Martin Firrell
Hunty City (extract)
Hunty City uses text outlines, performance, info-text, music, found dialogue and internet video clips to explore a range of slang and cant languages of various origins.

The work explores two main linguistic traditions; the Polari language of Great Britain and American drag slang from the New York City Balls of the 1970s and 80s.

Polari is the great language of oppression: a coded language to enable LGBT+ people to express themselves whilst avoiding detection as both demonised and criminalised homosexuals.

The drag slang of the New York City Ball scene could be regarded as a language of freer expression and reclamation. African and hispanic Americans created the Ball Scene and its attendant language to suit their own particular expressive needs.
Part Of
Hunty City
High definition colour video 07:37
Shoreditch Town Hall, London UK
1 to 12 March 2016
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Shoreditch Town Hall
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