Just Turn On With Me And You’re Not Alone: “A Selection From The Greer Lankton Archive” At The Mattress Factory
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Just Turn On With Me And You’re Not Alone: “A Selection From The Greer Lankton Archive” At The Mattress Factory

In her essay “Video Remains: Nostalgia, Technology and Queer Archive Activism,” Alexandra Juhasz discusses the importance of “queer archive activism” in preserving the lives of queer folks. Speaking in reference to her own documentary Video Remains, Juhasz explains, “It is not our suffering that is compelling but our willingness to name and record it, and in so doing, make communal and move into the present” (328). Continue reading

Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out: Beyond the Gender Binary at ‘Signal’
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Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out: Beyond the Gender Binary at ‘Signal’

In his song “Lady Stardust” from his seminal album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, David Bowie vividly describes an androgynous gender-bending singer, half-entertaining and half-terrifying a crowd with his decadent aesthetic and songs. Potentially written in honor of T. Rex’s frontman Marc Bolan, “Lady Stardust” also references Bowie’s own playful, visionary and even, utopian transgressions of traditional gender binaries, particularly when dressed as the glam rock savior Ziggy Stardust. Continue reading

Loving The Alien: Filthy Dreams’ Hinterland David Bowie Tribute Playlist
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Loving The Alien: Filthy Dreams’ Hinterland David Bowie Tribute Playlist

Well, yesterday was a doozy wasn’t it, dear Filthy Dreams readers? Learning that after the release of his haunting album Blackstar on Friday, David Bowie passed away, returning to his home planet that he fell from years ago. By essentially heroically scoring his own death with Blackstar, especially the song “Blackstar,” which seems to enact Nietzsche’s … Continue reading

Nightclub School: An Audiovisual Tribute to Steve Strange
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Nightclub School: An Audiovisual Tribute to Steve Strange

Why hello there, my loyal lovely Filthy Dreams readers! What’s that? What’s this colorfully excessive makeup I have on? Oh well, Mary, I’m wearing it in tribute to Steve Strange, the Blitz Kid and frontman of the New Romantic band Visage who sadly passed away recently. Born in Wales as Steve Harrington, Strange’s first foray into … Continue reading