HYSTERIA
The Institute of Queer Ecology


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HYSTERIA
The Institute of Queer Ecology

"Hysteria" (2023) constructs an ecofeminist retelling of the poorly understood “dancing plagues” that swept through Europe between the tenth and the seventeenth centuries. Likewise referred to as dancing mania, choreomania, and tarantism, these spontaneous social phenomena saw groups of people of all ages and genders, at times in the thousands, dance erratically and without restraint, often until they collapsed from exhaustion or suffered injury and even death. In their recent work, the IQECO subtly recasts the afflicted dancers as pointedly subversive agents entangled in environmental contagion and contamination that drive these wild, manic uprisings.

The Institute of Queer Ecology recorded footage for Hysteria through an artist residency with Light Work in Syracuse; a post-industrial city with its own legacy of water contamination. The work is grounded in the harsh, icy landscape of upstate New York winter, moving between sites of industrial extraction and the waterway tributaries and basins surrounding Syracuse. Navigating the idea of a vanishing “nature” through frameworks of queer futurity, the artists assume a position of critical optimism, in part as a coping mechanism for the pain of living in, engaging with, and loving a biodiverse world that is being undeniably annihilated.

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KOWKÜLEN (LIQUID BEING)
Seba Calfuqueo

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BLACK ECOLOGY
Davi Pontes

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SIRENOMELIA
Emilija Škarnulytė

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FAREWELL RECORDING FOR AN OBSERVER OF AN UNKNOWN TIME AND PLACE
Rita Macedo

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THE TIMELINE OF BLACK EXODUS TECHNOLOGY
AbuQadim Haqq & DeForrest Brown & Dopplereffekt

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HEAVEN’S BLADE
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A BRAIN THE SIZE OF A PLANET
Nina Sarnelle

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THE UNDERCURRENT
Rory Pilgrim

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POSH
FlucT

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THE LYNCHING SONG
M. Lamar

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鏡中闇夜 MIRROR/ERROR
Yikii

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CAST-OFF
Alice Z Jones × Dis Fig

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BROOD X: A GUIDED MEDITATION
unseelie

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PLEXAURE'S TOUR DIARY
Fauness

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WE ARE HERE BECAUSE OF THOSE THAT ARE NOT
Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

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GENERAL INTELLECT
Joanna Pope & Steph Holl Trieu

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REQUIEM FOR LOST PLANTS
Alice Yuan Zhang & Alexander Kaye

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BSAD (BUY SHIT AND DIE)
Steph Kretowicz & Ben Babbitt

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THE METAVERSE WOMB
Keiken

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AN INORGANIC NATURE
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