DUST-GAG-PUKE-GOSSIP worships the political potential of chosen family, affective comradeship and subterranean communities. It weaves different methods of knowledge-sharing through text into each other by formally distinguishing two voices: (1) an embodied voice appealing to the imaginative and (2) a theoretical voice.
The text’s embodied voice uses ‘dust’, ‘gagging’ and ‘puking’ as central concepts. ‘Dust’ draws upon systems of exclusion and oppression: omnipresent structures that certain bodies fail to digest and to which convulsion might be a response. ‘Gagging’, then, is positioned a physical and political obstruction as well as potentiality: an uncomfortable outcome of inhaling dust – the body resisting normative systems – possibly leading to puking, which can be relieving. ‘Puking’ or ‘vomiting’ here serves as liberating act: producing liquid that is both the product of the world’s toxic systems as well as an entirely new mush that contains alternate tastes and ingredients in respect to what had been taken in. In vomit thus resides the potential to transgress modes of negation and to produce entirely new ‘blends’, forms and relations. In their connectedness, the central concepts under the text’s embodied voice aim to work through modes of disidentification toward embracing the failure to conform as strength, producing alternate and healing modes of being (together) in community.
The theoretical voice of DUST-GAG-PUKE-GOSSIP elaborates on historical and socio-political theories that position the silencing of certain bodies as oppressive tools. Moreover, the theoretical voice shows damaging influences of patriarchy and capitalism on the word ‘gossip’ and draws upon transgressive and powerful potentialities in speaking together under oppressive systems. The theoretical voice synthesizes with the embodied voice in the concept of ‘gossip’. Both voices offer causes to reclaim ‘gossip’s’ caring potential. Both voices merge in ‘gossip’ as a political act of healing within chosen family-bonds, affective comradeship and subterranean communities.