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Army of Love bibliography,

Ingo Niermann,

Throughout the Army of Love project-exhibition we have been constructing a collective bibliography and a preliminary code of ethics. It is envisioned that they will function as tools for thinking through diverse understandings and responsible practices of love, and both will be available for use when the exhibition closes. The bibliography consists of references from participants of the Army of Love training camp in response to questions about what inspires them when they think about love, and what material they deem relevant for current or future “love soldiers.” We extend this question to you and welcome your contribution to the bibliography via email!

Since the project’s beginnings at Casco, we have taken the stance that we are all experts on love. Yet the empowering potential of love has a close relationship to abuse, so it is important to engage in both a critical and affective relationship with our own experiences and those of others. One way to do this is via the collective construction of a bibliography, as bibliographies are an important political tool for intervening in underlying power relations and collectively shaping our knowledge. The Army has looked to a range of people from divergent groups – with non-normative bodies, relationship models, and practices of love – who have been finding ways to live and love differently. Queer and black feminisms have already been engaging with these concerns over many decades, and it is apparent that any army of love cannot be without the crucial foundation of intersectionality. The bibliography becomes a tool for existing and prospective love soldiers to become experts in love from its many perspectives, and contributes to the Army of Love imaginary.

Some reference examples include Cruising Utopia: the then and there of queer futurity (2009) by José Esteban Muñoz, All About Love (2000) by bell hooks, Le Nouveau Monde Amoureux by Charles Fourier (2013), Friendship as a Way of Life (2012) by Tom Roach, “Other Forms of Conviviality” (2013) by Park McArthur and Constantina Zavitsanos, A Dialogue on Love (1999) by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Poetics of Relation (1990) by Édouard Glissant and Queering Sexual Violence (2016) edited by Jennifer Patterson. Study the bibliography as it stands now and see what is missing. We will build on what has already been collected for the printed version of the Army of Love bibliography (designed by Miquel Hervas Gomez and Ott Metusala) and organize the references under different themes.

Do you have a suggestion that you think is pertinent to include in the Army of Love bibliography? Please send your name and reference to Staci Bu Shea by Sunday, 25 February.

Since January 2017, the intra-organizational relationship between Casco and Army of Love has generated lectures, workshops, film screenings, body-contact exercises, and debates about love as a political tool and resource. As facilitator, Casco’s most significant events have been the Army of Love training camp in October, and of course the project-exhibition Army of Love with Dora García and Ingo Niermann.

Commissioned by Casco, the code of ethics is a working document by writer and Army of Love founder Ingo Niermann exploring common ground for what it means to be a responsible and ethical love soldier. The code of ethics and bibliography will be published on both Casco and the Army of Love’s website and remain open source and open to amendment. We hope you will be inspired to join the Army, and would greatly appreciate your participation in the project!