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 The Harmony Show (THS)


Online, Asynchronous
Land Acknowledgement found on page 6 of The Harmony Show Access Guide

Recorded February 13–June 26, 2021
Available for free on theharmonyshow.com


Course Description and Context 


Amber here, with a glimpse into the making-of The Harmony Show (THS) and its corresponding syllabus. As my Co-Creators Davecat, Sidore, and I describe on The Harmony Show’s About Page, Semester / Season One of THS expands our six yearlong series of discussions about the way the racialized Other is constructed and regarded in the predominantly white Doll world—from factory to forum—while also taking up sexual racism.


 Seminar 

During Fall 2020, I shared this description, and further context for it, with scholars and artists I admire whose work I imagined could help us deepen our discussions. Fourteen scholars and artists such as Amber Jamilla Musser, Kareem Khubchani, Constantina Zavitsanos, Lily Mengesha, Vivian L. Huang, Ilana Harris-Babou, and Xiomara Sebastián Castro Niculescu responded to my prompt with a range of seminar sessions and corresponding reading and screening assignments from such thinkers and makers as Anne Anlin Cheng, K’egura Macharia, Alison Kafer, Jeremy O. Harris, Hortense Spillers and Rizvana Bradley, Franny Choi, and Eunjung Kim.

What resulted were twelve seminar sessions recorded on Zoom over the course of a four month semester (February - June 2021). During each session, seminar leaders led us through readings and screenings  relevant to their own research areas. In preparation for each discussion, Davecat, Sidore, and I completed our assigned readings and screenings and arrived to Zoom prepared with one question, one comment, and one quote pulled from each resource.

A full list of seminar leaders and assignment authors can be found on our People Page and below. 


 Cooking Show 

After reaching out to potential seminar leaders during Fall 2020, I reached out to the mutual friends and collaborators that Davecat, Sidore, and I share from the iDollator community with the hope that they would each appear as guests on a related cooking show component of The Harmony Show. Eight guests from (or familiar with) the community accepted my invitation to appear, including Doll Maker and roboticist, Kino Coursey; photographer, Elena Dorfman; filmmaker, Allison de Fren; anonymous iDollator, Mahtek (who lives with a roboticized Doll named Sarah) and anonymous iDollators, Camp and Incred (who met online, discovered they lived only nineteen miles apart, and combined their extensive Doll collection in Incred’s basement in 2007.) 

I similarly reached out to Nicole of Heal Me Delicious, a scholar and Autoimmune Paleo Protocol (AIP) recipe developer whose food I love and whose academic work connects in several directions with the themes explored in Semester / Season One. What resulted was nine cooking show sessions recorded on Zoom during the course of our four month season. During cooking shows we invited our guests into conversations related to seminar research topics while I cooked and baked a selection of Nicole’s AIP recipes.

A full list of cooking show guests can be found on our People Page and below. 


 Screenings, Readings, and Recipes 

The Weekly Schedule I have compiled below incorporates the readings and screenings assigned by seminar leaders for THS seminar sessions, as well as the Heal Me Delicious recipes cooked and baked during each THS cooking show episode. Davecat, Sidore, and I invite you to engage with each resource on its corresponding Episode Module on theharmonyshow.com. Before you begin your  asynchronous experience, consider reviewing Olivia Michiko Gagnon and Lily Mengesha’s seminar The Limits of Touch: Race and Intimacy as an example of an Episode Module. Scroll through the page to find Olivia and Lily’s bios, the audio, video, and transcription components of the episode, the assigned content, and the show notes referencing further readings and resources.

Each Episode Module is linked below. Individual readings, screenings, and recipes are also available as independent links.

Module components are described below in the “How is The Harmony Show accessible to me” section.


 Sequence 

While The Harmony Show is designed to be experienced sequentially (beginning with Week One and ending with Week Twenty-One) I invite you to engage in the way that most interests you and in the way that you find most energizing.


 Gratitude 

As the project’s initiator, I was interested in turning my own learning outward while spending time considering my interest in sites of belonging and protection that simultaneously function as spaces of violent exclusion. More than anything, I was interested in spending time as a learner with my friends Davecat and Sidore. I am immensely grateful to have done so, to Davecat and Sidore, and to everyone who made Semester / Season One possible.

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Thank you.


 Thoughts and Questions 

I welcome your thoughts and questions about the content of The Harmony Show at feedback@theharmonyshow.com and on THS social media accounts.



How is The Harmony Show accessible to me?



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Episodes of The Harmony Show are available in the following formats


 VIDEO 

Open Captioned Video Episode embedded into theharmonyshow.com via Vimeo

The Harmony Show captions are created by Wil Renderos of Audio Chemists with assistance from Henry Scharfe. When possible, our captions note key movements and body language.

• While audio description is not currently available for the entire length of our episodes, we have created a brief Audio Description Precap for each episode. Audio Description Precaps are available as separate audio-only files and can be found in each episode’s website module at theharmonyshow.com.

 AUDIO 

Audio Description Precap of Video Episode (separate from the video as an audio-only file) embedded into theharmonyshow.com via Soundcloud

• Davecat has audio described the key visuals of each episode with script assistance from Amber, Chantal Feitosa (The Harmony Show’s Alt-Text and Social Media Manager) and Maia Chao (The Harmony Show’s Video Capture & Digital Archive Manager + Alt-Text).

Audio-Only Episode embedded into theharmonyshow.com via Soundcloud

• The Harmony Show Audio-Only Episodes were created by Wil Renderos and Henry Scharfe of Audio Chemists. They are identical to the audio of the Open Captioned Video Episodes.

 TEXT 

Transcription of Episode (screen reader accessible) uploaded to theharmonyshow.com as a PDF

The Harmony Show transcripts are identical to the captions that appear on the Open Captioned Video Episodes. They begin with a screen capture of the Open Captioned Video Episode and an image description of the screen capture.



Content Notice




  1. Episodes of The Harmony Show regularly include discussions of race, transness, queerness, disability, class, and gender. By extension, racism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, classism, and sexism regularly come up. Incidents of violence depicted in news media and the existence of (and fear of) racialized and / or sexualized and / or gender-based violence experienced by the hosts and guests of The Harmony Show have been discussed in several episodes.
  2. Sex, descriptions of sex between Organiks (and sometimes between Organiks and Synthetiks), as well as the marketing of sexualize and racialized Dolls and Gynoids comes up in many episodes of The Harmony Show.
  3. Animal meat 4 is sometimes prepared during cooking episodes.
  4. As an unaffiliated, web-based show, we sometimes use words disallowed by FCC guidelines.
    We have not posted content notices for each episode. We honor that our show may not be a fit for all who encounter it. Generally, violent and sexually explicit content isn’t described in detail, and we are committed to approaching our subject matter with the utmost care.
    We are open and eager to implement your feedback as we proceed. Should you have feedback and interest in /energy for sharing it, email feedback@theharmonyshow.com. As a reminder, opting out when necessary and taking a break while engaging with our episodes are always a possibility.



 WEEK 1   SEMINAR  

Xiomara Sebastián Castro Niculescu

How Does It Feel to be Human?

Race, Transness, and the Ends of Performance

  • Lugones, María. “Toward a Decolonial Feminism.” Hypatia 25, no. 4 (2010): 742–59.
  • Musser, Amber Jamilla. Sensual Excess: Queer Femininity and Brown Jouissance. Sexual Cultures 51. New York: New York University Press, 2018.
  • Wynter, Sylvia. “The Ceremony Found: Towards the Autopoetic Turn/Overturn, Its Autonomy of Human Agency and Extraterritoriality of (Self-)Cognition.” In Black Knowledges/Black Struggles: Essays in Critical Epistemology, edited by Jason R. Ambroise and Sabine Broeck, 184–252. Liverpool, UK: Liverpool University Press, 2015.



 WEEK 2   SEMINAR  

Amber Jamilla Musser
Black Origins of the Universe


  • Musser, Amber Jamilla. Sensual Excess: Queer Femininity and Brown Jouissance. Sexual Cultures 51. New York: New York University Press, 2018.



