In World of the News: The world’s greatest peer-reviewed newspaper of in/compatible research, eds. Geoff Cox and Christian Ulrik Andersen, transmediale and Digital Aesthetics Research Centre, Aarhus University.
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Can the viral operate as a diagram for queer illegibility? Queerness and the viral connect on numerous fronts, to its histories with HIV/AIDS and controlling medical practices and rhetorics, to barebacking subcultures, to anti-capitalist tactics and frameworks. The virus carries along with it themes common to queerness, such as risk, transgression, amorphousness, and multiplicity. Queerness could be said to exist in a paradoxical relation to the virus, as it is both subjected to viral control yet also finds the virus playful and pleasurable.