Los Angeles: KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House

Press release by Allyson Mitchell

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KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House

October 16-30, 2015

Plummer Park, West Hollywood
Long Hall
1200 North Vista Street
West Hollywood, CA 90046

OPENING Friday, October 16, 2015, 5:30-9:30pm
CONTINUES from 6:30-9:30pm Saturday and Sunday, October 17 & 18; Thursday-Sunday, October 22-25; and Wednesday-Friday, October 28-30, 2015.

Lesbian Rule

Forget the dead this Halloween.
Feel the pulsing throb of something larger than life in KillJoy’s Kastle.

Each Halloween radical evangelical groups build hell houses. These performer-animated installations showcase a gruesome retribution for the sins of fornication, abortion, suicide, occultism, and—of course—same-sex relationships. This Halloween, Toronto based-artists Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell reclaim this hellish scenario with their sex positive, trans inclusive, queer lesbian-feminist-fear-fighting celebration KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House organized by ONE Archives in West Hollywood. Designed to pervert, not convert, this haunted house of freaky feminist skill sharing and paranormal consciousness-raising reanimates the archive of lesbian herstory with all its wonders and thorny complications. Expect horror.

Holey Hell House!

Dare to be scared by gender-queer apparitions, ball-busting butches, and never-married, happy-as-hell spinsters. Get down on riot ghouls and radical vampiric grannies while channeling your inner consciousness hell-raiser. Each evening of nightmarishly non-assimilated lesbian mayhem will include multiple live performances, bands, video projections, and much more fun too frightening to reveal…just yet.

Deep Lez becomes Creep Lez—Just in time for Halloween
(Insert witchy cackle here)

Follow your demented women’s studies tour guide through the glorious and grisly KillJoy’s Kastle. Groups are welcome, especially the unruly kind. This ground-up, maximalist, not-to-be-missed haunted house—nailed, knit, and glued by a coven of dedicated feminists—provides a rare glimpse into this dystopic/utopic craftivist world-view.

To book viewing appointments or class tours of KillJoy’s Kastle, please contact David Frantz at defrantz@usc.edu. Please note, October 16 through 25 an ASL interpreter will be available for visitors.

KillJoy’s Kastle includes a fully stocked gift shop for all undead lesbian shoppers organized by Otherwild.

KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House originated in collaboration with, and through financial support of, the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), Toronto. Support for this presentation of the KillJoy’s Kastle is provided by the City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission. Additional support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the ONE Archives Foundation.

Readykeulous by Ridykeulous: This is What Liberation Feels Like™

A silent short film about Readykeulous by Ridykeulous: This is What Liberation Feels Like™ at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, USA (2014).

Readykeulous by Ridykeulous: This is What Liberation Feels Like™ organised for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, USA (2014) by artists Nicole Eisenman and A.L. Steiner, who together form the curatorial initiative Ridykeulous, a queer feminist zine published in 2006.

The exhibition featured work by: Kathy Acker, Abe Ajay, Mike Albo, Artists Poster Committee (Frazier Dougherty, Jon Hendricks, Irving Petlin), Kathe Burkhart, Nao Bustamante, Jibz Cameron, Leidy Churchman, Dennis Cooper, Zackary Drucker, Nicole Eisenman, Tracey Emin, Daniel Feinberg, Louise Fishman, Glen Fogel, Hollis Frampton, Simon Fujiwara, Gary Gissler, Guerilla Art Action Group (G.A.A.G.), Harmony Hammond, Kathleen Hanna and Toby Vail, K8 Hardy, I.U.D., Donald Judd, Zoe Leonard, Ali Liebegott, Lucy Lippard, Catherine Lord, Bernadette Mayer, Allyson Mitchell & Deirdre Logue, Eileen Myles, Chuck Nanney, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Laura Parnes, Adrian Piper, William Powhida, Ad Reinhardt, Ridykeulous, Carolee Schneemann, Jack Smith, Nancy Spero, Nicola Tyson, Kara Walker, and David Wojnarowicz.

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.