Fringe Natures X: Queer Eco-Gothic Portrait Studio

What happens in the forest…?

Read Tara’s reflections of the event here!

View the portrait gallery here

WHEN: December 9, 2022, 3:00-6:00 PM

WHERE: 969 Raymer Road (for detailed instructions on how to get to the Lab and parking information, click this link: Woodhaven EcoCultural Centre)

WHAT: queer eco-gothic portraiture and end-of-term celebration!


Come celebrate the end of term as we queer Woodhaven’s urban forest around the campfire, with participatory performances featuring artist Michaela Bridgemohan (@michmohan), interdisciplinary artist and writer Caolan Leander (@caolanleander) and designer/DJ Marc LaTulippe (@madebytulippe). This gathering is curated and convened by artist and FEELed Lab Research Associate Tara Nicholson, who will also be setting up the eco-gothic portrait studio and inviting participants to create a large-format B&W film photo using our eco-darkroom.

What happens in the forest is always partially unseen and unknown, inviting feelings of curiosity, trepidation, and possibility. Who are we in the forest? Who might we become? How might we develop different ways of relating to this place through imagination and play?

We will also have a bonus mini-tour of our new FEELed Lab Library!

What to bring: Please bring your own mug for hot drinks, and dress for an outdoor event in the cold, that is also a queer-eco-gothic party! Perhaps a scarf, a hat, a mask, a feather or other such prop would be well suited for getting your portrait taken in our 1920’s-style studio?

Snacks will be provided, as well as chairs and benches to rest your body. A bathroom (sink/toilet) is located in the FEELed Lab, which is up one flight of outdoor stairs. We can also shuttle you to the more accessible toilet at the parking lot of the Regional Park, a short distance away, as needed.

It will likely be dark by 5 pm, so we advise anyone traveling by bike or foot to ensure you are appropriately visible to drivers for your return trip. (A flashlight or headlamp might be handy!).

All welcome!

This is an outdoor/indoor event – please dress for the weather!

Fringe Natures is an occasional outdoor event series hosted by the FEELed Lab. These events invite deep curiosity about who, and where, we are, and what the heck we are doing here. All FEELed Lab events strive to be feminist, anticolonial, queer, and accessible spaces!  

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