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It would be nice to do something political (AIS 22)

Dismembering and Remembering: Arts Practice, Documentary Film, and Transsexual Theorizing
SUSAN STRYKER
Dismembering and Remembering: Arts Practice, Documentary Film, and Transsexual Theorizing
The work I do does not, strictly speaking and somewhat to my chagrin, make me an artist in this, our fragmented era of specialized, professionalized identities. But I find myself re-membering many things that have been dis-membered, and I see an artistry of sorts in that practice.
I am un-disciplined, literally: educated as an historian but rarely working in that field. I don’t think of this loss of disciplinarity as a lack, because I am positively attracted to ruptured boundaries, like collapsed organic membranes rotting in the compost heap, whose disintegration solicits and sustains new life. I feel most vital when occupying margins and their aftermaths.
I’ve dabbled with art practices, been loathe to seem a dilettante yet unable to calm my curious mind or stay my itchy fingers. I have no formal arts training. A little spoken word, a little performance, some installation work, a bit of creative writing published in obscure ‘zines, a few big projects that never got off the ground - that’s the extent of my artist’s resume, though I once got paid for scripting a digital multimedia project at the Guggenheim, and I was featured in Monika Treut’s film Gendernauts. I owe it all, in a way, to my transsexuality.