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madison moore 'Fabulous' @ Blackwell's, Oxford
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

madison moore 'Fabulous' @ Blackwell's, Oxford

Blackwell's presents an evening with madison moore, who will be exploring his new book 'Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric', an exploration of what it means to be fabulous - and why eccentric style, fashion, and creativity are more political than ever.

What does it mean to be fabulous? Is fabulous style only about labels, narcissism, and selfies—looking good and feeling gorgeous? Or can acts of fabulousness be political gestures, too? What are the risks of fabulousness? And in what ways is fabulous style a defiant response to the struggles of living while marginalized? madison moore answers these questions in a timely and fascinating book, moving from catwalks and nightclubs to the street, 'Fabulous' includes a range of fabulous and creative powerhouses, including DJ Vjuan Allure, voguing superstar Lasseindra Ninja, fashion designer Patricia Field, performance artist Alok Vaid‑ Menon, and a wide range of other aesthetic rebels from the worlds of art, fashion, and nightlife. 

madison moore, is a cultural critic, DJ, and creative director whose writing has appeared in Theater, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture, Aperture, Thought Catalog, Out,Splice Today, and Interview. His work touches pop culture, queer studies, fashion, nightlife, sound, media, visual culture and contemporary art. madison is currently a Research Associate 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 moore will be interviewed by Ruth Ramsden-Karelse. Ruth is a co-convener of the Queer Studies Network and a DPhil candidate in the English Faculty, based at Merton College, University of Oxford. Ruth is primarily interested in drag performances as sites at which gender, sexuality, race and class intersect in their full contextual complexity.

For all enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk. The doors for this event will open at 6:45pm, with seats allocated on a first come, first seated basis. There will be a bar serving an array of drinks available to purchase from 6:45pm-7pm.

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Madison Moore 'Fabulous' Book Launch @ Gay's the Word
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

Madison Moore 'Fabulous' Book Launch @ Gay's the Word

Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric

A standing book launch with author madison moore, a cultural critic based at King's College London. Doors, 7pm

Fabulous is published by Yale University Press in the UK on June 12th. 

Is being fabulous only about style, narcissism, and selfies? Or can acts of fabulousness be political gestures, too? A riveting synthesis of autobiography, cultural analysis, and ethnography, moore’s study examines how extreme risk-taking in style, creativity, and performance allows queer, black, and other marginalized outsiders to gain a voice in a world where they are not supposed to exist.

An exploration of what it means to be fabulous—and why eccentric style, fashion, and creativity are more political than ever

Prince once told us not to hate him ’cause he’s fabulous. But what does it mean to be fabulous? 

Is fabulous style only about labels, narcissism, and selfies—looking good and feeling gorgeous? Or can acts of fabulousness be political gestures, too? What are the risks of fabulousness? And in what ways is fabulous style a defiant response to the struggles of living while marginalized? 

madison moore answers these questions in a timely and fascinating book that explores how queer, brown, and other marginalized outsiders use ideas, style, and creativity in everyday life. 

Moving from catwalks and nightclubs to the street, moore dialogues with a range of fabulous and creative powerhouses, including DJ Vjuan Allure, voguing superstar Lasseindra Ninja, fashion designer Patricia Field, performance artist Alok Vaid-Menon, and a wide range of other aesthetic rebels from the worlds of art, fashion, and nightlife. 

In a riveting synthesis of autobiography, cultural analysis, and ethnography, moore positions fabulousness as a form of cultural criticism that allows those who perform it to thrive in a world where they are not supposed to exist.

