AJ Strout is an independent video artist, producer, feminist, VJ, and entangled machine body from Los Angeles, California. Formally, AJ’s work is a series of experiments that occupy the spaces between established conventions. They work across mediums in video, poetry, graphic design, and live performance to explore the tension that is produced by simultaneously investigating and challenging the boundaries within and between art, entertainment, and technology.
Conceptually, AJ’s work is an investigation of transformation and eroticism as it relates to the queer experience. Their work also addresses the marginalizing effects of social expectations in propriety, decorum, and deference. They often use digital documentation of their queer / alternative / trans / body and it’s aesthetic as a creative lens with which to view and confront the social imaginary’s tendency to pathologize departures from mainstream culture. AJ’s body is a site of resistance to social control–a living document that confronts mores and defies conformity.
Their work in text and image has been published in the Calarts Eye, Mr. Roach Magazine, and Hardy Zine while their installations and performances have shown at the Calarts Digital Expo, Night Gallery in Los Angeles, and Civic Center Studios.
AJ received their bachelor’s in Film and Gender studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, Ca. They also attended California Institute of the Arts where they earned two Masters in Fine Arts; One in Creative Writing and Integrated Media and a second in Art and Technology. They currently direct and curate for the Ex Corpse Art Collective, a growing community of LA based independent queer artists. Ex Corpse hosts Experimental Nite, a monthly event that celebrates counter culture by showcasing local artists in the alternative scene.