Robert Summers
Since 2003
Works in Los Angeles, California United States of America

BIO
Robert Summers is working on a manuscript tentatively tilted “Queer Visual Tactics: Aesthetics, Politics, Ethics,” which is being supported by the generous grants from the University of California Humanities Research Institute's California Studies Initiative and UCLA's Center for the Study of Women.
Recently he chaired a panel, “Intersectional Queer Visualities,” at annual AAH conference in the UK, and he will be co-chairing a panel on "Queer Relationality" at the annual CAA conference in the US.
Summers has presented papers on live art and queer and feminist visualities. He has presented papers on panels and has chaired panels nationally and internationally.
Summers is a faculty member at Otis College of Art -- where he teaches modern, contemporary, visual culture, performance and body, and video art.
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OPPORTUNITY

Call for Papers: Intersectional Queer Visualities


Deadline:
Mon Nov 10, 2008 00:00

Intersectional Queer Visualities -- Panel at the AAH Conference 2009 -- http://www.aah.org.uk

Michael du Plessis, University of Southern California
duplessi@usc.edu

Robert Summers, University of California, Los Angeles
robtsum@ucla.edu

This session will highlight different articulations of art-historical understandings of subject/object relations, theory, and visuality as those terms themselves have been transformed through an intersection with “queer.” We wish to trace passages to critical thinkers (e.g., Derrida, Cixous, Deleuze, Rancière, Nancy, Agamben, Ettinger, among others) and the modalities of their projects—and to ask what “queer” practices can, or have, emerge from such critical and creative crossovers into art history? How have theories on, and around, the visual by these critical thinkers working outside of art history been “queered” and put to work in the practice of “(un-)doing” art history—which is to ask how has the discipline of art history become un-disciplined, “queered”? Furthermore, how is “queer” in theory and visuality thought differently when further intersected with post-colonial theories and/or feminisms? Indeed, how has “queer” been (re-) opened to issues such as race, ethnicity, the nation-state, and sexual difference? How have these multiple intersections with “queer” and/in art history transformed it? Do such multiple crossings, thinkings, and doings by way of creative connections and intersections radically change the project and trajectory of art history as a discipline—if only in some of its modes and movements? If so, then what are the ramifications for the future/s of art history and its institutions? These are some of the questions that we want to explore in this session.


OPPORTUNITY

Embodied Queer


Deadline:
Fri Jun 20, 2008 00:00

Proposal for the LA Queer Studies Conference Panel: October 2009

“Embodied Queer Theory: Living a Queer Life”
Moderator: Robert Summers, PhD/ABD

This proposed panel sets out to explore subjects who perform their lived body, as a modality of queer theory, on the level of the everyday. As opposed to certain strands within queer theory that remain abstract, and thus disembodied, a close examination of lived subjects, past or present—for example, the dandy, Claude Cahun, Baroness Elsa, Arthur Craven, McDermott and McGough, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz, Kathy Acker, William Burroughs, Vaginal Davis, or others—will be explored, and an articulation of how one has, or does, enact “queerness” will be foregrounded.

Some questions to be asked: By whom, and how, is (proto-)queer theory being done, enacted through the body? What “queer” practices existed in the past that are now being enacted in the present? What does it mean to live, enact a queer life on a daily basis—and is this even possible? Further, it is hoped that as opposed to being prescriptive and articulating “how to be queer,” the panelists, via the presentation of specific subjectivities, will gesture toward “living queerly” as an on-going and creative process, which, it is hoped, will open up queer theory as a daily practice of enacting queerness in and through the body, and, finally, what the political, ethical, and/or aesthetic consequences are to “living queerly” in a normative society. Indeed, both historical and contemporary subjectivities will be explored. Submissions from the fields of anthropology, art, art history, comparative literature, English, history, theater and performance, and other fields are welcomed. Proposals that further open up—and even complicate—the questions asked above are more than welcomed.

