Colour & movement, the motion of light, and flowers …
Reverberations/ Post-Impressions / Queer Carryover
Outfit created by Benjamin Williams
Above & Beyond;
Over & Above;
Beyond a Joke.
& more to the point: how long has this been going on???
Back in 2007, I tried to work out why the police state was insisting so dogmatically on policing techniques that, even back then, had already been shown to exacerbate rather than reduce the harms associated with the consumption of psychoactive drugs.
I could only conclude that the police and their state operatives were completely uninterested in regulating a market that their actions actually maintain and reproduce as dodgy and dangerous, realistically, at all. That would defeat the point.
Here’s what I argued, in Pleasure Consuming Medicine (2009), Chapter 1
That was A DECADE AGO.
Nothing has changed: things have only gotten worse.
The drug dog now serves as a shitty mick pretext to produce anyone who fails to tow the state line on ‘drugs’ as deviates… and punish young people for socialising en masse at all.
Fuck them; fuck the politicians who allow this to take place; fuck those sections of the public that support such blatant abuses of rational authority; and fuck the dumb-assed officers that swallow the bullshit ideology they get served up from their ‘superiors’ whole.
Above & Beyond & Pretty Much completely Over it All….
This scene, from Ana Kokkinos’s brilliant (1998) film Head On, astutely demonstrates how the drug search has emerged as a key technology for the instatement of white heteromasculinist sovereignty. But before watching, please be warned it’s disturbingly violent and depicts police brutality against vulnerably sexualised, gendered and racialised bodies.
“This room is so white!!!”
From the underpants inspections that NSW police used to conduct to harass cross-dressers and transgender people over the 1950s and 1960s in Sydney, to the NSW police use of sniffer dogs that continues to this day, stripping people bare – down to the bios of bare life – has a long history of use as a strategy of coercion, humiliation and violence, deployed most often against queers, blacks, immigrants and women in bids to assert particular forms of sovereignty and abjection.
To me, Kokkinos’s take on the intersections of nationalism, policing, ethnicity, sexuality and gender in this scene is incredibly incisive. It eloquently demonstrates why the police use of drug and other laws to intimate and harass people they don’t like the look of (with sniffer dogs for example) must be brought to an end now …..and why it requires an urgent counter-response from anyone concerned with the violent operations of racism, homophobia and transphobia in present day Australia