DJ Sprinkles remixes are also included on the package, which comes out in December.
Comprising audio, video and text on a SD card, the package interrogates the Western Humanist conception of family, its global pervasiveness and its influence on the agendas of LBGT groups. The release, which comes out in December on Thaemlitz's Comatonse imprint, also features two remixes by her DJ Sprinkles alias. It's her first major release as Thaemlitz since 2012's Soulnessless.
Deproduction was made with support from art organisations documenta 14 and Akademie der Künste der Welt. It premiered at documenta 14 in Athens on July 9th and has also appeared at London's Cafe Oto and Sheffield's No Bounds Festival. (Joe Muggs described the work as "hardcore Japanese incest and gay porn put through a kaleidoscope and overlaid with incredibly dark textual meditations on childbirth, reproduction, family dynamics and global politics.")
Read Comatonse's statement accompanying the release.
"We live in an era in which dominant LGBT agendas are increasingly revolving around themes of family, matrimony, breeding and military service. The cultural terms for social analyses and organizing around such issues requires an aggressive capitulation to peculiarly Western Humanist notions of the nuclear family, as well as private and public space. As a result, Feminist and Queer critical rejections of family structures (nuclear and otherwise) are increasingly scarce. An ability to understand the abuses of family and domestic violence as symptoms of larger institutionalized dominations becomes virtually impossible.
In a stereotypically familiar and heteronormative manner, the anticipated promise behind today's Queer families is nothing more than the egocentric notion that familial abuses will be resolved by this generation being better parents than the previous generation. What is forever absent are discussions of what it means to deliberately not be a parent, and to deliberately abandon family. They remain as taboo as the notion of celebrating the relief of an abortion."
Comatonse posted one-minute clips and excerpts of the accompanying essays here.
01. Names Have Been Changed (Sound/Reading For Incest Porn)
02. Admit It's Killing You (And Leave) (Sound/Reading For Gay Porn)
03. Admit It's Killing You (And Leave) (Piano Solo)
04. Names Have Been Changed (DJ Sprinkles' Deeperama)
05. Admit It's Killing You (And Leave) (DJ Sprinkles' Deeperama)
Comatonse will release Deproduction in December, 2017.