Final Transmission: Performance Art and AIDS in Los Angeles

LADA is delighted to host an online book launch and discussion marking the publication of the 6th issue of NS*, “Final Transmission: Performance Art and AIDS in Los Angeles.

The last in a 6 volume archive of performance art and community in Los Angeles, “Final Transmission” is a book of intergenerational dialogue between artists, scholars and activists about what it means to transfer the skills, ideas and mysteries of performance through pandemic and crises.

Please join us on Saturday 1 May at 7pm (11am PST) for this special celebration. We will update this page shortly with further information about the event, and with links to pre-order the book.

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About 'Final Transmission'

In the summer of 2016, NS*, the performance art journal of Los Angeles, brought together 35 performance artists, scholars, and activists to discuss the impact of the ongoing AIDS crisis on queer communities and performance culture in Los Angeles. Throughout that four day event, (co-produced with Swissnex Sanfrancisco, Queer Biennial, and Zurich Moves), participants uncovered histories, myths and a deep well of emotion on both sides of the generational divide created by the epidemic. Final Transmission, Performance Art and AIDS in Los Angeles compiles those exchanges in a book that highlights the legacy of catastrophe on performance making in the context of the current pandemic.  

Contributors  to the book include: Pablo Alvarez Cruz, Benita Roth, Ty Geltmaker, Jamillah James, Nao Bustamante, Jennifer Doyle, Marcel Alcala, Mica Sigourney, Liss Lafleur, Daniel Hellman, Alexandra Juhasz, Dont Rhine, Chris Freeman, Jack Halberstam, Simone Aughterlony, Travis Read-Davidson, Bradon Drew Holmes, Raquel Gutiérrez, Andy Sacher, Robb Hernandez, Rafa Esparza, Sebastian Hernandez, Kenyon Farrow, Nathan Schocher, Keith Hennessy, Philip Littell, Ryka Aoki, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, Obidio Martinez, Marc Streit, Mark Cramer, Rubén Esparza, Stuart Sandford, DINO DINCO, Ron Athey, Zackary Drucker, Sheree Rose, iiia anxelin eleuia xochipilli, Tanya Rubbak and Brian Getnick.

Final Transmission is co-published by NS and LADA.

About NS

NS, the performance art journal of Los Angeles, is a 6 volume archive of performance art production in LA from 2011 to 2016. At the start NS was created to bring artists together at live performance events organised for the launch of each issue. NS directors Brian Getnick and Tanya Rubbak, conceive of the archiving function of NS as a platform for live exchanges between artists who were otherwise separated by LA’s vast terrain and the insular quality of its many vital scenes. The first five issues were organised around performance modalities; satire, dance, ritual, activism, and sound. Their last issue, Final Transmission, Performance Art and AIDS in Los Angeles is about how performance makers process history, legacy, and myth in the wake of catastrophe.

*Formerly Known as “Native Strategies LA

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Design by Tanya Rubbak

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