Charming for the Revolution: A Congress for Gender Talents and Wildness

If you are in London you don’t want to miss this!

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Tate Modern

Charming for the Revolution is an experimental congress of artists, activists and thinkers, who seek to unpick underpinning, pressing questions of contemporary sexual and gender politics; exploring strategies that divert and destabilise normative gender and its representations. The series of events gathers major international figures who explore radical expressions of sexuality and gender. Their work invokes what Kathy Acker called the ‘languages of wonder, not of judgment’ to imagine new paths to liberation and social justice. This constellation of events at Tate Modern will highlight a range of positions, representations and manifestos to assess and debate an exciting, emerging field of shifting identities, active communities and political dreams.

The series of events features films, performance and a major international symposium and brings together the UK premiere of Wu Tsang’s award-winning film Wildness (2012), followed by Breakdown (2013) a new performance by Tsang in collaboration with Kelela and Ashland Mines; a symposium convened by Carlos Motta with Xabier Arakistain, Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad, Giuseppe Campuzano, J. Jack Halberstam, Beatriz Preciado, Dean Spade, Terre Thaemlitz, Wu Tsang, Del LaGrace Volcano and Campbell X; a performance by Carlos Motta and Matthias Sperling; and a screening of works by Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz.


Trippple Nippples

Trippple Nippples is a japanese electroclash trio, fronted by Yuka Uchida, translator and music lover. They have been described as a rare beast, with their live shows being a Herculean onslaught of visual and audio stimulation. Completely unpredictable and mercilessly unhinged, the goal of their performances runs along the lines of “shock, then surrender then jungle party around the bonfire.” Recently, they have been doing benefit shows to help Japanese homeless (a taboo in Japanese culture).



Hi Fashion



Hi Fashion is an LA-based electro-pop duo. Helmed by Jen DM and Rick Gradone (the two had met at a gay bar in LA, where Rick flirted with Jen believing her to be a man, I kid you not), the duo makes many of the costumes and styling for their music videos themselves. Originally called Hi Fashion $5.99, then Hi Fashion $9.99, the group’s lyrics are often playful and their performances highly extravagant, both speaking on wealth, the concept of glamour, and self-indulgence and gratification.


Fauxnique is a San Fransisco-based faux/bio queen and dancer. Her claim to fame comes from her 2003 win in the annual Miss Trannyshack Pageant, causing a massive uproar within the drag community (Hedda Lettuce is quoted to say that Heklina, the head of Trannyshack, allowing a woman to win the pageant degrades the nature of drag and its history).





She currently has a residency at the deYoung Museum in San Fransisco.