About

madison moore, PhD, is a cultural critic, DJ, and creative director whose writing has appeared in Theater, Journal of Popular MusicStudies, Dancecult: Journal of Electronic DanceMusic Culture, Aperture, Thought Catalog, Out,Splice Today, and Inteview. Born in Ferguson, Missouri, madison currently lives in London and Berlin. www.madisonmooreonline.com

Praise

“Fabulous is an absorbing, engagingly written, and highly insightful study of how ‘beautiful eccentrics’ creatively self-fashion themselves to articulate identity, assert presence, and reclaim power on the streets and in the nightclub.”—Harvey Young, author of Black Theater Is Black Life

"Fabulous does not simply track new club worlds, it takes us to them. The book does not just tell us about fashion and clubs, it is immersed in the scenes it conjures. This is engaging, relevant, and glamorous." —Jack Halberstam, author of Female Masculinity and The Queer Art of Failure

"Celebrating the joys of being beautifully eccentric in a bland world, Fabulous offers a theory of fabulousness as political glitter that’s both deviant and defiant. This vivid account of queer motion through clubland’s portals of possibility is a clarion call for a new and colorful consciousness that can collapse stale categories, confront privilege, and combat toxic Trumpism."—Victor P. Corona, author of Night Class: A Downtown Memoir

“[A] revelatory study of one facet of LGBTQ culture and transgressive art and fashion.”—Publishers Weekly

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DIALOGUE (DJ Set)
May
18
to May 19

DIALOGUE (DJ Set)

We're back for another all-nighter in Lawrence Hill on 18th May.

The night is sold out, event info will be sent out via email to ticket holders.

As usual, we have a safe space policy. Please read carefully:
We endeavour to create a safe and inclusive environment for all partygoers, regardless of race, gender, sexuality and ability. If you are made to feel uncomfortable at any point during the night please let one of us know. There will be someone at the door and others around the venue and we will try to rectify any problems, including ejecting people who are behaving inappropriately.

Unfortunately most of the venue is not wheelchair accessible; however, the main room can be accessed with manual wheelchairs up one or two small stairs and the Dialogue crew are more than happy to help in any way we can. Please contact us for more info if needed.

Likewise if you have any suggestions to improve the inclusivity and accessibility of our events please let us know as we'd love to hear them.

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How to Work a Look @ The Photographers' Gallery
May
10
6:30 PM18:30

How to Work a Look @ The Photographers' Gallery

madison moore, artist, DJ, cultural theorist and author gives a talk exploring the connections between queerness, politics and personal style, based on his forthcoming book Fabulous. He is joined by artists Leyneuf Tines and Daniel Brathwaite-Shirley who will share through their own images and discuss with him their own style journeys.

Based in London and Berlin, madison moore’s work touches on pop culture, queer studies, nightlife, sound, media, visual culture and contemporary art. He 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 writing has appeared in Theater, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Aperture, Thought Catalog, Out and Interview. His first book Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric will be published in the U.S. in April 2018 on Yale University Press and worldwide in June 2018. Drawing on creative writing, 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.

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OPULENCE: Queer Techno Party, Second Edition (DJ Set)
Jan
5
to Jan 6

OPULENCE: Queer Techno Party, Second Edition (DJ Set)

queer techno party
queer techno party
queer techno party

lgbtq
poc
safespace

come dressed
come dressed
come dressed

£7 entry + message for low-income list

art direction + photography by Jelly Luise

film by Daniel Brathwaite-shirley

door by Daniel Brathwaite-shirley + Oscar King

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// VENUS IN FURS // 

Venus In Furs cut her teeth on the warehouse party scenes of Montreal and Northern England. Her sets are informed by a 13 year career on both sides of the DJ booth, driven by a voracious musical gourmandism and a hyperbolic knowledge of what makes a good night out.

// MICA COCA //

For me music and especially electronic music is the possibility to express and create complex feelings, atmospheres and impressions by using a language everybody understands!

// MADISON MOORE //

OPULENCE resident DJ madison moore will be serving you a full on, sickening techno fantasy.

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BOOM! A Rave In Blackness @ Somerset House
Nov
25
to Nov 26

BOOM! A Rave In Blackness @ Somerset House

BOOM! A Rave in Blackness takes place in The Deadhouse, a space underneath the Somerset House courtyard, with music stretching from techno to r’n’b, and from house to experimental music.

Evan Ifekoya curates a selection of sound works that explore the relationship between listening and queerness, and between listening and community, with contributions from black artists from across the gender spectrum.  

Featuring DJs Josh Caffe, Venus Ex Machina, Shy One, Marcia Carr, and madison moore.

