"This Work is Only Theoretical to Those Who Don't Live it" (2022)

Alt Text Image Description (Co-written by Hannah Sullivan Facknitz, Sarah Cavar, Iris Xie):

 

Neon sign, pink light and yellow accents against a black background. It reads, in all caps, "THIS WORK IS ONLY THEORETICAL TO THOSE WHO DO NOT LIVE IT. The text is left-justified, slightly lower than center and occupies most of the black background.

Alt-Text Poetry (Co-written by Hannah Sullivan Facknitz, Sarah Cavar, Iris Xie)

 

The light glows against your skin, red, smeared like iodine stain. You are aglow. The sign—maybe you can hear it humming, humming, humming like hospital fluorescents—is a connected network of neon tubes folding, bending, once-warm-glass filled with a noble gas to speak back, with, to you the words: “This work is only theoretical to those who do not live it.” The hum—of hospital—and the light-made-skin-paint—resembling iodine stain—evokes our lives, the living it, the theoretical lives of crip, ruptured, Mad all real beneath this glow that touches your skin now. Before you is our radiant desire. Our glowing audacity. Our luminous rage (read: our love) wired, connected, pieced together in the interdependent, switch-wire-gas circuits. Played across circuit, wire, glowing gas, our Mad, our crip theory-mongering is radiant before you now. It is real. It is alive. It hums for you a kind of music, and it is not theoretical. It is there for you to live it.