madison moore is a cultural critic, dj and creative director based in london and berlin. his work touches pop culture, queer studies, fashion, nightlife, sound, media, visual culture and contemporary art. madison holds a ph.d. in american studies from yale university and is currently an erc funded researcher in 'modern moves' in the department of english at king's college london, where he is also the director of the queer@king's research centre.
his first book fabulous: the rise of the beautiful eccentric will be published in the us in april 2018 on yale university press and worldwide in june 2018. drawing on autobiography, cultural analysis, interviews and observation, fabulous brings the reader on a journey through nightclubs, street fashion, contemporary art, pop culture and vogue balls to tell the story of fabulousness as a politic as well as a form of resistance.
madison's research focuses broadly on (queer) aesthetic practices and experiences. in these trying political times, the center of his work is a commitment to the necessity of black joy and queer pleasure. madison zeroes in on music, fashion, performance, art, and nightlife -- the realm of the aesthetic worlds around us -- to highlight how people use pleasure every day to stage small acts of resistance.
his scholarly and popular writing has been published by the creators project, splice today, thought catalog, INTO, out, aperture, interview, art in america, theater, the journal of popular music studies, dancecult: the journal of electronic dance music culture and the cambridge companion to the singer-songwriter. he has given invited lectures, held residencies, lectured and performed at universities, art galleries and nightclubs around the world, including king's college london, the university of oxford, virginia commonwealth university, the university of st. andrews, university college london, reed college, the portland institute for contemporary art, cuny graduate center, tate britain, the barbican, somerset house, east bloc (london), five miles (london) elektrowerkz (london) and performance space sydney.
a new book project called how to go clubbing is currently in the works -- an exploration of the myth and mythology of saturday night. part of this narrative is highlighting the value of queer nightclub spaces. black, brown, queer and trans people invented modern club culture, but these bodies are the first kicked out of the narratives about club spaces and histories. as a techno DJ madison is creative director and resident DJ at OPULENCE, a london-based queer techno party. musically, he has a passion for bass, soundscapes and the romantic, emotive power of dark techno, with flourishes of sassy, uplifting brilliance. and beyonce.
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photos by OPULENCE