In addition to our panels + workshops, there’ll be a light lunch and lots of treats from the organizations that will be tabling, as well as new work from some great artists. Here’s a little sneak peak at one of the original posters we’ll have on sale:
POLITICAL POWER GROWS FROM THE HANDLE OF A SPECULUM
suzy x. this is actually so super next level. i had an abortion in 1997 and last year really wanted to take misoprostol with my boyfriend at home for the miscarriage, but when i got to the clinic they told me my situation was too complicated and i should have the d&c, so i did. it was okay, in my (very personal) experience people who work in reproductive health are exceedingly kind, but i am all for doing as much as you can on your own. with a papaya, apparently. this is great. (via karaj)
So glad other people are as psyched for papayas as we are. Anyone interested in autonomous self-care/mutual aid—we like that those sound mutually exclusive, but actually aren’t, which is what’s so nice about it—should definitely check out Pati Garcia’s workshop on self-exams. (You can read about the history of feminist self-help and see Pati in action here.) BYO speculum or buy one at the conference!
(Space in that session will be limited, so sign up when you arrive or email us now at urgentconference at gmail dot com.)
I Had An Abortion tote bags go on sale tomorrow! Get them at the Urgent! conference at The New School (66 West 12th Street). Doors open at 10 AM; bags cost $10. The t-shirts that started it all will be available, too!
That’s an aborted baby, you know that, right? Did you ever wonder how they put all of that lighting equipment in the uterus?
Hooray, someone who shares my pet peeve!
Please, please, please, don’t tell someone who is having a hard time that it’s all just part of God’s plan. It’s incredibly cruel.
The lighting technique is one of the oldest—and most effective—tricks in the book. It’s been used since the 1960s. Without the infamous Life magazine photographs—the ones that purported to show “life before birth,” the ones that inspired and still sometimes appear on the posters wielded by “pro-life” protesters picketing abortion clinics—the anti-abortion movement “would have been far behind where we are today,” as one anti-abortion activist has said. Rev. Thomas Euteneuer, President of Human Life International, agrees: "Images such as those created by Lennart Nilsson absolutely reaffirm the humanity of unborn persons, which is why they are so unpopular with pro-abortion forces. The facts are themselves on the side of life."
In fact, the ”living embryo inside its mother’s womb” wasn’t actually in a womb: it had been aborted, then dissected and carefully posed, before Nilsson shot a single frame.
Urgent! program available to download over at the n+1 website! Includes schedule of tomorrow’s events, plus bios of all our awesome participants.
A feminist collaboration breaks down hierarchy; so we do. How will we exaggerate age? She’ll circle the brown spots on her face. I suggest using a grease pencil that is used to mark film for editing, and I’m already picturing these circles alongside circular imperfections on the hand-processed film emulsion itself. What about our location? The beach, I suggest, because of her sunspots. Coney Island! The film reel is like the Wonder Wheel! We speak about the end of Astroland; we don’t speak about the end of film. We bring the literal and the metaphorical together. She suggests we call our film Generations. - Gina Carducci, on collaborating with Barbara Hammer.
Radical Projections: Feminist Film and Video // Tishman Auditorium // 1 PM
What makes a movie radical? What makes it feminist? How do media makers combine political and aesthetic concerns to create meaningful pieces? Writer and activist Mikki Halpin will lead a discussion with documentary, experimental, narrative, and multimedia artists who challenge gender norms, tell untold stories, and sometimes just fuck shit up. (Featuring Jasmine Burnett, Gina Carducci, Cecilia Dougherty, + Nancy Schwartzman.)
Check out our updated schedule for some exciting Urgent! updates! We’ve made a few additions to the lineup, including: