimes and the industrialized siphoning of billions of dollars].

Such a wonderful group of folks to go exploring with; and as we were still exploring different visual ideas, there was plenty of room for us to play… [we were digging the emergence of the ‘band-aid’ as a symbol, appreciating straight-forward information/text—as we continued to explore the intersections of ‘negative’, ‘positive’ and ‘undetectable’: as words and as symbols … [and so on, so forth, etc., et al., blah blah blah—waxing poetic about process; exciting.]
   see also:
NYPL
whatisundetectable

What is Undetectable?

UPDATE: I’ve optimized the graphic, and [re]uploaded a smaller version[—hopefully it will play better on phones—hopefully it will play period], though as these gifs still aren’t playing fluidly on all platforms… i’ll keep exploring…? 

I noticed the ones I posted earlier kinda play, but are super ‘glitchy’ [especially on my phone] … 

just a side note: I am totally self-taught and figure all this out by trial and error… (lots of error), so if anyone has insight or ideas, I’m always open and appreciative)

[… & while this graphic was originally created for, and useful in, informing our collective process; I wanted to salvage the hours of work [pride] it represents by using it now in support the tumblr presence at whatisundetectable …]

Here is another animated.gif I made while working on the graphics crew of the Undetectable Collective… we had pretty much decided/discovered this [animated.gif] platform didn’t allow enough versatility or ‘end user control’ to be as ‘text heavy’ as we were wanting it (without generating enormous files—you may have to watch this piece a couple of times to read everything).

However, within the context of this particular gif/piece—and where we were at at this point in time—I was inspired to play with the image of the cross hairs of a scope, [eg. periscope/microscope/telescope/gun-scope] searching for HIV [as in the ‘criminalization” piece]—here in tandem with a single HIV Virus ‘impregnating’ and ‘turning’ a ‘negative sign’ ‘positive’ [… then illustrating the need/relationship for strict compliance of medication regimes and the industrialized siphoning of billions of dollars].

Such a wonderful group of folks to go exploring with; and as we were still exploring different visual ideas, there was plenty of room for us to play… [we were digging the emergence of the ‘band-aid’ as a symbol, appreciating straight-forward information/text—as we continued to explore the intersections of ‘negative’, ‘positive’ and ‘undetectable’: as words and as symbols … [and so on, so forth, etc., et al., blah blah blah—waxing poetic about process; exciting.]

   see also:

NYPL

whatisundetectable

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Undetectable Flash Collective

From NYPL.org
"Undetectable" NYPL InstallationIn order to foster a community conversation about HIV and AIDS in dialogue with the Library’s major archives on the history of the AIDS crisis, The New York Public Library is hosting a project to create site-specific installations in four library branches—across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island—that explore the ways that HIV and AIDS are currently affecting these local New York City communities. Fifteen artists, writers, and advocates answered the call to participate in a series of Flash Collective workshops with Avram Finkelstein. Over the course of two months they met to discuss the current challenges faced by people living with HIV, as well as the challenges in HIV prevention. 
A major theme that emerged in their conversations was the ways that current advances in HIV treatment and prevention may relate to stigmatization, economics, and treatment agendas. Based on these conversations, they designed a poster installation for four library branches, an outreach post card, and a blog to continue their conversation under the name of the Undetectable Collective.
Their work will be on view this October through December at the Hunt’s PointJefferson MarketSt. George, and Washington Heights branches.  See each branch’s homepage for location and hours. Please come see the exhibition and take a postcard.
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What Is Undetectable?

I was thrilled to participate in the “Undetectable Collective” collaboration between NYPL & Visual AIDS … Together we developed and designed an installation for four NYPL branches … more information on this to follow in the days to come…
Here is the introduction for the NYPL’s original call for artists…

In conjunction with the WHY WE FIGHT: Remembering AIDS Activism exhibition, The New York Public Library will be hosting a project to create site-specific installations in four library branches—across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island—that explore the ways that HIV and AIDS are currently affecting these local New York City communities. The Library is putting out a call for artists, writers, and activists to participate in the project.”

There were 15 of us and we met over several weeks creating and debating and exploring… eventually an informative, interesting and elegant lenticular installation was born.  Truly an exciting and beautiful installation exploring some of the implications of “Undectability”. 

The installation is slated for launch the first week of October in the following four NYPL Branches: 
Jefferson Market Library 
Hunt’s Point Library
St. George Library Center
Hamilton Grange Library

… and I am so excited, I just cant hide it …

We put in place a web component here on tumblr to help facilitate the discussion we hope to instigate:  whatisundetectable

I thought I might revisit this and gauge people’s interest by posting one of the early animated gifs I created for the project (to inspire discourse). 
 
With the global implication of increased criminalization of HIV / AIDS and HIV stigma permeating local legislature, I felt this was a compelling topic.

