Socorro! Bloody Mess!: Under (De)construction: A low-tech immersive (un)reality home building and decorating game

Under (De)construction: A low-tech immersive (un)reality home building and decorating game

An absurdist, task-based meditation on the connections between neo/colonial aspirations and their geopolitical costs, this piece foregrounds the reproductive labor of play. Participants will be invited to build and play house with Socorro and Bloody Mess and to deconstruct—physically and otherwise—the house by turning it inside-out.


Socorro and Bloody Mess have big plans: In keeping with the neo/colonial and expansionist tropes associated with their white bodies, they come to assemble their aspirational model home. But, as they build, they struggle with the heteronormative pull of house/home-making’s ideological organization of space and a deep-seated anarchic impulse. Socorro and Bloody Mess met in Mexico in 2015 while sporting their everyday personas, Denise Rogers Valenzuela and Helene Vosters. They share interests in found objects, menstrual paraphernalia, and playful performance. They have also shared a home.

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