The project, which occupies the park's entire community center, features a singular marriage of high-minded gender and queer theory mixed in with zombies, witches, feminist latch-hook rugs and some very large sculptures of tampons.The title of the installation is inspired by Sara Ahmed's 2010 book "The Promise of Happiness," which explores the stereotype of the "feminist killjoy.""We were also inspired by the concept of Christian hell houses," Mitchell says.But it will still contain plenty of ghouls and gore — not to mention a performer dressed up like Andy Warhol-shooter Valerie Solanas. version of the piece, which runs for 10 nights, already has lined up more than 1,200 RSVPs. version of the piece, which runs for 10 nights, already has lined up more than 1,200 RSVPs."You will," says co-collaborator Deirdre Logue, "be very harshly entertained."Ghoulish performers spook visitors with their "freaky feminist skills" at the installation of Kill Joy's Kastle in Toronto. Ghoulish performers spook visitors with their "freaky feminist skills" at the installation of Kill Joy's Kastle in Toronto. (Lisa Kannakko / ONE Archives Foundation)Certainly, "Killjoy's Kastle" will not be your average haunted house full of mindless monsters and defenseless ingenues.
"It's an art installation of a haunted house," says Allyson Mitchell, one half of the art duo who created the piece.
Guests are led through the haunted house by a performer playing the role of a "demented women's studies professor." This person guides the visitor through a paranormal consciousness raising, a straw feminist hall of shame (featuring paintings of Beyonce, Lena Dunham and Margaret Thatcher) and a crypt of defunct queer organizations, publications and ideas.
A pair of specially crafted boxing gloves labeled "Out" and "Rage" rest on the floor of one of the haunted house's rooms.
The installation addresses questions of inequity and homophobia while also joyfully lampooning gender studies jargon. Miranda / Los Angeles Times)The installation/performance, organized by the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC, will take visitors through an array of mock serious experiences.
Toronto artists Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue will unveil Kill Joy's Kastle, a lesbian feminist haunted house art installation, in West Hollywood's Plummer Park this weekend.