Levi Barringer

Levi Barringer is a designer, artist, writer, and theorist who bikes, lives, works, and studies in SF Bay Area. Having earned a BFA in Graphic Design from CCAC in 2007, his background in music, dance, and performance led him to explore realms of art and design outside of print: motion graphics, typography, and digital video documentary are a primary focus. His freelance work is comprised of print collateral for international musicians and Bay Area nightlife for over three years. In 2007, he received honors for an experimental short thesis documentary about online dating, entitled: Less Than Three. Continually motivated by his own radically formed kin structures amongst queer, adopted, and partially-biological siblings, Barringer is currently working toward an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts, with a focus on gender and queer theory, protective practices of kinship, and the body as linguistic form. You can view his work here: www.modifold.com

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Levi Barringer

Other Topologies: Transversal Power Across Maps & Diagrams

Western medieval and Enlightenment Encyclopedias present maps and diagrams that distort other bodies and histories. Grayson Perry's Map of Nowhere (2008) deviates from Western historical memory by "conjuring its behind" as a graphic display artifact. He undermines subjective belief through what Gilles Deleuze calls, the "transversal." Transversal power is the potential for identity shifts between social and individual bodies in process of becoming other. Perry's map highlights sadomasochistic sexual differences in national identities serving religious communities and the church-state. Overdrawn photographs and painted diagrams, Annette Messager's Mes Tropheés (1987) and Kathy Prendergast's To Alter a Landscape (1983), inscribe manual and automated extractions, ruptures, and encounters into female bodies. Networked anatomies of flesh and land displace the cognition-orientation divide of eighteenth century anatomical and physiological diagrams. These three artists' transversal maps and diagrams expand limits of subjective difference by inscribing networked others directly within the life and matter of self-embodiment.

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