Marcella & Reverend Thanatos 🕯️
to a journey across academic performativity, spiritual rituals, self-help narratives, erotica and BDSM imagery & literature.
In this performance-workshop we explored perversion as methodology, bringing into conversation queer theories (perversion as a political tool) and psychoanalytic theories of perversion and unconscious desire. We wanted to problematise radical identitarianism by shifting the focus to unleashing individual inner contradictions and perverse fantasies.
The first part was an introductory lecture performance on perversion as methodology. The performers “re-read” relevant (or just irrelevant) texts and asked themselves: is there friction between political identities and desire?
In the second part we invited participants to engage with these narratives:
We asked participants to use images or texts shown in the first part or their own ones and invited them to produce short image/texts. Each work produced was individually delivered as confession to Reverend Thanatos: the toilet booth turned into a confession room was where our perverse desires materialised.
Participants were encouraged to bring with them personal objects, texts or images to work with.
*A second more private room was also available to be used.
The workshop took place at ASFA BBQ 2018 - The Garden of Dystopian Pleasures.
The Garden of Dystopian Pleasures - https://fytafytafyta.wixsite.com/dystopianpleasures