Artist Projects

Gynadome: A Separate Paradise


DAM! (Dyke Action Machine!)

Gynadome, Dyke Action Machine’s online manifesto, is a post-apocalyptic paradise where Women go back to the Land and learn to love their Mother (Earth, that is). The project consists of two parts, a website and a 28’ x 22’ stretch vinyl mural on the side of a building in lower Manhattan. The project revisits a particular moment in the history of lesbian culture—women’s back-to-the-land movement of the 1970s—by situating it within the narrative structure of classic science fiction films like Planet of the Apes and Mad Max. Spun from earlier campaigns, 1999’s DAM! FAQ! (Frequently Asked Questions of Lesbians) and 1995’s Straight to Hell, (the poster for the lesbian revenge movie that didn’t exist), the vinyl mural publicized the online portion of Gynadome. Inside the online Gynadome forum, players could ask, “What if women ruled the planet?” and be interactively “punished” for mentioning anything automated. Viewers could also watch diaristic videos of back-to-the-land life on Gynadome.

Project Updates

  • 2001: Gynadome is presented at The Kitchen in New York

  • Artists

    DAM! (Dyke Action Machine!)

    Dyke Action Machine! (DAM!) is a two-person public art project founded in 1991 by artist Carrie Moyer and photographer Sue Schaffner. Between 1991 an…

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    Carrie Moyer

    Carrie Moyer is a New York-based painter and one half of the public art project, Dyke Action Machine! (DAM!). Her paintings and public art colla…

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    Sue Schaffner

    Sue Schaffner was born in New York city and moved to suburbia one year later. Twenty years afterward, she escaped back to the city and has never…

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  • Events

    Oct 07 – Oct 07, 2018
    Liz Glynn Presents "The Archaeology of Another Possible Future"



    May 23 – Jun 10, 2018
    Sharon Bridgforth's CC Project at Pillsbury House and Theater in Minneapolis



    Nov 17 – Apr 15, 2018
    Ben Thorp Brown Presents "Gropius Memory Palace"



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  • Project News

    April 15, 2015
    Project Premiere: Emily Johnson's SHORE in Lenapehoking (New York City)



    April 7, 2015
    Project Premiere: Kerry Tribe Solo Exhibition "The Loste Note" at 356 Mission in Los Angeles



    March 19, 2015
    Project Premiere: Carlos Motta Launches Web-Based Project "Gender Talents"



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