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Unspeakable Acts: Book launch & screenings with Christie Costello and Davey Davis
Institute of Contemporary Arts
December 2022
A person kneels on a wet London street in front of a billboard that reads 'JOIN LESBIANS UNITED'
Photo: Martha Summers & Christie Costello

Join Davey Davis and bare minimum collective to celebrate the release of Davis’s novel X, a thrilling portrait of political terror and the violent pleasures found in warehouses, bathrooms, and dungeons across New York City. Davis and bare minimum collective member Christie Costello will be in conversation about X, followed by a ten-minute reading by Davis of the novel's pivotal scene of sadomasochistic ‘total desire’ (Berger). The event will end with the screening of three short films that resonate with this scene from the novel.

Davey Davis’s X (Cipher Press 2022) is a novel that delves into the psyches of characters on the margins. Amid the steady constriction of civil rights and the purging of migrants and refugees, X tells the story of Lee, a down-and-out sadist, who finds themself in the clutches of the seductive and bloodthirsty X.

Part of the ICA 75th Anniversary Season
bare minimum is 6-person interdisciplinary anti-work arts collective. we hate working, hustling, neoliberal self-improvement, wage labour and surplus value, private property, how work eats into our time, our love, our ability to make things in earnest. we are a group of friends who needed a formal structure to give ourselves the permission to make things. We are lazy, queer and many of us are disabled. Members include Diamond Abdulrahim, Vera Chapiro, Christie Costello, Lola Olufemi, Christine Pungong and Leo Woods.

Davey Davis's first book the earthquake room was released by TigerBee Press in 2017. They write a weekly newsletter and mutual aid fundraiser about art, culture, sexuality, and people named David at itsdavid.substack.com. They live in Brooklyn.
06:30 pm
Wed, 09 Nov 2022
Cinema 1

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