Dream Babes

Ann Ayoola, Sydney Baloue, Jay Bernard, Shu Lea Cheang, cruise_control, Evan Ifekoya, Manara (BBC AZN Network), Ooretha, Eric Pussyboy + Abigail Gnash, Raju Rage, Resis'dance, Adam Saad, Victoria Sin, Spacer Woman (Chooc Ly Tan), Special Tears (Cassandre Greenberg + Christopher Kirubi).
September 7th - 9th 2016


Drag is embodied speculative fiction, clubs are queer heterotopias, pornography is pedagogy, and queer collectivity is a means of survival.

History and science are parafiction: patriarchal, colonial and capitalist storytelling reified into cultural metanarratives of heroism and domination; creating a default subject who is white, male, heterosexual, able, cisgendered and human.

Representation is reality and we have a response-ability to seek out worlds whose stories are told outside of (t)his paradigm that pervade our everyday experience as subjects who are gendered, raced, and sexed.

In the face of representational violence, speculative fiction is a productive medium to invade existing narratives that naturalize normative states of sex, gender and race, imaging futurity that does not depend on existing historical and social infrastructure.

Dream Babes is a long-term project by Auto Italia in collaboration with Victoria Sin featuring artists using speculative fiction as a productive medium for intersectional queer experience, bringing together practitioners working across varied mediums to enact worlds that we are for, with others.

This project is comprised of many iterations, public moments and opportunities to come together.

Upcoming Dream Babes programme:
When we create space to flourish in a world that is not for us, we are creating speculative fiction. With our feet on Earth and our heads firmly in the sky, Dream Babes invites you to our host vessel from the 7th-9th September: a space to enact queer collectivity, imaging worlds we are for, together.  

Wednesday 7th September
2-5pm: Resis’dance DJ Workshop
6-9pm: Special Tears presents CRY BABY: Get Close
9-11pm: Manara DJ set

Thursday 8th September
7.30-8.30pm: Evan Ifekoya + Victoria Sin
9-11pm: Spacer Woman (Chooc Ly Tan) DJ set

Friday 9th September
2.30-4pm: Delany Fanclub
6.30-8.30pm: Lipstix and Lipsynx Performative Workshop with Adam Saad and Raju Rage
9-11pm: Sydney UltraOmni DJ set


Wednesday 7th September

2-5pm: Resis’dance DJ Workshop  booking essential
This workshop led by Resis’dance aims to give an opportunity for female, trans, and non-binary people to learn the basics of DJing in a welcoming, non judgemental environment. In this workshop we will go through setting up your equipment from scratch, how to identify problems in sound, basics of CDJs, mixing, beat matching and double time phenomenon – no previous DJ experience is required.

Resis’dance exists to create platforms for women, especially marginalised women; women of colour, trans women, working class women, women who are struggling, non-binary identifying people. It’s about highlighting women that are doing amazing things, affirming their value, and giving them space to showcase their work and passions.

Note – this event is aimed at QTIPOC (queer, trans, intersex, people of colour). More information and booking at Eventbrite.

6-9pm: Special Tears presents CRY BABY: Get Close  booking advised

Special Tears invites you to an evening of ~slow jams~

We would like to share with you some notes on desperation, on-closeness and on trying not to really think about it, which means that all we really do is think about it (Stressing, Obsessing and Doing Too Much).

Speak out soft

6-8pm: DJ sets by Ann Ayoola, Ooretha, cruise_control and more TBA.
8pm: performance by Special Tears (Cassandre Greenberg + Christopher Kirubi).

More information and booking at EventbriteOrganised in collaboration with SPACE Art + Technology.

9-11pm: Manara DJ set  all welcome, no booking necessary
Manara is a South London DJ and producer with ties to two of club music’s most innovative labels: Night Slugs and Fade To Mind. Last year she established the BBC AZN Network radio show on U.K. station Radar Radio with fellow London artists 2shin and Sweyn Jupiter.


Thursday 8th September

7.30-8.30pm: Evan Ifekoya + Victoria Sin – all welcome, no booking necessary
What is enabled
In the space of a groove?
Tell me a story,
Share an experience,
Of a song that moved you.
Of a look from someone
that transported you,
Outta this world.

What is enabled
In the space of a groove?
Tell me a story,
Take me on a journey,
To when a DJ transported you,
When a dancefloor transformed you,
Into a most complete
Version of self.

In the space of a groove
Let’s Voyage together,
Beyond the conflict of language,
Where body feedback
Can generate a belonging.

Evan and Victoria invite you to partake in a moment of queer collectivity focussing on our experiences of nightlife and the physical within the social body.

9-11pm: Spacer Woman (Chooc Ly Tan) DJ set – all welcome, no booking necessary
Chooc Ly Tan (Spacer Woman) is an Afro-Asian Artist, DJ & Voyager, born in France, educated in London and Reykjavik, and in residence on Planet Earth. With a penchant for electronic music, Chooc Ly’s DJ sets present a varied selection taking in from Hip Hop, Afrobeat, Bollywood, experimental Dakbe, high-voltage Electro, through to fusions we haven’t found names for yet.


Friday 9th September

2.30-4pm: Delany Fan Club – all welcome, no booking necessary
Join us for an informal afternoon screening group, looking at the work of science fiction writer and essayist Samuel Delany. We will be watching clips from a number of interviews with Delany, discussing sex, race and gay history, as well the documentary The Polymath, Or The Life And Opinions Of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman.

6.30-8.30pm: Lipstix and Lipsynx Performative Workshop with Adam Saad and Raju Rage  booking essential

A workshop to un/cover our secret present selves and open up queer portals of self-affirmation for *moments of future whateva*.

The session will take two ideas/methods used by the facilitators within their practices and daily lives, as techniques of survival and revival: Lipsyncing and performances of Self Affirmation. We will discuss and perform what it means to be ‘us’: to be queer of colour / to disidentify* / to be outside and inside of the mainstream – and what we do to navigate these realms.

Note: this event is strictly limited for QTIPOC (queer, trans, intersex, people of colour). For more information and booking, visit the Eventbrite or email info@autoitaliasoutheast.org with questions on eligibility.

9-11pm: Sydney UltraOmni DJ set – all welcome, no booking necessary
Sydney UltraOmni is the other half of “English Breakfast,” a regular voguing night happening every third Thursday of the month at Trapeze Basement Club in Shoreditch, London. A proud member of the iconic New York voguing House of UltraOmni, when Sydney is not walking “butch realness” at a ball, he loves mixing house, b*tch tracks, soca chunes and disco throwbacks for his friends.


August 3rd, 7-9pm: Speculative Sex: I.K.U. and Neurosex Pornoia. In the future, sexual experience is downloadable, hackable, and uploaded via neurological implants that stimulate your sensory nerves and pleasure centres directly. ‘Speculative Sex’ presents work by Shu Lea Cheang and Eric Pussyboy & Abigail Gnash using science fiction narratives as a medium to re-present bodies and sex.

Dream Babes Speculative Fiction Reading Group – an ongoing group meeting to read and discuss speculative fictions that challenge traditional representations of subjectivity, with a focus on queer, feminist and POC narratives and experience.


Dream Babes is a part of Live Event Series, a programme in collaboration with Goethe-Institut London, and with support from Arts Council England and Mercers’ Company.

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