University of Southern California, Media Arts + Practice, Gender Studies
Diego Costa is a Provost research fellow at the University of Southern California's Interdivisional Media Arts & Practice PhD program and a teaching assistant in Gender Studies. His film work explores the constitutive and symptomatic relationship between queer flesh and queer psyche in essayistic self-fiction and domestic ethnography modes. In the feature-length The Parricide Sessions (2007), shown at the IFC Center in New York and international film festivals, Costa engages in psychodramatic games with his father, who is invited to play Costa’s former lovers in the film. In Project ADAM (2010) Costa probes the naked body of a “perfect faggot”being in an empty room, asking what might be lodged in his throat and celebrating the never-ending non-productivity of his existence. As an academic Costa has focused his research on digital sexual economies, gender-nonconformant children, and barebacking — through a hybridization of contemporary Queer Theory and Lacanian Psychoanalysis.