Exilic Space

She wrote: “In exilic spaces like underground dance events, the uncivilized can make the most of their independence from the constraints of “civil” life: the unruly and vulgar embrace grime and glamour, playing with categories of gender, sexuality, race and class. What happens in these spaces could be called “leisure” or “parties” or “hedonism.”

But serious work can happen on the dance floor, if it is truly exilic. People create and share cultural/material resources on terms not dictated by mainstream society, or by colonial power. People play out alternate identities and paths to material survival and put them into practice. While exilic spaces can be sites of struggle against dominant power, they are often not seen as revolutionary either by more mainstream political movements and organizers, or by the state or elites, who prefer to police them in relation to concepts of propriety and property. ”