What a Mess: Exploring Failure, Ephemera, and Possibility in Meat My Package

Anna C. Wilcoxen, Southern Illinois University Carbondale


In this essay I explore what it means to think about queer possibility through a lens of gesture and ephemera, as described by José Esteban Muñoz. I use the show I wrote and performed in, entitled Meat My Package, as an artifact to analyze through this lens. Before articulating how gesture and ephemera occur in Meat My Package, I first explain Judith Butler’s notion of the presentist conceit and how it relates to my performance of identity in Meat My Package, then I move on to connect the presentist conceit, gesture, and ephemera, discussing how these elements combine to create spaces of possibility within queer performance.