What does “Undetectable” mean to you?



From the “What is Undectable,” tumblr page

whatisundetectable

What Is Undetectable?
A Call for Contributions.
Qué es Indetectabillidad?
Esta es una convocatoria para las contribuciones.



What Is Undetectable? A call for articles, opinions, personal stories, visual art, and other content that seeks to explore this question as well as how we relate to undetectability as sero-negative/positive/undetectable people.
Given undetectability’s fluidly-defined nature in tandem with socioeconomic barriers severely limiting access, and the varying levels of acknowledgement regarding effective treatment … understandably we may have many different relationships to “undetectability”.
A wide variety of perspectives are sought.
Suggested topics include: storytelling of personal experiences; undetectability & stigma; the pharmaceutical industry, profit & undetectability; undetectability & medical autonomy; transmission rates & risk reduction; undetectability & cruising; racial & class barriers [in relation] to undetectability.
We welcome contributions that explore the intersection of undetectability with other issues or topics besides these as well.
Contributions can be submitted directly via whatisundetectable, either anonymously or with your “name” attached.
Contributions can also be emailed to whatisundetectable@gmail.com
whatisundetectable
What Is Undetectable?
I was thrilled to participate in the “Undetectable Collective” collaboration between NYPL & Visual AIDS … Together we developed and designed an installation for four NYPL branches … more information on this to follow in the days to come…
Here is the introduction for the NYPL’s original call for artists…
In conjunction with the WHY WE FIGHT: Remembering AIDS Activism exhibition, The New York Public Library will be hosting a project to create site-specific installations in four library branches—across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island—that explore the ways that HIV and AIDS are currently affecting these local New York City communities. The Library is putting out a call for artists, writers, and activists to participate in the project.”
There were 15 of us and we met over several weeks creating and debating and exploring… eventually an informative, interesting and elegant lenticular installation was born.  Truly an exciting and beautiful installation exploring some of the implications of “Undectability”. 
The installation is slated for launch the first week of October in the following four NYPL Branches: 

Jefferson Market Library 

Hunt’s Point Library

St. George Library Center

Hamilton Grange Library

… and I am so excited, I just cant hide it …
We put in place a web component here on tumblr to help facilitate the discussion we hope to instigate:  whatisundetectable
I thought I might revisit this and gauge people’s interest by posting one of the early animated gifs I created for the project (to inspire discourse).
 
With the global implication of increased criminalization of HIV / AIDS and HIV stigma permeating local legislature, I felt this was a compelling topic.
What does “Undetectable” mean to you?

From the “What is Undectable,” tumblr page
whatisundetectable
What Is Undetectable?
A Call for Contributions.
Qué es Indetectabillidad?
Esta es una convocatoria para las contribuciones.

What Is Undetectable? A call for articles, opinions, personal stories, visual art, and other content that seeks to explore this question as well as how we relate to undetectability as sero-negative/positive/undetectable people.

Given undetectability’s fluidly-defined nature in tandem with socioeconomic barriers severely limiting access, and the varying levels of acknowledgement regarding effective treatment … understandably we may have many different relationships to “undetectability”.

A wide variety of perspectives are sought.

Suggested topics include: storytelling of personal experiences; undetectability & stigma; the pharmaceutical industry, profit & undetectability; undetectability & medical autonomy; transmission rates & risk reduction; undetectability & cruising; racial & class barriers [in relation] to undetectability.

We welcome contributions that explore the intersection of undetectability with other issues or topics besides these as well.

Contributions can be submitted directly via whatisundetectable, either anonymously or with your “name” attached.

Contributions can also be emailed to whatisundetectable@gmail.com

whatisundetectable

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I had such a transformative, wonderful time in Vermont visiting the Shady Lady Grove, preparing, celebrating (& recovering from) the wonderous wedding of Meredith & Trees-ah. The garden, the stream, the magic, the grrls… so many good people, was it all a dream? During most of the defore, during and after, I was running around… but found some time to snap some quiet pictures.

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Bestowing the Blessings of Water at the wedding of Meredith Muse & Trees-ah 
photo by Emma Rowe  [ instagramed ]

Bestowing the Blessings of Water at the wedding of Meredith Muse & Trees-ah
photo by Emma Rowe [ instagramed ]

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Just finished a magical meandering trip traversing the coast of Maine with my beautiful, couragous cousins Kendra and Jinx. We spent time on the sailboat Mimi Rose with gracious Colin, Anne and Pepper (and the effervescent Maye). It was a wondrous time of exploration and discovery, community and comrades.
The sea is such a magical, mysterious place… perhaps I hear her calling in the dawn; as to what awaits, only She might tell.

