Invocation of the Queer Spirits



May 19 2008


New Orleans

From 2008 to 2010 Bronson and Hobbs performed Invocations of the Queer Spirits, bringing together small groups of men—in Banff, New Orleans, Winnipeg, Manhattan, and Fire Island—in a secret group ritual that was different every time and yet always the same. Invoking the “queer” and marginalized histories of each site, the men performed something that Bronson has characterized as “a hybrid between group therapy, ceremonial magic, a séance, a circle jerk, and a quilting bee.”

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Invocation of the Queer Spirits will at once “christen” the latest rebirth of New Orleans as a cultural capital while evoking the spirits of the marginalized populations that have played a formative role in shaping New Orleans's culture. The event marks the site as a place of future creativity, while infusing it with a sense of the city's ghostly past. In addition to the ritual invoking the spirits, the artists will make a vow concerning their lives (and creative lives in particular) for the coming year.

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