BOOM! The Politics of Black Sound is a research project supported by the Cultural Institute at King’s College London and Somerset House Studios. Studio Associate Evan Ifekoya and madison moore, a researcher in the Department of English at King’s College London, co-leaders of BOOM!, think about the relationships between sound and blackness, sound and queerness, highlighting black femmes, black queer female and non binary artists in electronic dance music worlds. 

Please note this is an 18+ event. Purchase tickets here

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how to work a look @ University of California, Berkeley
Nov
7
5:00 PM17:00

how to work a look @ University of California, Berkeley

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how to work a look explores the relationships between queerness, spectacular style and resistance. the colloquial phrase "working a look" highlights the queer practice of using fashion to critique restrictive societal norms. for queer, trans, and non binary people of color, style is resistance, a way of fighting through the ashes of everyday life. it is a practice that centers beauty, fashion and getting dressed as deeply political projects. 

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OPULENCE: QUEER TECHNO PARTY @ FIVE MILES
Oct
13
to Oct 14

OPULENCE: QUEER TECHNO PARTY @ FIVE MILES

queer techno party
queer techno party
queer techno party

lgbtq
poc
safespace

come dressed
come dressed
come dressed

£7 entry + message for low-income list.

art direction + photography by jelly luise

door by oscar king

OPULENCE
OPULENCE
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//// TWANG ////

Fusing elements of Techno and Electro, he has carved out a provocative experience for the uninhibited and propagates a bold, high-energy sound in each of his sets. TWANG has been decimating dance floors in shady corners of London’s East End for some time. Fusing elements of Techno and Electro, he has carved out a provocative experience for the uninhibited and propagates a bold, high-energy sound in each of his sets. Cutting his teeth in Cape Town’s Fiction, TWANG's eclecticism has developed into a distinct artistic voice and his newly formed residency Shoes at Vogue Fabric’s has already achieved notoriety.

//// Kasey Riot ////

Born and bred in Vancouver's underground House & Techno music scene and now based in London UK, Kasey Riot is an established international DJ & producer notorious for her bass-injected House sets. Back home she produced elusive warehouse parties Hotline & Night Supply which showcased the best in local & national underground DJs & where she regularly did closing sets that cemented her reputation for delivering carefully curated journeys blending a mix of House, Bassline, Garage and Techno.

In 2012 she shifted her focus to production and after several free releases online, in 2015 Wet Trax signed her debut release Naughty Girl, a remix for Melleefresh & Boy Pussy'. A UK inspired bassline House track. As a result of her new releases and underground partymaking reputation she found herself racking up the air miles and moving floors across Canada, USA & Europe's biggest clubs and festivals.

Today you can find her dropping her signature vibe in London at Ministry Of Sound, Egg & Fire, this summer in Ibiza and her monthly live video streams from LSA. Be sure to keep an eye out for her debut album being released in 2017.

Supported on Tour: Maya Jane Coles, Total Freedom, Miles Dyson, Sneaky Sound System, Brenmar, Jay Zoney, Area 303, Mykki Blanco, LE1F, A Club Called Rhonda, Tom Stephan, Mike Q, Simone Denny, Ruby Rose, Kreayshawn, Steve Aoki, Torro Torro, Fedde Le Grand.

//// madison moore ////

madison moore is a london-based queen/ cultural theorist with a passion for bass, soundscapes and the romantic, emotive power of dark techno, with flourishes of sassy, uplifting brilliance.

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Touching Techno, Feeling Bass (Lecture, Time-Based Art Festival)
Sep
16
2:00 PM14:00

Touching Techno, Feeling Bass (Lecture, Time-Based Art Festival)

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Good techno needs a strong bass line, but bass is a complicated quality. Too much bass creates angry neighbors and noise complaints. Bass can be used in torture and you could even suffer hearing loss if you don’t keep the volume down low enough. But bass also produces affective pleasure and it gets our bodies and booties moving. How do our bodies connect with the bass on the dance floor? What does bass allow us to do or feel? Is there something queer about bass? 

