May 27 and 28

Olga Rodriguez Ulloa & Alexandra Chasin

Forms of Resistance (Literally!)”

Boxed in by the forms you fill out every day?  Sick of being classified, categorized, tracked, stamped, approved, declined, billed, charged, and otherwise administered?  Your social security number doesn’t quite define or express you, or you don’t have one?  Not reducible to a sex or race, to a height or weight?  Time for re-form!  Bring your frustration, your underrepresentation, your creativity, your excess, your rebellious temptation – it’s time to subvert, pervert, and invert the bureaucratic limits and controls.  Bring your messy selves, color outside of the lines, turn small spaces into the fertile ground of narrative, of open-ended exploration, of refusal and resistance.  It’s time to engage in reform – to answer back – to speak truth to power – all over the walls.

Nolan Park, House 11, Governor’s Island


Alexandra Chasin is Associate Professor of Literary Studies at Lang College, The New School.  Chasin is the author of Selling Out: The Gay and Lesbian Movement Goes to Market and Kissed By, a collection of short fictions.  Her novella, Brief, was first released as an interactive app. Past recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, Chasin most recent book is Assassin of Youth:  A Kaledioscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger’s War on Drugs, a cultural history of drug prohibition (University of Chicago Press, 2016).  Chasin holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College and a PhD in Modern Thought & Literature, from Stanford University.

Olga Rodríguez-Ulloa is a researcher and cultural critic. She is currently working on a multidisciplinary book that explores a Peruvian countercultural youth scene during the Eighties. The chapters delineate an aesthetic sensorium that goes from text to sound to image in order to gauge the intervention of this underground scene within the broader framework of Peruvian culture. She has written about Latin American art, literature and documentary. She recently completed her PhD degree at Columbia University.