 WEEK 3   COOKING SHOW  

Guest Renato Velarde
One Pan Chicken Thighs with Apples


  • Heal Me Delicious. “One-Pan Chicken Thighs with Apples.” November 2, 2020. https://healmedelicious.com/one-pan-chicken-thighs-with-apples/.



 WEEK 4   COOKING SHOW  

Guest Elizabeth Axtman
‘Chocolate’ Plantain Chip Cookies


  • Heal Me Delicious. “‘Chocolate’ Plantain Chip Cookies.” December 10, 2020. https://healmedelicious.com/chocolate-plantain-chip-cookies/.



 WEEK 5   SEMINAR  

Son Kit
Code Yellow

Yellowness, Technology, and Missing Personhood

  • Cheng, Anne Anlin. “Ornamentalism: A Feminist Theory for the Yellow Woman.” Critical Inquiry 44, no. 3 (2018): 415–46. https://doi.org/10.1086/696921. 
  • Wu, Danielle. “Do Androids Dream of Whiteness? Yellowbotics and the Yellow Cyborg.” unbag, 2018. https://unbag.net/reverie/do-androids-dream-of-whiteness.



 WEEK 6   SEMINAR  

Kareem Khubchandani
Aunties and Queer Kinship


  • Khubchandani, Kareem. “Aunty Fever: A Queer Impression.” Essay. In Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings, edited by Clare Croft, 199–204. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017. 
  • Macharia, K’egura. 7 Scenes with Aunties — (and a Note on Method). Critical Aunty Studies, 2021. https://www.criticalauntystudies.com/02-enumerations. 
  • Sethi, Meera. Upping the Aunty, An Addendum. Critical Aunty Studies: An Asynchronous Symposium, 2021. https://www.criticalauntystudies.com/08-drag.



 WEEK 7   COOKING SHOW  

Guests Incred & Camp
Grilled Pork Chops with Cherry Compote


  • Heal Me Delicious. “Grilled Pork Chops with Cherry Compote.” August 29, 2020. https://healmedelicious.com/grilled-pork-chops-with-cherry-compote/. 
  • Nicole. “3 Health and Wellness Myths.” Heal Me Delicious, April 15, 2021. https://healmedelicious.com/health-and-wellness-myths/.



 WEEK 8   SEMINAR  

Elliott Powell
Sounds from the Other Side


  • DJDrasticMusicVideos. “Truth Hurts Feat. Rakim - Addictive [Music Video].” YouTube, February 10, 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cryLYx5H_U
  • Powell, Elliott H. “Recovering Addict(Ive): The Afro–South Asian Sexual Politics of Truth Hurts’s ‘Addictive.’” In Sounds from the Other Side: Afro-South Asian Collaborations in Black Popular Music, 105–22. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2020. https://doi:10.5749/j.ctv19cw9tz.
  • Powell, Elliott H. “Unmastered: The Queer Black Aesthetics of Unfinished Recordings.” The Black Scholar 49, no. 1 (January 2019): 28–39. https://doi.org/10.1080/00064246.2019.1548057.



 WEEK 9   SEMINAR  

Marisa Williamson
Misusing the Master’s Tools


  • Lorde, Audre. “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.” 1984. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. Berkeley, CA: Crossing Press, 2007.



 WEEK 10   COOKING SHOW  

Guests Mahtek & Sarah
Lemon Glazed Blueberry Donuts


  • Gassam Asare, Janice. “What Is Fetishization And How Does It Contribute To Racism?”  Forbes Magazine, February 16, 2021. https://www.forbes.com/sites/janicegassam/2021/02/07/what-is-fetishization-and-how-does-it-contribute-to-racism/?sh=6b8551d26e39. 
  • Heal Me Delicious. “AIP Blueberry Donuts.” June 22, 2020. https://healmedelicious.com/aip-blueberry-donuts/.



 WEEK 11   SEMINAR  

Constantina Zavitsanos
The Ugly Laws


  • Kafer, Alison. “At the Same Time, Out of Time; Ashley X.” Feminist, Queer, Crip. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2013.



