madison moore is an artist, cultural critic, dj and performance-maker based in london. his work touches pop culture, queer studies, nightlife, sound, media, visual culture and contemporary art, and blurs the lines between pop culture, theory and 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.
madison's research focuses broadly on (queer) aesthetic practices and experiences. at the center of this work is a commitment to articulating a politics of pleasure, particularly queer pleasure and black joy. drawing from queer theorists including josé muñoz and eve kosofsky sedgwick, madison zeroes in on music, fashion, performance, art, and nightlife -- the realm of the aesthetic -- to highlight how people use pleasure every day to stage small acts of resistance.
madison's scholarly and popular writing has been published by the creators project, splice today, thought catalog, 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 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, the barbican, east bloc (london), elektrowerkz (london) and performance space sydney.
madison is currently working on three projects. the theory of the fabulous class: creativity at the margins, under contract at yale university press, brings the reader on a journey through nightclubs, street fashion, contemporary art, pop culture and vogue balls to tell the story of fabulousness as an embodied queer aesthetic. his second book project, how to go clubbing, explores the myth and mythology of dancing on saturday night, especially the value of queer nightclub space. the writing and research for how to go clubbing informs strobe, a multi-media performance project based on the nightclub.
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