INFERNO – the London-based queer techno art rave – has announced three events to round off the year in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Arts.
NEUROM4NCER AND Maze will also be playing, dubbed the brand’s “new kids on the block”, plus a special performance from sweatmother and a pop-up queer porn cinema room curated by Otherness Archive.
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December 16 will see founder Burton premiere a new performance piece, ‘TRANSPHORIA’, with the following day being the INFERNO Summit. The day event, running midday through 10:PM, will host a series of panels, artist talks, live performances and screenings.
“With the line-ups for this years event I really wanted to address the lack of representation the trans+ community has within electronic music, mainstream club culture and the arts by booking and platforming only transgender, non-binary, intersex and gender non-conforming talents,” Burton explains.
“Trans+ people are often the most marginalised in society and recently Rishi Sunak has said he wants to remove transgender people from the equalities act. We have some great representation with Honey Dijon, Eris Drew and Octa Octa but there’s so many talented trans+ DJs who deserve some time in the spotlight!”
INFERNO was founded eight years ago, dedicated to creating a unique clubbing experience with a daring edge. “There was no other party that played what we did – the only alternative night back then was Kaos – it was born out of the frustration of every LGBTQ+ night only playing house, disco and pop. We didn’t have a safe space that played the kind of music the community was listening to at the time,” Burton continues.
These ideas were then merged with the concept of a platform curation, enabling visual and performance artists to create work, offer residencies and tutoring for the next generation.
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Written by: Tim Hopkins