J. Austin Eyer
Over four weeks in the Borland Project Space, J. Austin Eyer (Assistant Professor of Theatre) will develop a movement-based performance of Capsid, based on the Lambda-nominated long-form lyric essay, Capsid: A Love Song by Joseph Osmundson that examines the intersections of HIV, desire, science, queerness, and love. It includes 8 prose poems that track the interaction between "host" and "virus." After 1996, with the invention of drugs that made the HIV virus manageable, public awareness and discussion about HIV has diminished in popular consciousness and art. Capsid engages with these issues not just as historical topics, but as things that continue to affect our communities. Public events will accompany this new creative work, including panels on the biology of HIV/AIDS and on the historical and contemporary experiences of the LGBTQ community with the virus, a reading and talkback with the poet, as well as a performance of the piece by Eyer and his students.