This screening takes place within the context of Queering Love, Queering Hormones
, a collaborative project between no.w.here, BFI, King’s College London, and The Society for Endocrinology. The evening features a programme of film and video work by Allyson Mitchell
and Deirdre Logue.
Deirdre Logue is a film and video artist who focuses on the self as subject. Using 'performance for the camera' as a primary mode of production, her compelling self-portrait video suites investigate what it means to be a queer body in the age of anxiety. Diving deep into the unconscious, Logue’s recorded performances are a tangle of doubt, perversion, duration, sexuality, and psychic unrest. Uniquely located on the golden mean between excess and deficiency, self-liberation and self-annihilation, her works are at once unruly and uncanny.
Allyson Mitchell is a maximalist artist. Maximum politics. Maximum mediums. She works in sculpture, performance, installation, drawing, music and film. Her ongoing Deep Lez project has resulted in a coven of lesbian feminist sasquatches, a menstrual hut cinema, a performance troupe called Pretty Porky and Pissed Off and several short crafty animated autobiographical films and videos. She is an associate professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at York University in Toronto.
Recently Mitchell and Logue presented Killjoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House. This project was conceived as a way to subvert hell houses built by radical evangelical groups that aim to frighten “morals” into its visitors. Using a ‘deep lez’ commitment to second wave community skill-sharing and political craft aesthetics blended with an inclusive consideration of current queer identity, Mitchell and Logue created a nightmarish and glorious vision of feminist terror where visitors are expected to form their own interpretations and are encouraged to engage in dialogue about contemporary queer politics. The Kastle has been represented in Toronto (2013) London (2014) and Los Angeles (2015). Finally, Logue and Mitchell have began collaboration on a three chapter video installation project that puts radical feminist texts in productive conversation with contemporary queer theory using puppets, cats and paper mache tactics.
They also co-founded FAG
(Feminist Art Gallery) in 2010. FAG is based in Toronto and also spins in satellite spaces internationally. In order to build community to grow sustainable feminist/queer art, FAG has enabled art exhibitions and provided opportunities for emerging and invisible artists.
Programme curated by Renee Vaughan Sutherland
The premiere of ‘Hers is a Dank Cave’ will take place at DIY Space on Sunday 1st May 2016. For more information please click here.
Allyson: Fag intro 04:48”
Deirdre: Beyond the Usual Limits Part 1 02’09”
Allyson: If Anyone Should Happen to Get In My Way 02’27”
Deirdre: Enlighten Nonsense 21’32”
Allyson: Melty Kitty 02’22”
Allyson: Glitter 00’50”
Allyson Sticker Love 00’30”
Deirdre: Per Se 04’01”
Deirdre: Wheelie 00’47”
Allyson: Unca Trans 05’58”
Deirdre: That Beauty 01’09”
Deirdre: Crash 01’26”
Allyson: Killjoys Castle 13’14”
Deidre: Worry 01’29”
Total running time