Staring Into The Abyss: A Filthy Dreams Election Think Piece
Opinion

Staring Into The Abyss: A Filthy Dreams Election Think Piece

Samuel Beckett seems like a good place to start. After election night on Tuesday, it feels like we’re living in one of his plays. I didn’t really want to write this piece–or any election-related “think piece.” It always seems egomaniacal and self-indulgent. But, I couldn’t find a way to avoid writing about our ominous election of Donald Trump. Continue reading

History Keeps Me Awake At Night: Civilization And Its Discontents In ‘Repossession’
Art

History Keeps Me Awake At Night: Civilization And Its Discontents In ‘Repossession’

I don’t know about you, dearest Filthy Dreams readers, but the past couple weeks (ok, year) have felt like civilization failed us. Between the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the shootings in Dallas, the shootings at Pulse in Orlando, the Brexit vote, the attack in Nice, the failed coup attempt in Turkey and … Continue reading

X-Ray Of Civilization: Beyond Biopolitics In Carlos Motta’s ‘Deviations’
Art

X-Ray Of Civilization: Beyond Biopolitics In Carlos Motta’s ‘Deviations’

What would happen if we looked back–past the contemporary Western civilization that we know? Past governments that try to regulate use of bathrooms depending on the biological sex written on birth certificates? Past governmental restrictions on who can be served at what establishment? Past rigidly constructed sexual and gender identities based on science, law and religion? Past, as Foucault described, biopower and biopolitics? What would happen if we looked back to cultures where there were no identities only acts? Continue reading

From New York To Paris: Peter Hujar And Christer Strömholm Look At Their Lost Downtowns
Art

From New York To Paris: Peter Hujar And Christer Strömholm Look At Their Lost Downtowns

“To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt,” says Susan Sontag in On Photography, who was one of many Downtown fixtures captured by photographer Peter Hujar. Present in Lost Downtown, an exhibition commemorating the devastatingly impressive … Continue reading

You Are Invited To–Party Out Of Bounds: Nightlife As Activism Since 1980
Art

You Are Invited To–Party Out Of Bounds: Nightlife As Activism Since 1980

  Why hello there, dearest Filthy Dreams readers and fellow filth fanatics! It’s about the right time to announce what your co-founder Emily Colucci and intrepid contributor Osman Yerebakan have been working hard on since December 2013. As you know, Filthy Dreams was originally conceptualized as a sleazy bar before we lowered our expectations and started … Continue reading