Design: Fran Marcos
Design: Fran Marcos
Carmen 16 [Lecken]
MOESHA 13 (live)
Sarah Farina [Emergent Bass]
yung_womb [SLIC Unit]
🔗 LET’S GET ANCIENT TOGETHER! 🔗 Lecken is turning 6 this summer. But some of us, who started this collective, have been raving together for up to 10, and friends for 12, 15 or even 25 years beyond that. Let’s raise a toast to aging! A topic rarely discussed in a club culture, which bears the imperative of youthfulness and timeless fabulousness. But in the context of queer world-making, this blindspot is not a luxury we can afford.
For many of us, queer migrants exiled from intolerable places of origin and families of genetic coincidence, embracing precarious and non-conforming lives, raving is more than a casual weekend distraction. It's the most generative and inclusive safety net many of us have found. An elective family of affinity, and hopefully lasting sustainability.
How people age has always been a test for how just a society really is. Which is why queer ageing, whilst raving, might be the biggest challenge for the queertopia we’re hoping to build.
LET’S GET ANCIENT TOGETHER is an invitation to celebrate the rave—and the ecosystems around it—as training grounds for age-defiant kinship-making. And to reinforce queerness as a laboratory for new values, new affinities, and new futures that can hopefully run deeper than blood and last longer than even love. Because if we’re going to make xenofam matter more than biofam (and gestate one another beyond species boundaries even), we must learn how to replace the “natural” mother with the possibility of making a genuine Mother out of every Other: make kin, not babies! And if you make babies, make them into your kin too.
…In the future, [insert rave name] / [Lecken] is a retirement community ❤️🔥
Text indebted to: Sophie Lewis (Salvage/Verso/libgen), The Xenofeminist Manifesto (Verso/libgen), and Eleanor Wilkinson’s “What’s queer about non-monogamy now?” (Academia.edu)