Haley Bueschlen, fractured_fag_poetry_2_doom digital. nations.feeds.w..out..logical.vol..., 2018. Single-channel video on cell phone, variable length. Courtesy of the artist.
Haley Bueschlen, fractured_fag_poetry_2_doom digital. nations.feeds.w..out..logical.vol..., 2018. Single-channel video on cell phone, variable length. Courtesy of the artist.
Haley Bueschlen, fractured_fag_poetry_2_doom digital. nations.feeds.w..out..logical.vol..., 2018. Single-channel video on cell phone, variable length. Courtesy of the artist.
Haley Bueschlen, fractured_fag_poetry_2_doom digital. nations.feeds.w..out..logical.vol..., 2018. Single-channel video on cell phone, variable length. Courtesy of the artist.
Haley Bueschlen, Self-Edition Performance, 2013–14. Single channel video, sound, 12 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.
Haley Bueschlen
I began working on Self Edition when I graduated in 2013. As an MFA student I felt like a commodity, so I decided to edition myself as one. In this durational performance, I legally changed my name each month to One Of Twelve, Two Of Twelve, Three Of Twelve for one year at New York Civil Court. But in the form of a 12 minute video, the stretches of time waiting are only implied, and waiting seems to be a fundamental bureaucratic principle.
I began working on my phone when my laptop died. After scanning itself, it determined there was "zero logical volume" and shut down. What does it mean to have no logical volume? Maybe this points to the importance of breaking language and breaking code. fractured_fag_poetry_2_doom digital.nations.feeds.w..out..logical.vol... is an attempt to write queer and fracturing texts in a fucked-up white hetero silicon bro-scape that surveils and capitalizes off of its users. This is a part of my wider research-based interdisciplinary practice in performance, video, and text, shaped by queer, feminist, and anarchist theory. I am also just trying to get things out of my body.
In Self Edition, I think of volumes in terms of state records. I become too much, and more illegible, with twelve names. Here, my excessive file brings into question and interferes with how I am identified, and archived by the state and artworld. For fractured_fag_poetry_2_doom digital.nations.feeds.w..out..logical.vol... I think of the verb "scroll," a 700-year semantic drift from the word volumenus, as our skin interfaces with the screen.
Haley Bueschlen (b. 1985, East Lansing, MI) attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2015). Her work has been exhibited at The Queer Institute of Ecology, RI (2018); Galerie Nationale Jeu de Paume, Paris, France (2016); Yale Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, CT (2015); and the ICP Triennial, NYC (2014). She was a Franklin Furnace Grant recipient (2014), and has been an artist in residence at Smack Mellon (2013). Her artist book is part of the Yale University Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library Collection, and Harvard University Fine Arts Library Collection. She lives and works in Long Island City, Queens.
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