I'm an artist, educator and activist particularly interested in learning from tactics, props and gestures used as protests. I use this blog as a platform to archive and communicate examples of what I call 'gestures of defiance'-exciting, urgent and relevant actions that link protest histories and present radical potentials. On this blog I'm simply compiling and reposting examples I find as they happen. Months may go by with out a post but the blog as an archive is still active.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Artist Jaimes Mayhew/The Autonomous Energy Research Lab --"Samesies Island"
I was just introduced to this artist and this piece specifically.
Samesies Island, 2014
Colored pencil, pen on paper Cartographer: Jaimes Mayhew Surveyors: Bones, Mickey Dehn, Asa Keiswetter, Jaimes Mayhew, Jack Pinder 22"x30"
This is a map of an entirely imaginary place where transmen who date other transmen live in a separatist community. While none of us have any intention of actually building this community, we designed this map as an escapist exercise in which we re-imagined a world that was built for us, by us. This version of Samesies Island is complete with a sky bucket for public transport, a taco stand, beaches, Coney Island, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, a free vet, two mountain ranges, narwhals, parrot fish, Billy Tipton recording studios, a couple dozen coves named after famous trans* masculine-of-center people, and many other features. Archival prints of this map are available here.