Editorial 11: Rural

Qui est relatif à la campagne ou caractéristique de celle-ci.Rural, bucolique, rustique, pastoral. Qui se distingue de la ville.Relatif à celles et ceux qui vivent à la campagne : villages, fermes, agriculture.

Le thème: rural. Ce numéro est le premier s’inscrivant dans une série annuelle portant sur la vie et la création en milieu rural. Une fois par année, nous avons décidé de consacrer un numéro aux artistes, aux écrivains et producteurs culturels qui travaillent et créent à partir de la campagne, de la ferme, du village, du non-urbain. Nous invitons également les voyageurs et les gens nomades de contester, de faire valoir, et de définir ce thème.Each year we will have an issue dedicated to rural themes. If you are reading this and you are from or located in a remote or rural area, or have great projects ideas about rural life, write us. Like any theme, you can counter the definition of rural, challenge it, or explore it further. The theme is always as much a provocation as it is a way grouping ideas within issues.

As part of our continuing Video Curatorial spot, Matt Soar interviews Berlin-based artist and filmmaker, Florian Thalhofer, the inventor of the Open Source Korsakow System. In a stellar interview by Soar, Thalhofer reminisces on his early work–’Small World’–a first attempt at creating an interactive narrative.

As a general approach in this issue, the notion of rural is validated but its surrounding myths are questioned.

Rachel Torrie re-imagines the gay landscape and challenges the myth of ‘the rural’ as off limits to outsiders and resistant to difference in a piece addressing lesbianism and rurality in British Columbia, 1950s-1970s.

Anthea Black tackles the hardships of queer artists working in Alberta–the hotbed of conservatism in Canada–and the dilemma of staying or going… in search of more hospitable communities. This is why the Ladies’ Invitational Deadbeat Society’s (LIDS) performance, JDH: Keepin’ On, Keepin’ On, has a particular geographical and political significance.

Cindy Baker explores the Queer Crop Code. To find out if you are a “Peach” a “Lentil” or a “Chickpea”, read on.

From West to East…

According to Bob Leahy, “there are many defining moments that occur when one first moves to the country”. Assimilation in the Land of Cows takes on alternative living, fitting in, and the politics of unobtrusiveness–for a HIV-positive gay guy.

Leslie Ann Jeffrey and Gayle MacDonald’s study of sex work and sex workers in the Maritimes–”traditionally viewed as a backwater of economically marginalized and traditionalist people”–overtly challenges common assumptions about sex work from a rural purview.

Inspired by the way of life of her farming lesbian aunts in rural Nova Scotia, Rosemary MacAdam explores her urban roots and rural prejudices and proposes the possibility of being “queerly in place” anywhere.

Similarly, a few years ago, I joined M-C MacPhee(NMP curator) on her project to interview various people straddling the urban/rural divide. The project involved exploring the impact of traveling–and often returning ‘to the land’ after several years in the city–on sexual identity and self-representation. It is presented here with precious audio clips from these interviews.

M-C also interviews cover artist, Rocky Green, a writer and visual artist who lives in the Bancroft/Maynooth area in Ontario Canada where he was born.

From East to North…

NMP’s prized Dayna McLeod spoke with Matthew Biederman and Marko Peljhan about The Arctic Perspective, a non-profit organization of scientists, activists, artists and organizations, working to empower peoples of the north by sharing resources, technology, education and training.

From North to South…

Mandy Van Deven interviews Mary L. Gray from a small town in California. Based on her groundbreaking research on what life is like for the young and queer in rural America, Gray discusses pride and hostility, race and risk, and the importance of the ‘local’ in coalition building.

Elisha Lim is back with another beautiful rendition in her Illustrated Gentleman series.

Massime Dousset est de retour à NMP avec ‘Chez les eux’, une courte histoire poétique.

Huge thank-you to M-C MacPhee, without whom NMP would vanish into thin air.

Thanks to Dayna McLeod, as always, contributing perfect pieces to NMP. Thank you to our editors and copy editors for this issue, Renuka Chaturvedi, Jenn Clamen, Tamara Shepperd, Karen Cocq, and Gabriel Chagnon.

Fabien Rose, tu nous manques et nous pensons beaucoup à toi !

Special thank-you to Momoko Allard, NMP’s assistant publisher, for her invaluable assistance getting the print issues ready and available at Lulu.com. Issue 9 and 10 are due out next week. Print-on-demand of issues 9 and 10 are out now:


Issue 11 should be available shortly after.

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Other special thank you to Miriam Ginestier for offering us another NMP fundraiser. Please join us December 4th at Sala Rosa for the Meow Mix!

Merci à tous et à toutes pour vos contributions à NMP. Si vous aimeriez contribuer à NMP, s.v.p écrire un courriel à info@nomorepotlucks.org.

You can look forward to December’s launch of Issue 12 themed RAGE wrapping up NMP’s second year as an ad-free, independent, love-powered project. Stay tuned for year 3, with themes that will blow your mind and rock your soul. Any Chance that under that Veneer lurks an Animal with a Motive for… Amour?

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Chères lectrices et lecteurs, nous nous engageons à vous livrer à chaque édition un magazine intime et serein.

Mél Hogan