Editorial 36: Encounter

Welcome to #36: this is the ENCOUNTER issue.

Cover36: Maria Hupfield, Contain That Force

ENCOUNTER, a close encounter, a chance encounter, a casual encounter… as in:

• an adversarial confrontation
• a clash
• to meet with unexpectedly
• a surprise visit

In this issue:

NMP regular, Andrea Zeffiro interviews Maria Hupfield – a Brooklyn based interdisciplinary artist from Canada and a member of Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario – about encounters between performance and audience.

Phobe, Sharon & Alice speak their hearts about growing older with their partners in trans*ition.

Artist Sharlene Bamboat interviews Basil AlZeri about his social practice connecting food, art and politics, creating intimacies with and for his “guests,” the audience.

And, NMP regular, M.E. Luka makes connections between two contributions for this issue, her conversations with François Gaudet and Vicki Mayer.

Reflecting on those contributions, Luka says,

The spirit of that (Mayer) piece focuses on theorizing the queering of diasporic experiences related to the narrative of the place (a vibrant, multicultural, creative and contradictory site, in one of the poorest states in the US) and also to a very current but somewhat fraught economic driver there: the media industry. The idea that many types of personal relationships are possible there and that colourful, complex expressions of identity, place and creativity bubble up or are otherwise generated, comes through. Not in a superficial, touristy kind of way, but as a way of life, deeply embedded over time and through many kinds of economies, battles, settlements, sediments.

Our next issue theme is PROTECT (inspired by Karen Herland – thank you!), coming out Jan 1, 2015.

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NMP comes out every 2 months online, and a bit (sometimes, a lot) later in print-on-demand. The Holidays will see us hustle through the print production, and hopefully catch up!

Special thank-you to John Latour and Corina MacDonald at e-Artexte who have taken on the task of archiving the print issues of NMP. You can access the nomorepotlucks holdings in e-artexte through the following link: http://e-artexte.ca/view/publisher/nomorepotlucks.html

As always, huge thank-you to our copy editor, Tamara Shepherd, to all the NMP regulars, contributors past and future, and to readers and supporters of the project in so many ways. M.E. Luka and Andrea Zeffiro have made 2014 a solid year for NMP – thank you for your interviews, invaluable insights, and ongoing commitment to expand NMP’s reach, from coast to coast.

Mél Hogan & M-C MacPhee