The Death of Spaces Through Cultural Burnout

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Abstract

"The Death of Spaces Through Cultural Burnout" is a thought-provoking performance lecture that delves into the interconnection between commercialization, generational exhaustion, and the demise of online spaces. Presented through Zoom, this performance combines poetry, multimedia elements, and interactive audience participation to create a dynamic and engaging experience.

At the focal point of the performance is the author’s personal journey, which serves as a case study of the impact of burnout. Drawing from their own lived experiences, the author paints a vivid picture of the decline and closure of cultural spaces like r/196 and r/traa.

The lecture also incorporates commentary from other members of the community, providing a broader perspective on the issue. These voices collectively underscore the disproportionate impact cultural burnout has on minority spaces, as well as the (third generation) electronic literature that these communities produce as a result. Due to the inherent stressors associated with marginalization, minority communities often face unique challenges in sustaining their cultural spaces.

The lecture explores the various factors that contribute to cultural burnout, including the relentless pursuit of profit, the shift in emphasis to appearance of leadership over actually leading, and the constant pressure to conform to mainstream culture. It also examines the psychological toll that cultural burnout can take on individuals, leading to feelings of isolation, disconnection, and loss.

Throughout the lecture, the author weaves together poetry, media, and audience participation, using Twine, to create a deeply resonant experience. The use of imagery from these communities, combined with interactive storytelling and poetry allows participants to engage with the material on a personal level, fostering a sense of empathy and understanding.

“Everyone wants the clout of leadership. No one has enough life in them left to actually do anything with that power”. There’s a reason why r/traa is dead, why r/196 is worse, why historical clubs are dying off. Climate change is here. Youth political agency is plummeting. The pandemic is still killing people. Dozens of transphobic bills are submitted by the week. Mass shootings are normalized. The list keeps going and nothing stops.

 
Jul 19th, 7:30 PM Jul 19th, 7:45 PM

The Death of Spaces Through Cultural Burnout

Algorithms & Imaginaries

"The Death of Spaces Through Cultural Burnout" is a thought-provoking performance lecture that delves into the interconnection between commercialization, generational exhaustion, and the demise of online spaces. Presented through Zoom, this performance combines poetry, multimedia elements, and interactive audience participation to create a dynamic and engaging experience.

At the focal point of the performance is the author’s personal journey, which serves as a case study of the impact of burnout. Drawing from their own lived experiences, the author paints a vivid picture of the decline and closure of cultural spaces like r/196 and r/traa.

The lecture also incorporates commentary from other members of the community, providing a broader perspective on the issue. These voices collectively underscore the disproportionate impact cultural burnout has on minority spaces, as well as the (third generation) electronic literature that these communities produce as a result. Due to the inherent stressors associated with marginalization, minority communities often face unique challenges in sustaining their cultural spaces.

The lecture explores the various factors that contribute to cultural burnout, including the relentless pursuit of profit, the shift in emphasis to appearance of leadership over actually leading, and the constant pressure to conform to mainstream culture. It also examines the psychological toll that cultural burnout can take on individuals, leading to feelings of isolation, disconnection, and loss.

Throughout the lecture, the author weaves together poetry, media, and audience participation, using Twine, to create a deeply resonant experience. The use of imagery from these communities, combined with interactive storytelling and poetry allows participants to engage with the material on a personal level, fostering a sense of empathy and understanding.

“Everyone wants the clout of leadership. No one has enough life in them left to actually do anything with that power”. There’s a reason why r/traa is dead, why r/196 is worse, why historical clubs are dying off. Climate change is here. Youth political agency is plummeting. The pandemic is still killing people. Dozens of transphobic bills are submitted by the week. Mass shootings are normalized. The list keeps going and nothing stops.