Today, hookup apps coordinate relationships and casual sex. Yet some remember how restrooms, greenery, and parking lots aided the lost art of cruising...
Today, hookup apps coordinate relationships and casual sex. Yet some remember how restrooms, greenery, and parking lots aided the lost art of cruising. Since the 50’s, Balboa Park has been a meeting place for San Diego's LGBTQ community.
Over two years, we interviewed dragqueens, dykes, madames, leather daddies, police officers, defense lawyers, health officials, adult actors, politicians, and park rangers about their relationship to the surveillance, management, and celebration of hookup culture in Balboa Park, San Diego, California. Many tales speak of a larger social patterns of the joys and challenges of finding intimacy when it was illegal to be gay in the U.S.
These stories are staged as a live audio installation called Queen’s Circle. In a large parking lot at the edge of Balboa Park (known by the initiated as “The Fruit Loop”) 20 parked unlocked cars play a different story on their sound system. In the dark of the night, visitors hop in and out of the cars, listening to tales of brushing shoulders with strangers while experiencing it in real time.
QUEEN'S CIRCLE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE:
Performance artist, poet, and concert pianist Todd Moellenberg is our field correspondent for the month, as he takes his daily walk to Fruit Loop. He will be posting pictures and observations along the way to the Parkeology website and instagram feed.