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A Black Swan Song For Ren Hang
Art

A Black Swan Song For Ren Hang

Ren Hang (任航), one of the most recognizable burgeoning contemporary photographers, passed away this week at just 29 years old. Known for his evocative photographs with simple compositions and singular odd elements — exotic animals, unabashed nudity, repetitious visual slips — Ren made desire and openness the forefront of his photographs. Though highly staged, performed … Continue reading

Why Is It So Hard To Get An Institutional Show On Queer History Right?: A Look At ‘Gay Gotham’
Art

Why Is It So Hard To Get An Institutional Show On Queer History Right?: A Look At ‘Gay Gotham’

Are all major institutional exhibitions on queer culture doomed to fail? That’s what it unfortunately seems like, especially in the wake of self-asserted “groundbreaking” exhibitions like Art AIDS America (though not identity-based per se, obviously touched on queer culture and activism) and more recently, the Museum of the City of New York’s Gay Gotham. Curated … Continue reading

There’s No Place Like Home: Tom Atwood’s “Kings & Queens In Their Castles”
Art / Books

There’s No Place Like Home: Tom Atwood’s “Kings & Queens In Their Castles”

Home can reveal so much about a person. Yes, this is an obvious cliché, but an individual’s architectural and interior design sensibilities–not to mention their cornucopia of tacky knick-knacks scattered around their existence–speaks volumes. This truism relates perhaps even more to queer individuals. Since, at the very least, the Decadents at the turn of the … Continue reading

Filthy Dreams’ Mainstream Media Accountability Survey
Rants and Raves / Trash

Filthy Dreams’ Mainstream Media Accountability Survey

  Here at Filthy Dreams, we take FAKE NEWS(!) seriously. That’s why we, like President Loony…I mean, Trump, are launching our first annual Filthy Dreams Mainstream Media Accountability Survey. We’re holding them accountable!! For…something!! Now, you might notice that our survey isn’t quite as long-winded as the GOP’s. I mean, who has time for that?! … Continue reading

Hanging Round The Low Life Dives And Other Zombie Go-Gos: Tal R’s “Keyhole”
Art

Hanging Round The Low Life Dives And Other Zombie Go-Gos: Tal R’s “Keyhole”

In Michel de Certeau’s The Practice of Everyday Life, Vol. 1, Certeau draws the comparison between city walkers and voyeurs. He writes, “To what erotics of knowledge does the ecstasy of reading such a cosmos belong? Having taken voluptuous pleasure in it, I wonder what is the source of this pleasure…” (92). While here Certeau speaks of gazing at the city from above, his description of an “erotics of knowledge” could also delineate strolling through the sleazy façades of red light districts. Continue reading