Ruby T: Club

From In Search of a Recuperative Aesthetics

Ruby T’s work is a translation of political and sexual desire, testing the limits of fantasy in the context of an oppressive social landscape. Club,” excerpted here, is an ongoing project by the artist, collecting footage from police traffic stops, arrests, and neighborhood surveillance. Ruby T describes the work as “a meditation on the residual imprint of state power in public space” calling us to consider “who is absent and who is implicated in the ongoing crisis of police brutality and state neglect.” In capture, the flashing lights that many of us know so well become erie afterimages and traces left on otherwise ambiguous architecture. The artist invokes a moment of pre-AIDS queer utopian potential through the song “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” by Sylvester (1978), one of the first performers to bring black queer femme desire into popular dance music. This mixing of temporalities creates a tension between the chill of contemporary state violence and the intoxication of resistance: a lineage of call and response that (we hope) will tip forward into the space of potential as long- standing atrocities face the light.

December 15, 2018

Ruby T

Curated by

Kayla Anderson