 WEEK 12   COOKING SHOW  

Midterm
Peach Ginger Chicken Wings





 WEEK 13   SEMINAR  

Ilana Babou-Harris
Looking with the Erotic


  • Harris-Babou, Ilana. Cooking with the Erotic, 2016. https://ilanahb.com/Cooking-with-the-Erotic-1
  • Lorde, Audre. “The Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power.” 1978. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. Berkeley, CA: Crossing Press, 2007.



 WEEK 14   SEMINAR  

Kyla Schuller
Betty Friedan and the Flourishing of the Housewife


  • Friedan, Betty. “Progressive Dehumanization: The Comfortable Concentration Camp.” The Feminine Mystique. 1963 NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2013.



 WEEK 15   SEMINAR  

Lily Mengesha & Olivia Michiko Gagnon
The Limits of Touch

Race and Intimacy

  • Harris, Jeremy O. Slave Play. American Theatre Magazine. September/August 2019, 38-67.
  • Studium Generale Rietveld Academie. “To the Bone: Some Speculations on Touch, Hortense Spillers, with Rizvana Bradley.” YouTube. June 27, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvL4wUKIfpo.



 WEEK 16   SEMINAR  

Vivian L. Huang
Silence and Asian Femininity


  • Choi, Franny. “What a Cyborg Wants.” Waxwing Literary Journal: American Writers and International Voices, 15:21, 2018. http://waxwingmag.org/items/issue15/21_Choi-What-a-Cyborg-Wants.php. 
  • Huang, Vivian L. “Inscrutably, Actually: Hospitality, Parasitism, and the Silent Work of Yoko Ono and Laurel Nakadate.” Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, 28:3, 2018: 187-203. https://doi.org10.1080/0740770X.2018.1524619
  • Vabethany. “Yoko Ono - Cut Piece (1965).” YouTube. February 28, 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYJ3dPwa2tI&ab_channel=vabethany.



 WEEK 17   COOKING SHOW  

Guests Allison de Fren & Elena Dorfman
Peppermint Patty Cupcakes





 WEEK 18   SEMINAR  

Neda Atanasoski & Kalindi Vora
Surrogate Humanity


  • Atanasoski, Neda, and Kalindi Vora. Surrogate Humanity Race, Robots, and the Politics of Technological Futures. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019.



 WEEK 19   COOKING SHOW  

Guest Nicole of Heal Me Delicious
Stuffed Sweet Potato Cakes


  • Heal Me Delicious. “AIP Stuffed Sweet Potato Cakes.” February 15, 2021. https://healmedelicious.com/stuffed-sweet-potato-cakes/.
  • Nicole. “3 Health and Wellness Myths.” Heal Me Delicious, April 15, 2021. https://healmedelicious.com/health-and-wellness-myths/.



 WEEK 20   COOKING SHOW  

Guest Kino Coursey
Plum Sheet Cake


  • Heal Me Delicious. “Plum Sheet Cake.” May 11, 2020. https://healmedelicious.com/plum-sheet-cake-aip-paleo-vegan/.



 WEEK 21   COOKING SHOW  

Final
Banana Milkshake


  • Heal Me Delicious. “Banana Milkshake.” September 23, 2020. https://healmedelicious.com/aip-banana-milkshake/.
  • Kim, Eunjung. “Why Do Dolls Die? The Power of Passivity and the Embodied Interplay Between Disability and Sex Dolls.” Essay. In Pedagogy, Image Practices, and Contested Corporealities, edited by Sarah Brophy and Janice Hladki, 20-32. New York: Routledge, 2015.




How to support The Harmony Show and this syllabus



Semester / Season One of The Harmony Show was self-funded and is available for free in its entirety on theharmonyshow.com.

If The Harmony Show and its corresponding syllabus are helpful to you, consider supporting the project:

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Excluding the project’s initiator, The Harmony Show involved the labor and participation of thirty-six people, all of whom were offered payment. Of this group, thirty-one people received payment—three at generous reduced rates—while six declined payment in support of the semester / season. Further information on The Harmony Show’s budget and donation process are available upon request.