"Cruiser l'Utopie" describes a movement, a drifting advance between theory, philosophical approach, art criticism and personal narrative. The works cited and recounted mingle with family or individual narratives and more academic considerations. This practice of queer theory and aesthetics is part of a new interpretation of hope as perceived by philosopher Ernst Bloch, articulated with black radical thought and the poetic research of authors such as Fred Moten and Eileen Myles.
Muñoz focuses on the period of the Stonewall uprisings (1969), analyzing works by Frank O'Hara, Andy Warhol, Kevin Aviance, Samuel R. Delany, Fred Herko, LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, Ray Johnson and Jill Johnston. Queer theory as study corresponds to a new way of researching and writing, a form of hybridity between philosophy and cultural studies. Critique is, as if by anticipation, contained in counter-normative artistic practice and everyday life, whose narratives, both subjective and historical, hint at a queer advenir, a place of transformation and liberation. The text, translated by Alice Wambergue, is accompanied by a preface by Élisabeth Lebovici and a poem by Fred Moten.
Release date: 2021
Dimensions: 12.5 x 19.5 cm
Author: José Esteban Muñoz
Graphic concept: Sophie Demay & Maël Fournier-Comte (In the Shade of a Tree)