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The Charles James exhibit @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I was amazed and astonished at the brilliance of Charles James’ genius, celebrating architectural design and creating embodiments of that most sacred intersection where classical aesthetic and contemporary art merge into something timeless (all executed flawlessly by a true [master] vanguard of style). jaw-dropping.

What a treasure.

Closes tomorrow.

Breathless.

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I’m always a little shocked my band-mates wanna hang with me; they are so rad and yet make me feel as if I belong to something—which is amazing.

We were super thrilled and honored Transgendered Jesus was a part of the 26th Anniversary Show for the Tompkins Square Riots FREE Concert Series in the park this weekend.  We played Saturday afternoon and had one hell of a good time.  Anne continues to astound me with her brilliant punk presence, mega-heart-rock-star-vibe and true-rock-n-roll soul.

Even though we hadn’t played in some time, we all had such a blast, which seemed quite contagious to the crowd—I so love being a part of this band.  I also love this park… with a magnificent history rich in movements, mayhem, and marches—Tompkins Square Park is one of my favorites.  

While we were just here 6 weeks ago launching yet another gorgeous Drag March, celebrating the 1969 Stonewall Riots, Queer Rebellion, Revolution and Solidarity (… and perhaps more commonly known in our current cultural memory).  In the context of only the Stonewall Riots, however, witnesses and participants in the Drag March might wonder why we begin in Tompkins Square Park.  And the answer is in the Park’s unique history.  

Since its beginnings, Tompkins Square Park has served as: a default shelter for homeless and marginalized people; a centeral location to labor and protest organizing; and specifically the Tompkins Square Riots of 1988 and the Tompkins Square Riot of 1874

I had such a blast dancing and acting out on stage, making a fool of myself and totally letting go.  Performing with TJ felt like returning someplace important, thrilling and alive.  A place liminial and unique and always fleetingly endless.  

After our set, dear Susan came up and introduced herself.  She was so charming, kind and flattering—and then she mentioned she was one of the folks arrested and harassed in the ‘88 riots. She proceeded to tell us her story of the evening’s events.  We all listened wide eyed and eared as she recounted a unique aspect of our dear city’s history.  How important are these stories?  I felt hers sink in and take root, as if for life, within my memory.

Stories of such accounts are so fragile and often lost.  [How much courage must it have taken for her to approach me, all tall and sweaty?]  She was sweet and soft and kind, eager and shy.  I will hold those moments as tenderly as I hold any… for they are rare and make us rich beyond dreams.

After the show I am wiped, it’s a non-stop, high-octane freak-show dance-fest for me (in heels).  So after chatting with Susan, I decided to grab a seat in the shade and catch my breath.  As I walked, I noticed a group of police officers standing off to the side of the park—all standing uncomfortably with arms folded across their chests.  In the mix of the uniformed officers was my old Community Affairs Drag March organizing friend ‘Det. H.’  

Still jacked on love endorphins from performing, I marched over to say ”hi’, forgetting I was wearing little more than panties and garters (which, in truth, he’s seen me in less as he’s helped with a decade or more of Drag Marches).

 Anywho, I bopped over in my go-go-boots and fishnets, the tension grew thicker and thicker with every step.  (Det. H recognized me, and his body visibly stiffened.) … At about this same time I had the overwhelming urge to turn tail and run—but I had launched and been spotted—I was well past the point of no return.

I approached laughing, shaking my head while sticking out my hand, once again adopting the elegant fool as diplomat.  (pretending not to notice the molasses of malaise miring us all.)

"How ya doing Det. H," I offered?

"I didn’t recognize you up there," he said.

I replied something to the effect of “Well I gotta keep ‘em guessing, keep mixing it up”, suddenly remembering I had just choked myself to death with a police baton [on stage: among other radical acts of demonstration art and theatre…] at a demonstration/event/concert commemorating a riot the NYPD is condemned for instigating…  Awkward washed over me with the force of a flood.

Det. H was as warm and endearing as the moment would allow, while his arms quickly returned to guarding his chest the moment our handshake was complete.  He continued to offer quick smiles even as his eyes darted to his companions, searching, seeking signs indicative of their interpretation of our interaction.

myself was distracted by the overwhelming feeling of being a fish out  of water in a bicycle race on Mars—focusing on Det. H’s words, while processing his motions as we swam together in this social sinkhole of yuck.  

Our connection and history somehow sustained us, however, keeping us afloat.  The diplomatic fool made some self-effacing comments garnishing a sprinkle of chuckles from the peanut gallery.  Laughter as our catalyst and beacon, we seemed to simultaneous return to each other, lucid and clear eyed.  Our hands shot out to clasp each other, sealing the moment and, gratifyingly setting us free.  

Oh these moments in our lives, one right after the other, amazing and delightful, awkward and beautiful.  

Everyone wished everyone else well, smiled and separated.

