Everyone Thinks is Queer Except You and Me

Rodrigo Canete

This Podcast is the result of ten years of arts criticism in the legendary -South American blog loveartnotpeople.org that, since 2012, shocked and changed the perception of art and, more specifically, of their cultural elites and their exclusionary practices. But now, I want to elevate blogging to artistic status and also to refer to my reality in the UK and its critical present. Intellectual, artists and academics will pass by this space only to reinforce our commitment to freedom of speech at a time identity politics is weaponised to censor and silence. Entirely in English, it will take decolonial and queer methodologies to their logic extremes..

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Gay Pornographer Bruce La Bruce -Second Part: The Global South Teaches the North a Few Lessons on How to Differentiate Activism From Social Etiquette
5d ago
Gay Pornographer Bruce La Bruce -Second Part: The Global South Teaches the North a Few Lessons on How to Differentiate Activism From Social Etiquette
A Question Asked From Chile By Historical AIDS HIV Activist Victor Hugo Robles (a.k.a. El Che De los Gays) Evidences LaBruce's Confusing Social Etiquette With Political Activism.  In his seminal Emancipated Spectator, Jacques Ranciere warned of the banalisation of social protests after the French Students Riots in 1968 in Paris. According to him, they became a passtime tolerated by governments that, I would add, give the moral confidence needed to the conservative sectors to infantilize dissent as something banal. In my almost twenty years in the UK, I saw this process to advance to a degree that dissent ended up being seen either as an identitarian attribute for social interaction (for example, to have friends akin to our ideological views) or as a symptom of some kind of pathology which origins could be found in the individual incapacity to adjust through work.  Such banalisation is not criticised but monumentalised in a series of photos that I comment with La Bruce in the First Episode of my Podcast: Everyone Thinks is Queer Except You and Me which, if you haven’t listened yet, you can find Here. An example is the one with the terrorist eroticised with the gun with the Che Guevara picture behind. I thought it was timely to include in the debate my dear friend Victor Hugo Robles, a legend in the Global South for his advocacy on behalf of HiV AIDS sufferers using techniques of performance art but without claiming artistic status which differentiates himself from his best friend Pedro Lemebel and his Mares of the Apocalypse (Chile 1990s). The way LaBruce uses his reference to art history and, most importantly, to critical theory in order to justify his work is patchy, to say the least. For example, although he claims his work to be Situationist, he only understands their strategies in the parodic sense which he feels is convenient for his own self fashioning as both a  mainstream and activist. This is evident in how difficult it is for him to talk in specific terms about activism. El Che de los Gays questions those credentials and although, LaBruce never defines himself as an activist, he does it all the time. Mistaking street protests and partying with polymorphous bodies and his believing that Latin America is a monocultural block are issues that should concern those who think otherwise. More about this and the complete post on my very complex chat with Bruce LaBruce in loveartnotopeople.org That is why I would rate Bruce LaBruce's views as expressed in this Podcast with TWO DECOLONIAL STARS OUT OF FIVE. If you have any comment, suggestion, feedback or think that I should interview someone in particular, please send me your comments and feedback at rodrigo@loveartnotpeople.org and DO SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST FOR FREE in loveartnotpeople.org or by searching ‘Everyone Thinks is Queer Except You and Me’ in Spotify, Amazon Unlimited, Apple Podcast, or whichever platform where you usually find the Podcasts you like. You can also find me in Instagram in @the_loveartnotpeople
Gay Pornographer Bruce La Bruce -Second Part: The Global South Teaches the North a Few Lessons on How to Differentiate Activism From Social Etiquette
5d ago
Gay Pornographer Bruce La Bruce -Second Part: The Global South Teaches the North a Few Lessons on How to Differentiate Activism From Social Etiquette
