Starts 10/16 and Continues Through 10/30
Forget the dead this Halloween.
Feel the pulsing throb of something larger than life in KillJoy’s Kastle.”
“KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House” opens in West Hollywood on Friday, October 16 from 5:30-9:30PM, and continues through October 30. Visitors will embark on group-guided tours led through a performer animated installation in part inspired by the radical evangelical “hell houses” that crop up around Halloween each year, warning of gruesome retribution for sins including fornication, suicide, occultism, and, of course, same sex-relationships. Via KillJoy’s Kastle, Toronto-based artists Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue reclaim and reinvent this hellish scenario with a sex-positive, trans-inclusive, queer, lesbian feminist fear-fighting celebration.
Organized by the ONE Archives, KillJoy’s Kastle is accessed through the courtyard by Plummer Park’s Long Hall, which has been totally transformed for the grisly goings-on. Outside, lesbian folksingers and assorted entertainers and speakers engage participants. Inside the bloody-fanged Georgia O’Keefe-inspired entryway, performers who are a mix of activists, academics, and local “quirky” types lead groups through a series of interactive experiences, and mind-blowingly maximalist/craftivist handmade environments. It is a haunted house of freaky feminist skill-sharing and paranormal consciousness-raising meant to poke fun at stereotypes of monstrosities of queerness, and exorcize some of the demons and spectres of lesbian feminist herstories. At tour’s end, a lesbian feminist gift shop run by Otherwild (http://otherwild.com/) awaits.
The project had a hugely successful previous run in Toronto in 2013, when more than 5,000 people attended. In a review for Canadian Art, Canada’s most widely read art magazine, Alison Cooley wrote, “KillJoy’s Kastle‘s atmosphere of experimentation, silliness and provocation was infectious. On opening night, a stranger on the upper floor of the building that houses the installation donned a long black dress and hat and danced in front of her window– giving an impression of vastness to the Haunted House, and suggesting anything might happen inside.” (full article: http://canadianart.ca/reviews/allyson-mitchell-killjoys-kastle/)
KillJoy’s Kastle is hosted by the City of West Hollywood and funded in part through a grant from its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission. The event is free and open to the public, and advance bookings are not offered. Lines will form each day outside Plummer Park’s Long Hall (7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 90046). Limited parking is available in surface lots at Plummer Park. One alternative is The PickUp, which offers a safe and convenient way to reach a destination in the City of West Hollywood on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. It travels along Santa Monica Boulevard in a loop with stops in each direction between Robertson Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. The PickUp is free (and fun!). Visit The PickUp online at www.wehopickup.com
The opening for KillJoy’s Kastle is Friday October 16, 5:30-9:30PM.
Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18 from 6:30-9:30PM
Thursday—Sunday, October 22,23, 24 and 25 from 6:30-9:30PM
Wednesday—Friday, October 28, 29 and 30 from 6:30-9:30PM
Photos: Left: KillJoy’s Kastle entryway, Toronto, 2013 Right: KillJoy’s Kastle entryway, West Hollywood, 2015