Through costume-based performance and video, we build alternate universes that are populated by monsters, spawning a counter mythology and queering of existing norms. Our work is not human-centered. Instead, it privileges the monster, challenging what is/not human. The aggressive colors, ornate monsters and corresponding sets create a hyperreal setting of excess that fosters an overwhelming weirdness. The playfulness of our monsters and lightness of the materials contrasts the brutality and gore of the performances.
Horror mythology is a collection of society’s fears, and monsters are the embodiment of subconscious terror, standing in for the evils of capitalism. The monster historically exists outside of systems while simultaneously representing the oppression of those same systems. Inverting the traditional role of the monster we bring the invisible repressed into the foreground. Our work manifests the ambient violence of capitalism to expand understanding of oppressive sociopolitical norms--giving the abstract concepts of capitalism form that can be physically engaged with. Our performances create a communal event, countering the alienation of capitalism. The representation of violence provokes an embodied response in the viewer, prompting a shared experience of becoming monster themselves.