Mighty Real is an eight-episode podcast that explores the history and influence of queer technology, as well as the myriad of ways queer artists collaborate with emerging technologies pre- and post-internet. On Friday, October 27th podcast host, Jamison Edgar will moderate a live talkback with Los Angeles-based contributors at Honor Fraser Gallery. The hour-long discussion will introduce the podcast’s guiding themes, and examine how art, science, and technology shape queer history.
Released weekly during the month of October, each episode will explore a central topic and feature a patchwork of historical wormholes (in-depth examinations of touchstones in the history of queer technology), artist interviews, and round table discussions. Together the eight episodes assert that queer knowledge not only informs the affordances of the technologies we know and use today but has itself become a form of technology that queer people wield to build solidarity and resist socio-political suppression online and AFK (away from keyboard).
Episodes are released on Fridays and can be found at https://queertechpodcast.buzzsprout.com/
The episode topics are:
Drag/Tech: Histories of Applied Queer Knowledge
WWW. (World Wide Wildness) Part 1: HIV/AIDS Post-Internet/Post-Cocktail
WWW. (World Wide Wildness) Part 2: Training the Archive Online
THE QUEER AVATAR: Glitch, Simulation, and Realness
HARDWARE/SOFTWARE: Sex, Tech, and Toys
HACKING THE BINARY: Trans Programmers/Queer Code
GPS (Gender Positioning Systems): Visibility, Locatability, and Surveillance
lgbtqAI+: Ancestral Knowledge and Artificial Intelligence
Jamison Edgar (Podcast Host) is a queer southerner living on stolen Tongva/Kizh/Chumash land. As a visual artist, writer, and curator, Edgar has spent thirteen years facilitating cross-disciplinary projects of spectacular defiance and radical exuberance. Edgar serves as the director and chief curator at Honor Fraser Gallery — a cultural hub examining our entangled relationships with art, science, and technology. Their exhibitions have been featured in Artforum, Freize, Hyperallergic, Art Papers, Art Review, The Los Angeles Times, CARLA, and NPR. Their writing has been published by the Miller Institute for Contemporary Art, Contemporary Performance, and the Estonian Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale. They are a 2023/2024 Supercollider Art+Sci Ambassador, and executive board member of the New Media Caucus (NMC).
This program is organized by Jamison Edgar as part of the 2023 Circa: Queer Histories Festival, presented by One Institute.
A fixture of the Culver City arts district for over 16 years, Honor Fraser is a contemporary art gallery and cultural hub examining our entangled relationships with art, science, and technology.