madison moore is a cultural critic, dj and assistant professor of gender, sexuality and women's studies at virginia commonwealth university. he is creative director and resident dj at OPULENCE, an art-collective and queer techno party. madison writes about pop culture, beyonce (lmao), queerness, fashion, nightlife, sound, media, visual culture and contemporary art. he holds a ph.d. in american studies from yale university and has been profiled by both the new york times and the new york observer.
in his first book fabulous: the rise of the beautiful eccentric, published by yale university press, madison takes fabulousness seriously as a radical aesthetic practice, writing powerfully and with vigor, grace and humor about how marginalized people turn pain and struggle into opulence. get out your sequins and grab a cocktail -- fabulous is a rich, accessible, and sickening piece of pop queer theory that will introduce you to the WERK of fabulousness.
between may 2014 and may 2018 madison was a european research council (ERC) postdoctoral research associate in "modern moves" in the department of english at king's college london, where he was also the director of the queer@king's research centre.
madison's writing has been published in the paris review, the creators project, newnownext, 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 lectured on topics related to queerness, blackness, pop culture, music and queer nightlife at universities, art galleries and nightclubs around the world, including performance space sydney, king's college london, the university of oxford, virginia commonwealth university, the university of st. andrews, university college london, tate modern, the national portrait gallery, reed college, the portland institute for contemporary art (PICA), cuny graduate center, tate britain, the barbican, somerset house.
as a dj he has performed at the portland institute for contemporary art (PICA), tate britain, the barbican, somerset house, east bloc/sedition (london), five miles (london), ://aboutblank (berlin), elektrowerkz (london) and performance space sydney (australia).
madison is currently at work on an EP of electronic music and a new book under contract at yale university press called how to go clubbing -- an exploration of the myth and mythology of saturday night. as a techno DJ madison has a passion for bass, soundscapes and the romantic, emotive power of dark techno, with flourishes of sassy, uplifting brilliance. and beyonce. find his mixes here under the "dj mixes" tab -- and fall into the fantasy!
for public lectures, interviews and dj bookings please use the contact form or send an email to email@example.com
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