Robin Alex McDonald is a writer, independent curator, and PhD Candidate in the Cultural Studies Program at Queen’s University in Katarokwi/Kingston, Ontario, where they research queer, feminist, and trans theories; contemporary art and visual culture studies; museum studies and alternative curatorial methodologies; affect theory; theories of collectivity, relationality, love, and “the social;” and activist art/art-as-activism.
Robin is a co-founder of Turbines Curatorial Collective and Chipped Off Performance Collective and has worked with the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Artery Gallery, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Queen’s Positive Space Program for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and is the current co-chair of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives’ Curatorial Committee. Their writing has recently been published in TheatreForum, Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture, n.paradoxa, nomorepotlucks, Spiffy Moves, Guts Canadian Feminist Magazine (with Elly Clarke, Amanda Turner-Pohan, and Michelle Ty), and the edited anthology Plant Horror: Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal (with Dan Vena). Their articles “Comics, Corn, and the Queer Phenomenology of Depression” and “‘You’re Saying That’s a Real Person Underneath?’ The Horrors of the ‘inorganic’ in Jaume Collet-Serra’s House of Wax (2005)” (with Dan Vena) are forthcoming in the journal of Literature and Medicine and the Graduate Journal for Social Sciences, respectively.
Robin is also the editor-in-chief of Syphon, an arts and culture publication produced by Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre.
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