This chapter attends to the importance of building infrastructures of and for Trans- Feminist and Queer (TFQ) cabarets across platforms in order to host the cabaret’s mobility, and the conditions of vulnerability and risk that emerge for trans- feminist and queer performers and audiences with each new physical and online venue. TFQ scenes tend to occur in small and inexpensive spaces and to feature sets of short performances of five to fifteen minutes across genre and form (dance, spoken word, music, drag, installation, visual art, sound art, stand-up, sketch or improve comedy, video art, film, and much more) that explicitly work against forms of supremacy in contemporary culture. The ethical responsibilities toward the works and artists that we re-mediate and re-circulate in our exhibits, publications, and archives cannot end at copyright, permission, and take-down policies.
By T.L. Cowan, 2020