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Houses: Community, Creativity and Competition (Time-Based Art Festival)
Sep
10
2:00 PM14:00

Houses: Community, Creativity and Competition (Time-Based Art Festival)

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In celebration of Pepper Pepper and friends’ fifth and final edition of Critical Mascara: A Post-Realness Drag Ball at TBA, don’t miss this roundtable and mimosa kiki by and for the growing Pacific Northwest ballroom scene. A diverse group of local dancers and performers will come together to get critical and connect about their practice and presence. Panelists include Hydrangea Strangea, the Father of House of Flora; Daniel Girón, Father of House of Ada; Stephaun E. Wallace, Legendary Father and Chairman/CEO House of Blahnik; Kerry Yamauchi, House of Flora; and more. Complimentary mimosas and refreshments will be served!
 

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Late @ Tate Britain: Platinum Paradise (Queer Nightlife Panel + DJ Set)
Jun
2
6:00 PM18:00

Late @ Tate Britain: Platinum Paradise (Queer Nightlife Panel + DJ Set)

Explore how people relate to their queerness in 2017 at a time where mainstream media lacks intersectional representation and sexuality and gender is considered fluid. Celebrate how LGBTQ communities have manifested themselves from the underground to the forefront of popular culture.

Explore QTIPOC nightlife in the Duveens with BBZ, centred on positive feminine energy and eradicating misogyny for queer women and genderqueer people of colour. Catch DJ sets from low-key Londoner and PDA resident Larry B and artist, cultural critic and DJ madison moore.

A new video work and talk by Jay Bernard addresses three vital questions: how do we deal with absences in history? How do we know something is missing if we didn’t know it was there? How do we address erasure, forgetting and deliberate exclusion, particularly around black queer lives? 

Watch UK Gay Bar Directory, a moving image archive of one hundred and seventy gay bars filmed in 13 cities across the UK by artists Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings. The screening will be accompanied by performance from Chloe AD Filani.

madison moore and panellists Victoria Sin, Nontokozo F Sihwa and Jay Jay Revlon address how music, dance floors, and embodied creativity offer sites of resistance, resilience and recognition, all at 128 beats per minute.

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Shona Projects Artist Residency @ Eilean Shona, Scotland
May
11
to May 18

Shona Projects Artist Residency @ Eilean Shona, Scotland

Invited to lead two workshops as part of an artist residency on Eilean Shona, an uninhabited island off the coast of Scotland. One "critical karaoke" workshop focused on our personal connections to music, using the music and karaoke format to tell stories about our favorite pop songs. The second workshop was a DIY Party Tool Kit that highlighted the value and importance of queer nightlife and queer night spaces with the goal the folks would feel inspired to start their own parties in their hometowns. My contribution culminated in a "rave" on the island in the community hall!  

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Notes On A Black Queer Aesthetic @ University College London
May
8
4:00 PM16:00

Notes On A Black Queer Aesthetic @ University College London

This panel session brings together a group of scholars and artists working in and across black, feminist and queer studies. How inseparable are these fields? How might dialogues between black, feminist and queer studies animate different kinds of work? How best to describe this space of animation?

Chaired by Levi Prombaum, PhD candidate, UCL History of Art.

Featuring Sonya Dyer, artist, writer and curator and PhD candidate, Middlesex University; Eleanor Jones, PhD candidate, King’s College London/Tate; madison moore, DJ, writer, pop culture scholar and director of Queer@King’s; and Dhanveer Singh Brar, Junior Research Fellow, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies.

Free and all welcome. Drinks reception to follow.

Organised by qUCL in conjunction with UCL Institute of Advanced Studies. Supported by Octagon Small Grants Fund.

 

 

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How to Go Clubbing: The Magic + Mythology of Saturday Night @ Performance Space Sydney, Australia
Feb
20
6:00 PM18:00

How to Go Clubbing: The Magic + Mythology of Saturday Night @ Performance Space Sydney, Australia

invited performance lecture at performance space sydney. this piece focused on the autobiographical nature of nightlife, that nightlife is essentially about storytelling practices. the performance included autobiography, media and sound, and was particularly relevant in sydney, whose nightlife culture has been under attack due to draconian lock out laws, which have severely damaged the city's nightlife culture. 

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