Auto Italia, London, 07 September 2016 — 09 September 2016
Ann Ayoola, Jay Bernard, Sydney Baloue, cruise_control, Adam Farah-Saad, Abigail Gnash, Evan Ifekoya, Shu Lea Cheang, Ooretha, Eric Pussyboy, Raju Rage, Resis’dance, Victoria Sin, Special Tears and Spacer Woman
Queer Collectivity, Sin Wai Kin and Evan Ifekoya, 2016. Performance view at Auto Italia, London, UK. Courtesy the artists. Photographer: Holly Falconer.
Special Tears, Christopher Kirubi and Cassandre Greenberg, 2016. Performance view at Auto Italia, London, UK. Courtesy the artists. Photographer: Holly Falconer.
Dream Babes, Sin Wai Kin, 2016. Performance view at Auto Italia, London, UK. Courtesy the artist. Photographer: Holly Falconer.

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 Sin Wai Kin 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 comprises 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.

Sin Wai Kin (b. 1991, Canada) is an artist, writer and performer. Sin’s practice pivots around the use of speculative fiction within performance, moving image, writing and print, to question the idealised image and the collective gaze. Identifying as mixed race and non-binary, their work creates fantasy narratives, to interrupt normative processes around issues of desire, identification, and objectification. Sin’s use of performance and particularly drag began as a means of deconstructing and challenging misogyny and racism in and outside of the queer community. They have recently presented works at Pi Artworks, London (2016); CGP Gallery, London (2016); and The Lightbox, Woking (2015).

Speculative Sex: I.K.U. and Neurosex Pornoia
03 Aug 2016, 19:00 — 21:00

A screening of I.K.U and Neurosex Pornia which explores a future where sexual experience is downloadable and hackable.

Dream Babes Day 1
07 Sep 2016, 14:00 — 22:00

Dream Babes launches with DJ workshops by Resis’dance, performance from Special Tears and a live set with Manara.

Dream Babes Day 2
08 Sep 2016, 19:00 — 22:00

Artists Evan Ifekoya and Sin Wai Kin present performances followed by a live set by Spacer Woman (Chooc Ly Tan).

Dream Babes Day 3
09 Sep 2016, 12:00 — 22:00

Delany Fan Club is a screening celebrating the work of Samuel Delaney followed by performances by Raju Rage and Adam Farah-Saad and Sydney UltraOmni.

Dream Babes Speculative Futures Zine
15 Mar 2017, 19:00 — 21:00

The Speculative Futures Zine is launched in this event exploring science and speculative fiction as a productive strategy of queer resistance.

Sin Wai Kin and PSS

Dream Babes 2.0 Launch Event