Social Justice Institute presents:
NOTED SCHOLARS LECTURE SERIES
Dino Dinco & Jonathan M. Hall
The Crystal Methology Experiment: Pedagogy, Performance, and Critical Undoing
Oct 7, 12-1pm
Jack Bell Building
Room 028, 2080 West Mall
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP’s are not required to attend, only encouraged.
Lunch will be provided!
ABSTRACT: In their Spring 2015 seminar Street Theories, Precarious Desires, Dino Dinco and Jonathan M Hall engaged thirteen undergraduate students in an example of experimental pedagogy, investigating discourses surrounding queer desires and transgressive sex practices. Engaging critical theory as well as contemporary art and performance, the instructors solicited the personal testimony of a thirty-seven year-old gay man (and close friend of Dinco’s), who acted as a “living text.” Their work culminated in the collaborative live performance, Crystal Methology, examining crystal meth addiction, gay homelessness, cross-dressing, and survival sex. This experiment provoked broader questions concerning student willingness and agency and liberal anxiety. With this course, Dinco and Hall attempted to flip the often classist and racist noblesse oblige model of “community engagement,” pulling apart ideas of what community and engagement can look like and questioning who gets to embody and represent community. Their efforts resulted in both failure and success.
DINO DINCO is performance art curator and maker, film and theater director, writer, and adjunct professor of contemporary art history at Woodbury University in Los Angeles. Following his award-winning short El Abuelo—which premiered at the Tate Modern, Dinco directed his first feature-length documentary, Homeboy, exploring gay Latino men who were in gangs.
JONATHAN M. HALL is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College. Hall’s research engages queer theory, experimental media, and archival re-imaginations. Hall is co-director of Touch of the Other, a performance art piece drawing from archival documentation of pre-Stonewall male-male sexual encounters in public places.