Don’t Leave Me This Way: Finding The Remnants Of NYC’s Lesbian Bars In Gwen Shockey’s “Addresses”
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Don’t Leave Me This Way: Finding The Remnants Of NYC’s Lesbian Bars In Gwen Shockey’s “Addresses”

Living in New York, you get used to loss–not necessarily just the loss of beloved people, but of establishments. These bars, clubs, dives and cafes, particularly queer and queer-friendly spaces, are not just favored locations to grab a bite or a beer, but they’re where communities and even, worlds are built and thrive (even if temporarily). Continue reading

Disco Ball As A Metaphor: Phoenix Lindsey-Hall’s “Never Stop Dancing”
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Disco Ball As A Metaphor: Phoenix Lindsey-Hall’s “Never Stop Dancing”

I’m a sucker for disco balls. There, I said it. If anywhere or anything includes a mirror ball, I’m immediately a fan. I’m like a moth to a shimmering, glittering flame.

But beyond my lizard brain fixation with shiny objects, disco balls can be harnessed as a complex symbol–a metaphor for community, excess, escapism, utopia, self-fashioned identity and even, safety in nightlife. Continue reading

Nice Mover: Masculin/Féminin in Jürgen Klauke’s ‘Transformer’ and John Arsenault’s ‘Barmaid’
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Nice Mover: Masculin/Féminin in Jürgen Klauke’s ‘Transformer’ and John Arsenault’s ‘Barmaid’

“I’m your transformer Call me Marlene Call me Gino That’s me, you know.” –Gina X Performance “Nice Mover” With her leather-bound looks and Quentin Crisp hero worship, Gina X Performance’s Gina Kikione knows a thing or two about androgyny and gender queering. Kikione opens her narcotic club anthem adopting the identities of both the preeminent old … Continue reading

Dance With Me In The Disco Heat: Disco Memories In Bradley Wester’s ‘DISCOurse #2: Shine’
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Dance With Me In The Disco Heat: Disco Memories In Bradley Wester’s ‘DISCOurse #2: Shine’

“Dancing’s total freedom be yourself and choose your feelin’ come on get up wanna see some swingin’, swayin’, movin’, groovin’, slidin’, glidin’, rockin’, reelin’, come on get up everybody dance” –Sylvester “Dance (Disco Heat)” In Fiona Buckland’s captivating and almost criminally under-read Impossible Dance: Club Culture and Queer World-Making, Buckland analyzes the queer worlds created … Continue reading

Of Discoballs and Baseball Bats: Anna Campbell’s Queer Objects in ‘Etiquette Kit’
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Of Discoballs and Baseball Bats: Anna Campbell’s Queer Objects in ‘Etiquette Kit’

In José Esteban Muñoz’s now probably over-quoted introduction to Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity, Muñoz describes, “Both the ornamental and the quotidian can contain a map of the utopia that is queerness” (1). Similar to Muñoz’s assertion, artist Anna Campbell works almost exclusively with “the ornamental and the quotidian” as a site for … Continue reading