24/02/12: QX hit the dizzy heights of Deptford for a brand new club night and salon dedicated to the history of interior design, as Villa 1: The House is Fascist and Made of Industry Glass launched its eloquently-ranted manifesto at The George & Dragon Cabaret Bar.
Reimagining the queer interior whilst exploring the ‘rhetorical connections between the ideology of fascism, the aesthetics of homosexuality and the history of futurism’, a night of breaking glass, ‘apocalypse arias’ and bellowed incitements to ‘be a tea set’ saw William Morris bumping-up against Weimar-era Berlin and the Arts and Crafts Movement, amidst cabaret, performance art and bombastic DJ tunes with nary a whiff of an IKEA spice rack to be had for love nor money.
Dragging in a riotous crowd of Goldsmiths College alumni and George & Dragon regulars, highlights included a dramatic call to arms from Faberge Castiliagni, plus a rousing repertoire of show tunes from Bernard Walsh, not to mention a rather outré face-painting display by Paul D C Kindersley, using, you guessed it, real paint.
Elsewhere, the QX V&A contingent marveled at faithful reproductions of classic design ‘objét’ liberally plonked around the unpretentious environs of one of South East London’s most unreconstructed bent boozers. But as all eyes and ears turned back to the stage, there were still plenty more extravagant antics to come as Faberge and his cohorts carried out their decadent deeds through ‘til the small hours!
Keep your eye out in QX for details of their next event, scheduled for Friday 27th April.
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George & Dragon Cabaret Bar, 2 Black Heath Hill, SE10 8DE, UK
Photos by Marc Abe
Words by Chris John