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Drag art goes post-human in New York

Signal of change / Drag art goes post-human in New York

By David Finnigan / 22 May 2018

As Eileen Townsend writes in the New York Times, drag artists are going beyond gender politics into the realm of the post-human, alien and apocalyptic. 

One performer is 'Hungry': the creation of a 24-year-old Berliner, Johannes Jaruraak. She (a female drag persona) is "known for looks that showcase a manipulated anatomy: dropped eyes, foreshortened noses, lips airbrushed to appear ephemeral", Townsend reports. 

So what?

As climate change increasingly becomes part of our lived experience, we are forced to become aware of the inseparability between the human and natural worlds. Artists will increasingly play in the ambiguous space of our ecological hopes and anxieties. 

What new directions might this open up for the future of human identity and relationships? 


What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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