Being an Edge Walker I’ve never felt I belonged with just one group; often I find myself embedded in communities alien to my upbringing, gender or creed.  Somehow this has translated into organizing.  I’m most comfortable in a mixed-up mash-up of existence and experience, paradigms and paradox (often requiring hyphens).  This is home to me. Perhaps this is why I inherently seek out ‘foolish diplomacy’—dancing this human condition of graceful isolation within all belonging.  We are alive in the Milky Way after all.  The Idea that Self is Separate is silly—(It amounts to suicidal brain-washing).

We are stardust.  We now know this.  

We are interconnected. We now know this.  

We are unique and continuous. This we now know.  

I love Tompkins Square Park.  It reminds me of this, and more.  

This I now know.

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The 2014 Drag March[entering its 21st year], was so much fun, and really big. Every year it is a challenge to get all the differently diverse people, from a plethora of places and paradigms (including the NYPD), all together in complete solidarity and fabulousity… carving and celebrating a safe space, inclusive and incredible—and so worth the work.  ["you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one…"]

Every year we gather in Tompkins Square Park, before sunset, on the Friday before Manhattan’s Heritage of Pride march, (essentially June’s last Friday), and then we march west to the Stonewall Inn.  (For many this symbolically ties the Tompkins Square riots with the Stonewall riots.)

The Drag March was dreamed up by Gilbert Baker and Brian Griffin (aka Harmonie Moore of the Church Ladies for Choice), after reading a press release regarding Stonewall’s 25th Anniversary Celebration 'asking' that Drag Queens, Leather-men (and other marginalized LGBT queers) forgo attending, or at least adorning their “Drag” in efforts to better present ‘the public’ with a more homogenized,  hetero-normative ideal.  

As Brian & Gilbert sewed a giant rainbow flag (of Gilbert’s design) for the very celebrations they were seemingly being dissuaded from attending… Gilbert and Brian (aka Harmonie Moore) hatched an idea to instigate the first Drag March—they created flyers, organized and endeavored and thousands showed up to be visible in all their fiercest queer finery.  

Though a leaderless event, the Drag March has always been rich with communication, sharing ideas and diverse partnerships invoking inclusion, mirth, solidarity and celebration.  Over the years many different individuals have planned, championed and lovingly cared for the Drag March alongside [original] groups like the Church Ladies for Choice and the Radical Faeries, to [more recently] the NYC (dis)Order of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Any-who-which-way-or-other, here are some photos of sister-lotti-da from this year’s Drag March march, I was pretty busy herding and coordinating all the amazing Queens, Kings, otherwise and in-betweens along w/ NYPD’s finest.  (a huge thank you to Det. H. who has long been a Drag March champion and super swell guy.)

Needless to say, i didn’t take any photos… but these images of Sr. Lotti Da made their way to me, so I’ll use them as an excuse (however narcissistic) to have a Dear Diary moment…  =)

& on the Drag March horizon … there is a short and sweet spell of a poetic video [created with AsobiNY’s Rico Noguchi] coming soon… ;-)

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☆♡☆☆♡☆☆♡☆☆♡☆☆♡☆☆♡☆☆♡☆

 It’s the Drag March! 

☆ Tomorrow Night! 

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014
TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK  (7pm gather)
March to STONEWALL Inn   (8pm march begins)
Come Feel the LOVE!!!

☆♡☆☆♡☆☆♡☆☆♡☆☆♡☆☆♡☆☆♡☆

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BIG JOY: The Adventures of James Broughton
FREE Screening
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 6 p.m.
NYPL
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium 

In honor of LGBT history month, please join us on June 18th at 7pm in South Court Auditorium of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building as we celebrate the DVD release of BIG JOY: The Adventures of James Broughton. 

James Broughton is the most famous, inspiring, and interesting poet you might never have heard of. Born in Modesto California in 1913, Broughton lived in San Francisco most of his life, made 23 wildly different experimental films and wrote 23 books, mostly poetry. He received a special award for poetic cinema from Jean Cocteau in the 1950’s, made the quintessential hippie film, “The Bed,” in the 1960’s, and became a bard of Gay Liberation in the 1970’s and 80’s. 
BIG JOY is a stunning exploration of and tribute to his life and work. 

There will be a reception before the screening from 6-7pm with an opportunity to view some of Broughton’s own films.

"A wonderful movie that every independent spirit should see and be inspired by."
~ Justin Vivian Bond

Special Guest Justin Vivian Bond will welcome us to the screening and introduce the film; after, esteemed film scholars (and Broughton colleagues) Jon Gartenberg, Jim Hubbard & Robert Haller join us for a discussion of Broughton’s life and the film.

FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/258810040972770/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

www.bigjoy.org.

FREE and open to the Public. 
Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-joy-the-adventures-of-james-broughton-tickets-11835290673

NYPL website
http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2014/06/18/big-joy-adventures-james-broughton