You Can't Kill Me, I'm Already Dead - Notes from a Gothic Life: An Illustrated Lecture with Evan Michelson
Date: Friday, October 2nd
Admission: Admission: Tickets $15 ( Oct. 2nd. Lecture + Oct 3rd Party Pass $35 / $25 for Morbid Anatomy Members )
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn NY
The word Goth has carried a lot of freight over the last few millennia. Originally a description of a Northern European, Germanic people with roots in the Iron Age, today Goth stands for a culture whose last great revival (in the dance clubs of the early 1980s) is still delivering a powerful aftershock. From the sack of Rome to Bauhaus, from crocketed spires to clove cigarettes, the idea of goth has mutated beyond reason and rationality, but not beyond the imagination. A vein runs through history, a common source of nourishment for so many movements and ideas, from the ecclesiastical architecture of the Middle Ages, to the lurid, sensational literature of the Age of Enlightenment; from Victorian decorative and social movements, classic Hollywood horror films, 1960s TV sitcoms, post-punk music and male eyeliner. Goth is one history's most unlikely narratives, and one of humankind's strangest cultural manifestations.
Often ridiculous, self-indulgent, unsophisticated and shallow in the wrong hands, goth has been dismissed as the embarrassing, trashy cousin of Romanticism. But goth has also been a font of inspiration for artists, writers and various necessary ne'er-do-wells over the ages. Arguably, it has helped shape and define the Modern Era. It's a camp movement (to paraphrase Susan Sontag) dedicated to "love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration." Goth is both heartfelt and pure bluff, despairing, wicked and hilarious. It's a necessary release. But it's one thing to read about goth, to study, curate and anthologize it. It is quite another thing entirely to live it, from cradle to deep grave.
For several decades, Evan Michelson has been doing just that: from the pleasures of a bookish childhood to the chaos of Industrial Goth, she dashed through the demi-monde of the fetish clubs and into a televised cabinet of morbid curiosities. Through it all goth has been a cultural constant. Come hear a tale of war, pestilence, art, architecture, music, fashion and film. Come celebrate what it means to say: "You Can't Kill Me, I'm Already Dead."
This Event is part of our Gothic Vernacular Week end, second being our Propaganda Magazine Party, with Fred Berger, Evan Michelson and DJ Andi Harriman on October 3nd. More on that here: http://bpt.me/1844969
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