My practice is based in historical research and reclamation through fiction. I utilize old technologies; super 8 and 16mm film, letter writing, optical printing and hand-processing, to resuscitate materials I do not believe are dead. The same goes for the historical and personal revivals throughout my project. I am interested in women's writing and american radical political movements. I am studying French to further my research into the Parisian circle of poets, artists and modernist writers in Natalie Barney's Académie des Femmes. I approach historical subjects as an arena for experimentation, irreverently and willfully polluting the accepted canon. Simultaneously, I revive and revise in order to craft a new a lesbian syntax for my own time.
Daviel Shy (b.1984, The Year of the Lusty Lesbian as declared in the inaugural issue of On Our Backs, the first lesbian porn magazine) is a writer, artist and filmmaker based in Chicago, Illinois. Her writing has been published in Performance Research (Taylor & Francis) and featured on Chicago Artist Writers. She has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and founded the monthly screening series, L.M.N.O.P: Lesbian Movie Night Ongoing Project. She is the assistant director of Every House Has a Door performance company, and is currently writing a feature length film called The Ladies Alamanack.