A winter solstice ritual
The Matrix of Domination
Translating x, y, and v
Into psychic talismans–
Appendages of our wrath
Which we shall re-insert
Into the mud pit of apathy
May we grip the throat of Horizontality (x)
May we flip the imprint of Verticality (y)
And turn the axes
And turn and turn
Frictionalizing Time itself (v)
—MRLN x VSVS
Mansion Rug Liberation Network aka MRLN is a rug-based bristerhood using carpet samples, knives, and a greco-roman/ pinterest.com inspired tile inlay process to make moodboard target maps. With these instrumental floor ornaments, we ritually strike and covet the home spaces of the slimiest politicians, CEOs, and junkbond traders in America. We often get sidetracked by doing our nails, taking valerian-infused baths, making out, talking, drinking wine, and eating popcorn. In the evenings we experiment with objectum-oriented candle-lit circles and haircuts. Sometimes we make a potion in our Keurig 2.0 but then we have to troubleshoot it 🙁 🙁
Versus Verses is a burgeoning, underground organization for die-hard Queers with rock-hard, anti-domination politics. Queers who mean business about uprooting Business’s means! Queers who DEMAND the drastic rewiring of the social mind/body! Queers passionate about impassioning the masses to detonate their indifference to global power and oppression!
VSVS is UNFLINCHINGLY devoted to poetry. Our membership is dedicated to shifting the current, massively exploitative paradigm through ACTIONS that provoke our hostages and the public at large to think poetically, to evolve into the poets that will save us all. We are finding ways to weaponize poetry in order to dissolve the world order that strangles the economically and socially vulnerable. We are mobilizing the dormant poets among us. We will use any means necessary to kill the apathy that has killed us for too long! WE MUST NOT STOP UNTIL THEY STOP! AND THINK!
Ruby T’s work is an experiment in translating fantasy to reality, and she is fueled by anger, desire, and magic. She investigates the stimulating, banal, and often infrastructural as sites of power and exchange: nightclubs, domestic appliances, broadcast news, sex.
BT SY, a second-year MFA candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is a maker of texts, performances, videos, and objects. Their practice is most often driven by the frictions and tensions of queer embodiedness–the sliding over, through, away from, and towards of the pleasures and agonies of creating a queer body to live in.