Killjoy’s Kastle

Timothy Belknap



Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue, Killjoy’s Kastle, audience members participate in a conversation regarding their tour. Photograph by Tony Coelho.


Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue, Killjoy’s Kastle. Photo courtesy of Timothy Belknap.


Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue, Killjoy’s Kastle installation view, graveyard of dead lesbian feminist organizations, businesses, and ideas. Photograph courtesy of artist.


Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue, "Killjoy’s Kastle," installation and tour, photograph courtesy of artist.

Curator and co-director of Icebox Project Space, Timothy Belknap will present Killjoy’s Kastle, an interactive performance installation created by the collaborative artistic team of Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue. With an incisive sense of humor, the large-scale work finds its roots in lesbian-feminist critique and draws on elements of traditional carnival haunted houses, as audiences move through multiple rooms in an immersive experience that plays with themes of identity, race, gender, and class. The rooms will be comprised of sculptural objects constructed and activated by Philadelphia artists who will be selected to participate, allowing Mitchell and Logue to create a new version of the work that responds to its location and local communities. At the end of each tour of Killjoy’s Kastle, audiences will be invited into a space for contemplation and facilitated conversations.

Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.