Yes, Mary, There Is Still Camp, But It’s Just Conservative Camp
Rants and Raves

Yes, Mary, There Is Still Camp, But It’s Just Conservative Camp

This week, i-D Magazine’s Amelia Abraham published a think piece asking, “Whatever Happened To Camp–Does It Still Exist?” Believe me, Mary, just that question made me recoil in horror. How DARE they wonder if camp still exists?! Why, as we’ve frequently shouted into the abyss here on Filthy Dreams, it’s more important than ever! In … Continue reading

There’s No Place Like Home: Tom Atwood’s “Kings & Queens In Their Castles”
Art / Books

There’s No Place Like Home: Tom Atwood’s “Kings & Queens In Their Castles”

Home can reveal so much about a person. Yes, this is an obvious cliché, but an individual’s architectural and interior design sensibilities–not to mention their cornucopia of tacky knick-knacks scattered around their existence–speaks volumes. This truism relates perhaps even more to queer individuals. Since, at the very least, the Decadents at the turn of the … Continue reading

Sewing Queer Desire From The Pages Of Vintage Erotica: An Interview With Jade Yumang
Art

Sewing Queer Desire From The Pages Of Vintage Erotica: An Interview With Jade Yumang

Walking through Jade Yumang’s current exhibition My-O-My at School of Visual Art’s CP Project Space feels a bit like cruising. Curated by Jasa McKenzie, glimpses of bare flesh peek out of phallic-like tendrils hanging from thirty-two curious sculptures–a series titled Thumb Through–nestled in corners, hung on the walls and hidden in hallways. Yumang culled these fractured images … Continue reading

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

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

From New York To Paris: Peter Hujar And Christer Strömholm Look At Their Lost Downtowns
Art

From New York To Paris: Peter Hujar And Christer Strömholm Look At Their Lost Downtowns

“To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt,” says Susan Sontag in On Photography, who was one of many Downtown fixtures captured by photographer Peter Hujar. Present in Lost Downtown, an exhibition commemorating the devastatingly impressive … Continue reading

Doing the Leftover Things: Notes on Robert Melee’s After-Party Camp
Art

Doing the Leftover Things: Notes on Robert Melee’s After-Party Camp

In Susan Sontag’s seminal, often quoted and equally maligned “Notes on ‘Camp,’” Sontag composes a list of examples of camp including Tiffany lamps, Swan Lake and “stag movies seen without lust.” While Sontag’s list is certainly limited, she surely would not have hesitated to include opulent lamps, gaudy glass chandeliers, shining streamers, clashing ribbons, dangling … Continue reading