Hers is Still a Dank Cave: Crawling Towards a Queer Horizon

Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue

2016, 24:32 minutes, Colour, English

TAPECODE 1054.12

"In Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity, José Esteban Muñoz writes, 'We must dream and enact new ways of being in the world.' Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell’s video Hers Is Still a Dank Cave: Crawling Toward a Queer Horizon responds to this injunction by bringing an everyday feminist utopia into being. This new world is not a remote planet twinkling in the distance. It is not only then and there—it is here and now, where we already live.

"The future in
Dank Cave is a mash-up of stereotype and utopia; it is not sanitized or sublimated. We won’t live in the future without our macramé, our shag, our little animals. The female body will not be cleaned up in this queer future—it will arrive trailing its effluvia: bodily fluids, odours, patches of fur, cellulite, granny panties, shag, that sucking sound. The lesbian feminist body, the fat body, the depressed body—it comes wrapped in context, swaddled in knitwear, and it requires a lot of rest. By remaining horizontal and low to the ground, this body serves as a queer horizon, the warm light of potentiality breaking just beyond it." -- Excerpted from “Low” by Heather Love, a catalogue essay from the exhibition  "I’m Not Myself At All," Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue, Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston, Ontario, 2015). 

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