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ss-005: Rooms 1–6
ss-004: A Book that is a Bag
ss-003: ON / Being Read
ss-002: Poetics of the Ordinary
ss-001: Disruptor Issue Five

Contango Issue Two: Sanctions
ON / The Art of Failure
Disruptor Issue Four
Contango Issue One: Auctoritas
Disruptor Issue Three
The Designer as a Creator of Content
Disruptor Issue Two
Disruptor Issue One

ss-003: ON / Being Read November 2018

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60 pages, perfect-bound, 2-color Risograph, 6.75 x 9 inches, first edition of 100 copies

In discussing queer presentation, I am reminded of queer ‘visibility,’ a point of contention that has been rumbling around my mind for months now. Looking backwards at queer activism in the United States, I am interested in the drive for visibility that many direct action groups made one of their core tenets. To many, being seen by both legislative structures and a sweeping notion of mass culture is a goal, though it just allows queer struggles to be swept under the rug of heteronormative frameworks we are so opposed to. And as queer identities become increasingly co-opted, I ask myself, Do I really want straight people to understand me, much less see me?

– Gabrielle Welsh, Editor

Issue two of ON is edited by Gabrielle Welsh and features the work of Elise Schierbeek, Gabe Howell, Rosie Accola, Madison Davidson, Seb Choe, Jessie McCarty, Frankie, Anna Navagh, Rivka Yeker, Caroline Cash, Eric Aldieri, and Zoe Kaplan.