Please submit a 250-word proposal to Robert Summers at robtsum@gmail.com by June 20, 2008. If you have any questions and/or concerns, then please email me at robtsum@gmail.com


EVENT

Re: Telic Arts Exchange: Queer Performance / Video


Dates:
Wed Jun 06, 2007 00:00 - Sat Sep 08, 2007

Los Angeles: Telic Arts Exchange: http://www.telic.info

"Porca Miseria" by Lee Adams will be screening at the Telic Arts Exchange, Los Angeles on Saturday 22nd September. 2:00pm - 3:00pm in a queer performance video programme curated by Robert Summers

Also screening are videos by SUPERM (Slava Mogutin & Brian Kenny), Vaginal Davis, and others.

Theme of the curated event by Robert Summers: "Showing Shame: Shameless Showing"

The selected videos show various enactments of the artists and/or their friends performing themselves in acts of shame. With regard to "queer" subjectivity and shame, I draw on the work of Eve Sedgwick who argues that shame can be understood in relation to "queer" -- as she pointedly states, "queer" is a term that "might usefully be thought of as referring in the first place to [persons who are tied to shame] ... those whose sense of identity is for some reason tuned most durably to the note of shame”. But, I argue that even though there is shame there is also the shameless, it is never far behind, which I think is important to examine in relation to "queer/-ness" -- which would push Sedgwick's argument. Indeed, I see no reason to disconnect shame from shameless -- after all they are but a suffix apart. All in all, I hope these films show something valuable: I hope they show something shame/less.

Telic Arts Exchange
975 Chung King Road
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.telic.info


EVENT

Re: Jordan Crandell: Showing: Art Exhibition: Opening Night Sept. 8


Dates:
Thu Sep 06, 2007 00:00 - Tue Sep 04, 2007

Jordan Crandall :: Showing

September 8 - October 20, 2007
Opening Reception: Saturday September 8, 6-9pm

TELIC Arts Exchange
975 Chung King Road
Los Angeles, CA 90012
T: 213.344.6137
http://www.telic.info
info@telic.info

The opening reception for Jordan Crandall's exhibition, "Showing," will be Saturday from 6-9pm. Since the form of the exhibition is a series of events, the opening will simply be the first one: the first Los Angeles screening of Crandall's video Homefront (2006); taping/ screenings of "confessional" interviews that the artist conducts with people at the opening; and an erotic drawing session with Miguel Angel Reyes.

Events over the next five weeks - see schedule below - include presentations, screenings, and performances, along with discursive interventions in various formats. TELIC operates as a stage throughout the show, with every live event being recorded and then distributed as a catalog series of DVD's.

Note: schedule subject to change. For an up-to-date, detailed schedule of screenings, presentations, and performances - as well as the web catalog - see http://www.telic.info/catalogs/showing.

Sat 9.8
6-9pm
Screening of Jordan Crandall, Homefront (2006)
Taping and screening of private/public “confessional” interviews
Erotic drawing session by Miguel Angel Reyes

Fri 9.14
12-6pm
“To Be is to Be Perceived” screening program, including Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973); Effi Briest (1974); Fox and His Friends (1974); and Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven (1975)

Sat 9.15
12-3pm
Screenings of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Querelle (1982) and Claire Denis, Beau Travail (1999)
3-6pm
Photo session by Jeff Compasso

Fri 9.21
12-6pm
“Identity Masquerades” screening program, including clips from Busby Berkeley, Gold Diggers of 1933 and 42nd St (1933); Kenneth Anger, Puce Moment (1949) and Kustom Kar Kommandos (1965); Alan Calpe, Perfidia (2006); Jack Smith, Flaming Creatures (1963); and Paul Morrissey/Andy Warhol, Flesh (1968)