A Question Asked From Chile By Historical AIDS HIV Activist Victor Hugo Robles (a.k.a. El Che De los Gays) Evidences LaBruce's Confusing Social Etiquette With Political Activism.  In his seminal Emancipated Spectator, Jacques Ranciere warned of the banalisation of social protests after the French Students Riots in 1968 in Paris. According to him, they became a passtime tolerated by governments that, I would add, give the moral confidence needed to the conservative sectors to infantilize dissent as something banal. In my almost twenty years in the UK, I saw this process to advance to a degree that dissent ended up being seen either as an identitarian attribute for social interaction (for example, to have friends akin to our ideological views) or as a symptom of some kind of pathology which origins could be found in the individual incapacity to adjust through work.  Such banalisation is not criticised but monumentalised in a series of photos that I comment with La Bruce in the First Episode of my Podcast: Everyone Thinks is Queer Except You and Me which, if you haven’t listened yet, you can find Here. An example is the one with the terrorist eroticised with the gun with the Che Guevara picture behind. I thought it was timely to include in the debate my dear friend Victor Hugo Robles, a legend in the Global South for his advocacy on behalf of HiV AIDS sufferers using techniques of performance art but without claiming artistic status which differentiates himself from his best friend Pedro Lemebel and his Mares of the Apocalypse (Chile 1990s). The way LaBruce uses his reference to art history and, most importantly, to critical theory in order to justify his work is patchy, to say the least. For example, although he claims his work to be Situationist, he only understands their strategies in the parodic sense which he feels is convenient for his own self fashioning as both a  mainstream and activist. This is evident in how difficult it is for him to talk in specific terms about activism. El Che de los Gays questions those credentials and although, LaBruce never defines himself as an activist, he does it all the time. Mistaking street protests and partying with polymorphous bodies and his believing that Latin America is a monocultural block are issues that should concern those who think otherwise. More about this and the complete post on my very complex chat with Bruce LaBruce in loveartnotopeople.org That is why I would rate Bruce LaBruce's views as expressed in this Podcast with TWO DECOLONIAL STARS OUT OF FIVE. If you have any comment, suggestion, feedback or think that I should interview someone in particular, please send me your comments and feedback at rodrigo@loveartnotpeople.org and DO SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST FOR FREE in loveartnotpeople.org or by searching ‘Everyone Thinks is Queer Except You and Me’ in Spotify, Amazon Unlimited, Apple Podcast, or whichever platform where you usually find the Podcasts you like. You can also find me in Instagram in @the_loveartnotpeople
Gay Pornographer Bruce La Bruce - First Part: From Homocore Punk to Member of the Globalist Art Elite?
Nov 10 2022
Gay Pornographer Bruce La Bruce - First Part: From Homocore Punk to Member of the Globalist Art Elite?
This episode confronts two notions of political art: one permeated by normalised identity politics and already commodified by the market and a radical one that resists and is more in touch with the streets. During the first part of our chat, I ask Bruce La Bruce what are the  issues inside the Punk Movement that forced youngsters like him  to rebel to the rebels and create the Homocore Movement. We can also see how the boundaries between  his former activism and his current iconic status gets blurry, at times under an internationalism that tends to look for homogeneity than cultural differences. Although he is earnest and careful enough not to claim activist credentials, he refers to it many times to believe that politics is not part of his self branding agenda.  The questions that this first part of the chat opens is whether mainstream institutions are modified by political artists or the other way round. LaBruce had a MoMA retrospective in 2015 after years of being represented by Peres Project, a vanity art gallery that targeted the bonus earning investment bankers of the 2010s. If you have any comment, suggestion, feedback or think that I should interview someone in particular, please send me your comments and feedback at rodrigo@loveartnotpeople.org and DO SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST FOR FREE in loveartnotpeople.org or by searching ‘Everyone Thinks is Queer Except You and Me’ in Spotify, Amazon Unlimited, Apple Podcast, or whichever platform where you usually find the Podcasts you like. You can also find me in Instagram in @the_loveartnotpeople