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 led by Victoria Sin in collaboration with Auto Italia 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. To date, Dream Babes has manifested as a reading group, an event – Speculative Sex, a three-day live programme and most recently a Speculative Futures Zine Launch in collaboration with the Horse Hospital.
With special thanks to George Bularca, Stephanie Chang, Dominique Croshaw, Nisha Desai, Esther Dillner, Bruno Gomez, Julius Grifin, Daisy Hodgson, Suzy Iverson, Josh Parker and Sophie Rogers for bringing it to life.