The slash symbolizes a complex tangle of relations. It can both separate and join information (as for example in the pair his/hers), and thus bind terms together in potent and pernicious ways. It can also, however, exemplify the political work of defamiliarizing commonplace assumptions about gender (s/he). While the slash has at times represented a comma (“and”), it has slipped semiotically to represent largely a division mark (“or”). The hints of earlier attachments, however, are found in the slash’s function in connecting a string of terms. The slash can be found across the fields of poetry, arithmetic, programming, philosophy, census forms, currency, and date formats. More than this, the slash hints at something more abrupt: cut, whip, stroke, gash, slit. Any attempt at connection also entails the risk of separating, dividing, binding, razing. The Feminist Media Studio borrows from the polysemous quality of the slash to figure the Studio’s openness, its role as a platform for other actions—be they collaborative projects, unforeseen connections, events, workshops, displays of critical, creative and political work. It revels in the obscurity of the relation signified…

 
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