Sat 9.22
12-2pm
Acting classes following the Ivana Chubbuck “Act to Win” method
2pm
Queer performance screenings selected by Robert Summers
3pm
“Sex is so Abstract” screening program organized by John Paul Ricco
4pm
JJ Chinois music video and selections by Mimi Nguyen
5pm
Presentation by Mimi Nguyen
7pm
Performance and presentation by John Paul Ricco

Fri 9.28
12-6pm
“Public Showing” screening program curated by Dylan Wilcox, including Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970); All That Jazz (1979); Basic Instinct (1992); American Psycho (2000)

Sat 9.29
12-2pm
Self-portraiture workshop
2-4pm
“Watch Me Get Watched” video art screening program, curated by Glenn Phillips and Catherine Taft, with live introduction
5pm
Screening of Hotghettomess and videos selected by Gary Dauphin
7pm
Presentation by Gary Dauphin

Fri 10.5
12-5 pm
“On the History of Attractions” screening program, beginning with Abel Gance, La Roue (Wheels of Fate) (1922), through Arthur Penn, Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Stanley Kubrick, Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
5pm
Fashion shows from Fashion TV and Dior Homme; screening of Beyonce ft. Shakira video “Beautiful Liar” and Black Eyed Peas, “My Humps”

Sat 10.6
12pm
DIY nutritional supplements demo
1-7pm
“On the Shift from the Cult of the Expert to the Cult Of The Amateur” screening program, selected by Scott Bukatman, including clips from French Chef and Young People’s Concerts with Lenny Bernstein; Simple Life and Top Chef. Also: Nobody’s Watching (youtube); Albert Brooks, Real Life
7pm
Presentation by Scott Bukatman

Fri 10.12
12-5pm
Webcam workshop; DIY porn; experiments in social nudity
5pm
Presentation of random youtube videos with keyword “show off”

Sat 10.13
12-2pm
“Lifecasting” channels (justin.tv; ustream.tv)
2pm
Video selections by Susanna Paasonen and Terri Senft
4pm
Performance by Felipe Zuniga
5pm
Screenings of webcam films and online porn (xtube)
7pm
Presentation by Susanna Paasonen

Fri 10.19
12-6pm
Beauty and fitness intensive: dietary guidance according to Dr. Jeannette Graf in Stop Aging, Start Living; self-help guidance according to Tony Robbins; makeover session; exercise session

Sat 10.20
12pm
Cosmetic surgery demonstration with videos by Brooke Kellaway
1pm
“Lifecoaching” sessions, supplemented with “Lifelisting” sessions (43things.com)
3pm
Performance by Nina Waisman
5pm
Presentation by Julie Albright
7pm
Presentation by Terri Senft

TELIC Arts Exchange is a platform for events and discussion.
With an emphasis on social exchange, interactivity, and public participation,
we set out to produce a critical engagement with new media and culture.

TELIC Arts Exchange is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


EVENT

Showing Shame, Shamelessly Showing: "Queer" Video


Dates:
Tue Sep 04, 2007 00:00 - Mon Sep 03, 2007

Showing Shame: Shameless Showing
curated by Robert Summers

Telic Art Exchange: One Day Event on 22 September, 2007

The selected "queer: videos show various enactments of the artists and/or their friends performing themselves in acts of shame. With regard to "queer" subjectivity and shame, I draw on the work of Eve Sedgwick who argues that shame can be understood in relation to "queer" -- as she pointedly states, "queer" is a term that "might usefully be thought of as referring in the first place to [persons who are tied to shame] ... those whose sense of identity is for some reason tuned most durably to the note of shame”. But, I argue that even though there is shame there is also the shameless, it is never far behind, which I think is important to examine in relation to "queer/-ness" -- which would push Sedgwick's argument. Indeed, I see no reason to disconnect shame from shameless -- after all they are but a suffix apart. All in all, I hope these films show something valuable: I hope they show something shame/less.

http://www.telic.info/jordan-crandall-showing-erotic-cultures-of-self-display.yeah

http://www.telic.info/mimi-nguyen-and-john-paul-ricco.yeah