Constantina Zavitsanos & Park McArthur

Ode to 1 & under

How can we imagine bodies not as an end in themselves, but as a medium through which we can become one another’s means? 

What we wrote about it at the time: The second of two interlocking workshops that highlight correspondence as a way of working. Somewhere between song, speech, and logistical arrangement, these workshops invite participants to consider care as infrastructure.  Each workshop joins the form of the episode, the ode, the strophe, the apostrophe (from the strophe1) in order to play poetry against plan.  

 

One day we will all work only for free and only for each other. Our revolution is not apocalyptic but apostrophic, eliding even the negative spaces into folds and positive holes, stacking debt up as supportive columns, counting those who carry us with us, those who hold us—our spines, on our backs, in our surplus, as our means and mass and many.  This calypso will carry us. Park McArthur & Constantina Zavitsanos

 

Park and Tina are artists who work with sculpture, performance, text, and sound; they live and work within queer feminist crip2 communities in New York and beyond. They imagine bodies not as an end in themselves, but as a medium through which we can become one another’s means. They are members of Care Collective, a group of several people who coordinate Park’s care.

 

In the spirit of being in open rehearsal together - practicing and doing, testing out and refining - the ways of being together proposed for this event were recently rehearsed at the New Museum in New York. 

 

To allow for the space to be open for frank discussion amongst the participants, the workshop was not documented.

  • 1. If a ‘strophe’ is a break in the structure of a poem, maybe Park and Tina think of it as a pause, a social space that animates a break between moving, speaking or singing together – a suspended space of being together.
  • 2. Just as Queer Culture reveals the fallacy of compulsory heterosexuality, sex and gender binaries, Crip Culture similarly exposes the lie underpinning society’s compulsory able-bodiedness.