M.A. Cinema Studies, New York University
M.F.A. and B.F.A. Film, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Diego Costa’s PhD dissertation, Queerness Explained to My Mother, works through the symbolic possibilities and the speculative symptomatology of “barebacking” and compulsive cruising in digital sexual economies. Costa’s methodology involves Queer Theory (and practice), psychoanalysis and unconventional intimate archives. As a companion to the written dissertation, he is working on a feature-length experimental film titled Matricídio, a self-ethnographic series of provocative encounters with his Mother, Her sister, and Her drag doppelgängers.
* “The Pharmaco-Pornographic-Compulsive-Interactivity of Everyday Life: What Would Lacan Say About Barebacking?”, in Queer Porn Studies. Edited by Brian Adams-Thies and Robert Phillips. (forthcoming, 2014).
* “On The Queerness of Brazilian Children: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Xuxa, The Doll With No Holes,” in Children, Sexuality and the Sexualization of Culture. (London: Palgrave UK, forthcoming 2014).
* “The Object Must Be Found, The Object Must Be Lacking: Compulsive Cruising, Barebacking, and The Pursuit of Constancy”, in InVisible Culture 21: Pursuit. (forthcoming, 2014).
* “A Irônica Transfobia de Romário: Se Mulheres Biológicas Merecem O Estupro, O Que Merecem As Transexuais No Brasil?,” Brasil Post, April 4, 2014. (in Portuguese, as Diego Semerene)
* “Depois do Gozo: Notas Sobre o Último Capítulo de ‘Amor à Vida’ Uma Semana Depois,” Brasil Post, Feb. 10, 2014. (in Portuguese, as Diego Semerene)
* “The Mother as The Child’s First Bully,” in The Qouch by the Queer Psychoanalysis Society. Feb. 13, 2013.
* “Black Penis, White Phallus: On The Virtuall Outsourcing of Perverse Labor (Or, the cuckold fantasy as colonial encounter),” in Producing Theory: The Intersection of Audiences and Production in a Digital World. Edited by Rebecca Ann Lind (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2013): 143-157.
* “In Praise of Psychoanalysis’ Queerness,” in Trans-Scripts 2 (UC-Irvine, 2012): 223-234.
* “Becoming Modular: the (Re-)Assembled Queer ‘Male’ Body and its Digitally-Enabled Sexual Economy,” in Race/Gender/Media: Considering Diversity across Audiences, Content, and Producers. Edited by Rebecca Ann Lind (Allyn & Bacon, 2012).
* “The Aestheticization of Brazilian Misery.” As It Ought To Be, May 8, 2012.
* “It Doesn’t Get Better, Or Waiting for Godot, Or The Object-Mediated Gangbang” in B Magazine 1 (Retepyx, January 2012): 55-56.
* “L’Homosexuel Brésilien” Translated by Tiphaine Bressin. Edited by Didier Lestrade. In Minorités 105 (Paris: October 2011).
* “Gay Men Are Not Men: The Figure of the Bicha in Brazilian Film,” in Diálogo Magazine 12 (Chicago: DePaul University, 2009): 22-27.
Upcoming Conference Presentations
* “Breaching The Digital Archive of Intimacy: Sexual Cruising as Method” at Web Archiving and Archived Web — a new Research Method, a new Object of Study?, organized by the Danish Digital Humanities Lab/NetLab, at Aarhus University, Denmark, 11-12 June 2014.
* “Matricídio” (Brazil/USA, 89 min., 2014), at the School of Cinematic Arts Complex, USC, SCA 112. Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m.
"Becoming Digital, Becoming Child: The Production of Pleasure in a Post-Cinematic World"
The French journal Minorités, edited by Didier Lestrade, just published Diego Costa’s “L’Homosexuel Brésilien.”
Diego Costa’s article “It Doesn’t Get Better (Or Waiting For Godot, Or The Object-Mediated Gangbang)” is in the January 2012 issue of B Magazine
“Cruising For The Sake of Cruising: Barebacking as a Normative Drive” on Friday, March 28 at 2:30 p.m. at TCC 351
"Matricídio", Diego Costa's experimental feature, premieres on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 9:30 p.m.
Diego Costa to present "Becoming Digital, Becoming Child: The Production of Pleasure in a Post-Cinematic World" at the Avanca Film Festival in Portugal
In "Time is Out of Joint, Body is Out of Time: What Lacan Might Say About Barebacking" Costa muses on barebacking as a symptom of 21st century desire tout court.
Costa's talk is titled "Notes on Brazil’s Positive Crisis: What Exactly Emerges When The Un-Emergeable Emerges?"
Costa will be presenting two talks, "“(Breaching) The Pervert’s Cont(r)act: The Barebacking Subject As The One Who Knows," and “O Que Nåo Dá, Chupa: The Male-To-Female ‘Homosexual’ As Star of the Brazilian Economic Boom.”
Diego Costa will be presenting his talk “Black Penis, White Phallus: On The Virtuall Outsourcing of Perverse Labor (Or, the cuckold fantasy as colonial encounter)” at the Queer Yo Mind Conference at San Francisco State University
As part of the Worlding Showcase of the Visual Studies Conference at the University of California – Irvine, Diego Costa will be presenting “Planeta Xuxa: Notes on The Sexuality of Brazilian Children.”
“Sex With The Motherboard: Digital Intoxication and the Queer Infantility of the (i)Subject “ this Saturday, March 31, at the Cultural Studies Association conference at the University of California – San Diego
Diego Costa’s stop-motion short, “In The Summer of 1992 My Mother Cut My _____ Off”
Diego Costa‘s experimental feature film “Le Principe du Plaisir” (2010) has been acquired by Atlantide Entertainment, the Italian film distributor of queer-themed works
The Perverts Contract: the Barebacking Subject as the One Who Knows, at the NYU Cinema Studies Conference: LOST AND FOUND: Nostalgia and Media
Diego Costa is presenting his talk Becoming Modular: The (Re-)Assembled Queer Male Body and its Digitally-Enabled Sexual Economy at the Rendering the Visible conference
Diego Costa‘s film project ADAM (7 min., 2010) was screened at the Highways Performance Space and Gallery in Santa Monica, Calif