ALMOST NEVER. SOMETIMES. OFTEN. ALWAYS is a collection of short stories about self-management blues, digital dementia, forgotten knowledge and technocratic language. If one becomes what one does, what becomes of sanity amidst the identity crises of precarious labor? In the daily challenge of self-optimization and flexibility, does the score-like-hypnotic-code-inner-voice-mantra of self-affirmation become a cure or rather a tiresome pattern to get rid of? Is the self writing itself or does it need a voice to repeat, pause, repeat and take over?
Margit Säde is an independent curator and artist based in Tallinn and Zurich. Her recent projects include DOings & kNOTs at Tallinn Art Hall, SOURCE AMNESIA (Oslo10, Basel) While Walking on the Secret Paths but also While Walking on Salads, And So On & So Forth ( CAME, Tallinn & kim?, Riga), If It’s Half Broke, Part Fix It (CAC, Vilnius) and listening sessions A Selfless Self in the Nightless Night; Disembodied Voices & Imaginary Friends (BAR, Barcelona & Corner College, Zurich); and Hear Me With Your Eyes (Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam).
A Theory in Tears (ANNOTATIONS & CASES FOR FREEDOM & PROSTITUTION) uses voices of authority, victimization, punishment, and violent desire to complicate the reader’s relationship to narrative truth claims proffered by the institutional sites complicit in delivering “justice,” such as the courtroom or the prison. By reconstructing notions of guilt around the appearance of tears, it becomes a sign elucidating marks of pain or (un)freedom when performed by the victim and the criminal in a circuit of retribution. Focusing on issues of gendered violence, rape, and sexual assault, A Theory in Tears seeks to discover different forms for addressing harm while releasing those who are named by it.
Cassandra Troyan is a writer, organizer, and pétroleuse whose work uses a Marxist-feminist lens to demarcate space for interventions in the spheres of theory, politics, and culture. They are the author of THRONE OF BLOOD (Solar Luxuriance 2013), BLACKEN ME BLACKEN ME, GROWLED (Tiny Hardcore Press 2014), KILL MANUAL (Artifice Books 2014) and HATRED OF WOMEN (Solar Luxuriance 2014). They are currently writing a book with Maya Andrea Gonzalez researching the intersections of sex work, money, state violence and the anti-trafficking movement under the purview of “Conscious Capitalist” ideology. They live (mostly) in Oakland.