Editorial 19: Issue

"Riot" by A.L. Steiner

Welcome to the Issue issue.

Issue as in:

To go or come out.
To be born or be descended.
To terminate or result.
To cause to flow out; emit.
To enter into controversy.
To take an opposing point of view; disagree.

A place of egress; an outlet: a lake with no issue to the sea.
A lesion, wound, or ulcer producing such a discharge.
An essential point; crux.
A matter of public concern.
An instance of flowing, passing, or giving out.
A final result or conclusion, as a solution to a problem.

You may have noticed that NMP has migrated to a new platform (yay!), and so the site you are looking at is new and has fewer ‘issues’ and is no longer really at risk of crashing. We’ve done our very best to carry over the content from the old site, but we know we have some work left to do. We’ll get to that in the next few weeks or months, but if you notice anything seriously out of whack or in urgent need of repair, please do let us know.

*If there are any archiving geniuses out there willing to take on the task of preserving the old site before we delete it, please let us know.

The old site is still up and accessible in case you are already feeling nostalgic… but it won’t be there forever, so make your copies or screen grabs or PDFs before we take it down forever.

For now though, enjoy the new issue. It’s faaaaaabulous and an excellent kick off to our 4th year!

In this issue:

Anthea Black had the opportunity to sit down with A.L. Steiner and A.K. Burns to chat about their film Community Action Center and their month long exhibition at Toronto’s Feminist Art Gallery (FAG). The cover of NMP 19 is a collage entitled “Riot” by A.L. Steiner. It is powerful commentary on immigration, ID, and police.  Steiner shared some thoughts on these subjects and others in a second brilliant interview for NMP with Anthea Black.

Alex McClelland and AIDS ACTION NOW organized the POSTER/Virus project to honour the December 1st Day With(out) Art 2011. The goal of the poster series is to address the countless new forms of AIDS-phobia, discrimination, and inequality that continue to emerge and exist 30 years into the AIDS epidemic. The poster series includes work by NMP favorites: Mikiki (with Scott Donald), Cecilia Berkovic, Daryl Vocat, Kent Monkman and John Greyson. Allyson Mitchell has provided us with the artist statement that accompanies her poster – FUCK POSITIVE WOMEN. Watch her  presentation here:

Natalie Kouri-Towe explores the concept of homonationalism by explaining its current trends. She outlines how it is used in Canadian Immigration policies and practices, in gay tourism to Israel, and in decisions made by Toronto pride regarding the inclusion of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid.

NMP regular, Elisha Lim provides us with an illustration of their conversation with beloved Canadian musician Rae Spoon. Together they address publicity and self-promotion, what makes a nice life, and thoughts on being gender retired.

Ching-In Chen appears again in NMP, but this time as the author of beautifully crafted poems…

In the first of a 2012 series of interviews with audio artists for NMP, Owen Chapman provides a transcript of a conversation he had with Nancy Tobin during his summer residency at Oboro new media center.

In her series of zines The Life and Times of Butch Dykes Eloisa Aquino tells stories of fantastic women who helped make the world a better place. Their strength resided not only in their extraordinary talent but also in their willingness to challenge and subvert oppressive societal norms. With this contribution she examines the incredible life of Claude Cahun.

Eliza Chandler discusses how “crip communities” can and do create new understandings of disability and community through desire.

WhiteLezProblems uses satire and humour to draw attention to privilege in white queer communities, on Twitter and beyond.

For NMP, Adleen Crapo nuances the meaning of “issue” en français.

If you would like to submit to NMP, feel free to pitch us ideas by consulting the “submit page.” Note: 2012 is full up, but we will present our 2013 themes any day now, so don’t wait too long to get in touch. Nous recherchons toujours des contributions francophones…

Thank you to Miriam Ginestier and all the Meow Mix performers and attendees for supporting NMP for the third year in a row. We are grateful for this. NMP would like to also thank Barbara Crow, Carol Stabile, Kendra Besanger, Erik Bordeleau, Renata Summo, Matt Soar, Moynan King, and Virginia M. Solomon for their generous donations. If you would also like to donate via paypal, it’s never too late, and it’s very easy: click here.

Another way to support NMP (and treat yourself) is to purchase a print copy. They’re not cheap but they’re a stunning 100 pages of rare and amazing blends of Canadian art-academia-activism. The latest print-on-demand issue is out now on Lulu: (NB: Print copies are always of one issue prior to the one we have online currently).

Thank you again to our excellent copy editors for this issue: Tamara Shepherd, Lindsay Shane and Jacinthe Dupuis.

M-C would like to thank the MacPhee/McConnell Family for their patience. Mél also thanks the MacPhee/McConnell Family for lending out M-C to NMP over the holidays…

Dear readers, we are still and always committed to bringing forward a flowing and issue-ridden journal bimonthly.

Your NMP Editors,
Mél Hogan & M-C MacPhee