- Internationalist Answers to a Rented World!
Hmmm . . . a manifesto about a subject that doesn’t interest me all that much anymore.
It doesn’t. Why?
Because most of the media that I notice getting called “queer” seems as normal, commercial, racist, sex-phobic, naturalist, nationalist, narrative-driven, tedious, sexist, and humorless as the nonqueer.
But surely you can’t limit your conception of queer media to that boring lot of films that shows at international queer film festivals?
You’re probably right. But, because of my experiences in Germany, where I’ve lived for over a decade, I’ve developed a slight discomfort with the word [End Page 565] media, which, in local academic circles, tends to be used as a way to subsume and delegitimize the field of film studies so as to aspire to purportedly more significant philosophical heights.
And the manifesto?
OK. But only with those thoughts in mind:
Queer media does not document
Queers cannot be documented, cannot be made visible, cannot be recognized
Realism is not queer
Media is not queer
Or media is only queer when queers see/read/hear/etc. it, not because queers make it
(Making it can be queer though)
Queer media is internationalist
This means that it solicits political alliances beyond the borders of the nation and that it is not assimilable to the interests of the nation-state
This means that it, for instance, refuses to collaborate in the oppression of the Palestinian people
O queer media give internationalist answers to a rented world!
Marc Siegel is assistant professor in the Department of Theater, Film and Media Studies at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. He is completing two book projects: one on American underground Superstar Mario Montez and the other on the function of gossip in queer film culture. His curatorial projects include numerous film series, as well as the festivals “Camp/Anti-Camp: A Queer Guide to Everyday Life” (Berlin/Frankfurt, 2012, cocurated with Susanne Sachsse), “LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH! Five Flaming Days in a Rented World” (Berlin, 2009, with Susanne Sachsse and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus), and the exhibition “George Kuchar” (Berlin Biennial, 2010).