Trans-Q TV: Gender, Sexuality, and Ecstatic Acts of Being
"Like a Dadaist variety show for the 21st century, or a truly warped fusion of Lawrence Welk, Sonny and Cher, Andy Warhol’s TV, Ernie Kovacs, Flip Wilson, Carol Burnett and Wigstock...” Trans-Q TV, is a new online variety series that shines a humorous and provocative spotlight on queer and trans issues and themes.
Written and produced by CMU students in collaboration with guest artists and Pittsburgh community members, an episode of Trans-Q TV takes the form of stand-up, theory, micro-documentaries, video art, animation, interviews, literary presentations, performance art, music and more.
Already this semester, a hefty list of local and national figures have been featured on the show. An intense productions schedule has seen the group shooting up and down the east coast, late nights
The Trans-Q Episode 1 Premiere Party on Friday, Nov. 30, at 6119 (6119 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh) is accompanied by live performances and a DJ/dance party featuring talent from Pittsburgh’s queer arts and music community. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and screening/performances begin at 9 p.m. This event is free and open to people age 18 and older.
Highlights from Trans-Q’s first episode are: An appearance by Pittsburgh drag queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 contestant Alaska Thvnderfvck; an all trans/drag soap opera produced in collaboration with California-based filmmakers Zackary Drucker + Rhys Ernst; highlights from hip-hop producer Le1f’s recent performance at Pittsburgh’s VIA Festival; and a fashion show by students who participated in artist Scott Andrew’s MAKESHOP residency at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
The series website will launch in January 2013 with six episodes per season. In the meantime, people may view the producers’ working blog to get a behind-the-scenes look at the research, artists and performances that inspire the show at http://transq.wordpress.com.
MFA candidate Scott Andrew is producer of the show. Trans-Q Television associate producers and crew are: Harrison Apple, Elizabeth Buschmann, Allison Cosby, Nicole Dimascio, Keith Lafuente, Daniel Lamorte, Nicole Marrow, Anna Nelson, Justin Old, Rigel Richardson, Stephanie Ross, Lauren Smith, Rachel Wagner and Nico Zevallos.
Trans-Q TV Premiere Program of Events
Trans-Q TV First Episode Premiere
Live Performances: Darla de la’Piranha, Dani Lamorte, Veruca la’Piranha, Liz Busch
DJs: Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Ed Um and DJ Dad Time
VJs: Fagnelly, Kevin Ramser and Just Nico
Supported in part by The Center for Arts in Society and the Carnegie Mellon University School of Art, guided by Executive Producer and Professor of Art Suzie Silver and Scott Andrew MFA '13 candidate.