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Drysdale, Kerryn
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drag king
scene
memory
urban
temporality
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English
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Sydney-Australia
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For over a decade, The Sly Fox Hotel in Sydney, Australia, hosted a series of events featuring drag king performances – a subcultural phenomenon where women (and other gender diverse individuals) consciously perform masculinity – that quickly became a regular feature on the lesbian social circuit. Established within a longer tradition of live performance culture but also significant within an urban night-time economy, this series of events between 2002 and 2012 functioned as a site for a range of periphery practices and experiences that cohered as a localized scene. Yet, the venue’s longevity as a drag king site is somewhat of an anomaly in Sydney’s history of commercial infrastructure where most lesbian events operate as short-lived bouts of temporary hosting arrangements. So when the venue closed its doors in 2012, it heralded the end of a once-thriving scene. By drawing on data collated from a series of focus groups held between thirteen participants at the time of the scene’s demise, alongside my own experience over a sustained five-year period, I reveal the movement by which a contemporary social moment becomes layered with historical investment. Here, expressions of nostalgia for a dead scene worked to solidify The Sly Fox Hotel as a site that anchors urban imaginaries, preserving otherwise ephemeral social experience. Via the case study of Sydney’s drag king scene, I offer insight into the temporal conditions that might structure all scenes: their emergence through to their expansion or contraction and, inevitably, their fading.
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2017/05/06
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doi:10.7939/R3K64B522
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