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About Evelyn Krampf

Evelyn Krampf

Evelyn Krampf

Evelyn Krampf is a social work burn-out turned writer and musician. She began writing poetry when she was eight years old, and then her mom made her start wearing a beret every day, and then she stopped writing and didn't start again for eighteen years. She now lives in Berlin where she writes short stories and feminist essays and works as a freelance editor.

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Q&A With Vaginal Davis

August 13, 2011 |

“The maladjusted rule, baby! People who are mindlessly happy and adjusted are inert.”

Vaginal Davis is the key proponent of the disruptive performance aesthetic known as terrorist drag. Disrupting the cultural assimilation of gay-oriented and corporate-friendly drag, she positions herself at an uncomfortable tangent to the conservative politics of gay culture, mining its contradictory impulses to interrupt the entrenchment of its assimilatory strategies. A self-labeled “sexual repulsive,” Davis consistently refuses to ease conservative tactics within gay and black politics, employing punk music, invented biography, insults, self-mockery, and repeated incitements to group sexual revolt — all to hilarious and devastating effect. 

Q: So, you were living in L.A. for centuries. I understand that you were evicted from your historic 1920s apartment there in 2002. That is so fucked up. And now you have blessed Berlin with your presence. Did you by any chance have a premonition that the U.S. economy would collapse? Do you have a bunker prepared for the apocalypse?

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A: Yes I was evicted from my huge, heritage flat in 2002 and being that I am pychic or one of my performance personas is a psychic — The Whoracle et Delphi — it wasn’t completely a surprise. But when one door closes another one opens, sounds cliché and trite but it’s completely true, and getting evicted has led to a better life here on the European continent. It’s funny you should mention it but I had been saying in my performances since the mid-1990s that advanced capitalism or disaster capitalism was on the decline and that the U.S. and the West was heading for a big calamity. I don’t have a bunker in anticipation of the apocalypse, but as a sworn Armageddonist I certainly believe that some cataclysmic event is going to rid the earth of destructive mankind. I’m all ready for a new species to take full control of the planet. I believe it and I fully own in to it. Human beings had their chance now it’s time for something else.

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