"Cruising Utopia" is a live A/V performance collaboration with the video glitch artist Sara Goodman that integrates sampling, remix, oral history, and club music. It takes its name from José Esteban Muñoz's book of the same title and asks questions about queerness, nightlife, safety, freedom, and the knowledge contained by bodies in motion. By addressing these questions in the form of a DJ set, the performance reflexively initiates the ephemeral, not-quite-yet-here, queer utopia it attempts to articulate.
Performed on 09/29/2018 at ICUQTS (International Chicago Underground Queer Transcendence Symposium)
Photo: Colectivo Multipolar
“Sara Goodman and Sasha No Disco’s VJ/DJ set, titled Cruising Utopia in homage to Muñoz, attempted to build a portal to that not-yet-here queer utopian ideality. Nightlife was not only the subject of story but also crucial to their form of storytelling, which eagerly embraced ambience, body language, distortion and genre dissonance (everything from disco to M. Lamar’s implosive operatic goth gospel) as much as narrative.” -Noah Fields, “Art on the Dance Floor,” Scapi Mag
Sounds by Sasha No Disco
Visuals by Chaski
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