Civil Partnerships? Queer and Feminist Curating: Conference Video Recordings (2012)

Civil Partnerships? Queer and feminist curating at Tate Modern, London, 2012 – Part 1: Welcome and Maura Reilly, Toward a Curatorial Activism.

Civil Partnerships? Queer and feminist curating – Part 2: Panel One, Queer Visual Strategies. FAG: Feminist Art Gallery, Toronto, Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue CAN’T/WON’T, Lisa Metherell, Queer Encounters with Art: (Dis)Orientations Beyond Representations of Sexual Bodies followed by a Q&A with FAG and Lisa Metherell chaired by Helena Reckitt.

Civil Partnerships? Queer and feminist curating – Part 3: Panel Two, Queer Collections with Suzana Milevska, Staging the Transgression, Matt Smith, Embedding Queer into Collections, Q&A chaired by Patrik Steorn.

Civil Partnerships? Queer and feminist curating – Part 4: Panel Three, Queer Contexts. This recording includes an introduction to final session by Emily Pringle, Michael Petry, Corporate Queers: suits, ties and pin-striped shirts. Curating in a business environment, Pawel Leskowicz, Queering the National Museum of Poland: Elke Krasny, Queering Memory: Morzinplatz, Vienna. A Q&A chaired by Emily Pringle. Closing remarks concludes the event.

Call for Proposals: Killjoy’s Kastle Book Project

We seek contributions for a volume of collected essays related to artist Allyson Mitchell’s Killjoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House. This large-scale installation and performance invites visitors to walk-through an unconventional gallery space designed in the tradition of carnivals, evangelical Christian fright nights, and lesbian feminist direct action aesthetics. The project, initially staged in Toronto (in collaboration with the Art Gallery of York University) in the fall of 2013, has since shown in London (at the British Film Institute, 2014) and will soon travel to Los Angeles (by invitation from ONE National Lesbian and Gay Archives, 2015), engaging a range of queer and feminist publics in interactive encounters with the frightening spirits that haunt feminist and queer history. Assembled with the help of fifteen artists, the finished Kastle staged in Toronto featured thirty performers; they brought to life the monstrous, abject, and horrifying status of unassimilated queers and feminists in the political imaginary, playing polyamorous vampiric grannies, ball busters, “lesbian” zombie folk singers, and real-life feminist killjoys, among other roles. Thousands of visitors have toured the Kastle to date and the project has reached thousands more through heated media coverage and online dialog. The Killjoy’s Kastle book seeks to further the project’s public role by extending these dialogs through the realm of publishing. In addition to essays that engage directly with the work, we seek contributions that further critical conversations about themes raised by the project.

The Killjoy’s Kastle book is co-edited by Allyson Mitchell ( and Cait McKinney ( We invite proposals on a range of topics related to Killjoy’s Kastle, but are especially interested in work that considers the project in relation to the themes outlined below. We seek a balance of essays from established and emerging scholars and writers.


The art of abjection or horror
Queer temporalities or the archive
Historical traditions of the carnival, fright-night, Christian hell houses, or other horror genres
Contemporary art and queer or feminist historiography
The role of race and intersectional feminisms in remembering histories
Feminist publics, controversy, digital feminisms
Textiles, installation, and/or performance traditions
The making-of: collective work processes and practice-based research

Formally we seek two types of written contributions: more traditional research essays ranging from 3,000–5,000 words, and shorter, more informal snapshots or offerings (500–1,000 words) that might focus closely on one aspect of the Kastle: for example, a close interpretation of one diorama or work from within the installation, or a personal narration of encountering the Kastle in relation to the themes set out above.

Proposals of 300-500 words can be sent to: and Please indicate in your proposal if you plan to write a longer essay or a shorter piece. Please include a short bio with your proposal. We would like to receive proposals by July 15, 2015.

ALIEN SHE at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, California

Alien She – Examining the lasting impact of Riot Grrrl

Fri, Oct 24, 2014 to Sun, Jan 25, 2015
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, California, USA

Description of the exhibition and the video:

‘AlIEN SHE is the first exhibition to examine the lasting impact of Riot Grrrl, a pioneering punk feminist movement that emerged in the early 1990s in reaction to pervasive and violent sexism, racism, and homophobia in the punk music scene and in the culture at large. Emphasizing female and youth empowerment, collaborative organization, creative resistance, and DIY ethics, Riot Grrrl helped a new generation to become active feminists and create their own culture and communities that reflect their values and experiences, in contrast to mainstream conventions and expectations. This exhibition focuses on seven people whose visual art practices were informed by their contact with Riot Grrrl, in addition to a historical section sampling the movement’s vast creative output through hundreds of self-published zines, hand-designed posters, musical playlists representing different Riot Grrrl scenes internationally, video interviews, and more.

Each artist is represented by several projects from the last 20 years, including new and rarely seen works, providing an insight into the development of their creative practices and individual trajectories. Featured artists include: Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Tammy Rae Carland, Miranda July, Faythe Levine, Allyson Mitchell, L.J. Roberts, and Stephanie Syjuco.’


ALIEN SHE is curated by Astria Suparak and Ceci Moss, and organized by the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University.

ALIEN SHE Curators Tour at Carnegie Mellon University – Archives Part I

ALIEN SHE Curators Tour – Part II Allyson Mitchell, Tammy Rae Carland, Miranda July

ALIEN SHE Curators Tour – Part III L.J. Roberts, F. Levine, S. Syjuco, G. Brooks Takahashi