The lo-fi, high energy masterminds behind London’s funnest zine – Angel Rose and Oozing Gloop on ‘excesstentialism’ and liberating our LOLs
Two of the funnest people on earth – literally – disco goth Angel Rose and ‘phlegm fatale’ drag queen Oozing Gloop have turned their life’s mission to the pursuit of fun. The duo are preparing to release the second edition of the Serious Fun Zine, a DIY booklet encased in an old VHS cover full to the brim with essays on nightlife tribulations and society’s problems. Taking a step away from their “anti-internetism” ethos – the zine is currently print only – the diabolical duo have produced an incredibly fitting psychedelic video mash-up querying why it’s so fun abstaining from boredom, AKA ‘intellectual illness’.
Join “excesstentialists” Rose and Gloop as they tease us with a truly unique lo-fi journey answering questions like ‘Why can’t I be happy?’ ‘Can you have a good time, all of the time?’ and ‘Is there any real ‘alternative’ left?’ “We also want to talk about party girls, drab-fab, the crisis of being cool, and the nobility of falling over in six inch heels,” Rose tells us. But the most important question they pose but can definitely not answer, yet, is: “Why is having fun so much more fun than doing other things?”
How did you both, and the zine, come together?
Oozing Gloop: We met on the London nightlife scene. We’d both come there in search of the same thing and ended up being equally dissatisfied with the lack of critical consciousness. We decided to use this experience as a backdrop to investigate exactly what we’d come looking for – fun in the 21st century. Our primary interests are queer identities and the underlying politics of the party lifestyle. Serious Fun is the result of asking: “How could our experience be used as a vehicle to talk about external issues in society?” Basically, Serious Fun is countercultural theory for club kids.
Angel Rose: The video is the digital version of our manifesto “the emancipation of enjoyment.” This was originally devised as a live performance lecture that Gloop and I created in order to support the release of the first issue. It outlines most of our ideas and puts forward the questions we’re interested in, but still don’t have an answer. Although we originally proclaimed “anti-internetism”, and have for the most part, adopted counter-digital approaches, we wanted to put the manifesto online to start a dialogue with those who might also be wondering where the fuck fun has gone.
Oozing Gloop: At the heart of our analysis is the idea that fun has been taken away from us, and we want to reevaluate what in means to enjoy yourself. It’s evident that reform, internet-based criticism, and leftist in-fighting have all failed to incite any real change, so it appears to us that reclaiming pleasure might be the only way to alter power relations. This is increasingly important at a time when the digital appears to be overtaking the corporeal.
You said that you’ve decided on the format and ideas you’re engaging with for the next issue, could you share these with us?
Oozing Gloop: In spring of this year we will be releasing the Serious Fun comic book – a graphic guide to “excesstentialism”, which is the theory we are cooking up for the next issue, which basically means essentialism of excess. Angel Rose is also working on a large-scale video project of the same name, starring us.
Angel Rose: Our definition of fun is ‘the pursuit of that which thrills us, and catapults our energies into realms exceeding our normal state.’ By this definition, both novelty and excess becomes necessary if we are to exceed psychological stagnation, keep having fun, and safeguard ourselves from the intellectual terminal illness of boredom. We also want to talk about party girls, drab-fab, the crisis of being cool, and the nobility of falling over in six inch heels.
Oozing Gloop: We want to make a comic book because cartoons are trash. I think it’s so important to produce trash media as an essential reminder that the worst of the worst is still winning out in the places the best dare not tread.
Angel Rose: Plus, in light of the recent events in Paris, it seems there’s never been a more dangerous time to be a cartoon.
So, if fun isn’t an object to ‘have’, what is fun?
Angel Rose: My issue is that the word ‘having’ implies a sort of ownership – and this supports the illusion that fun is entirely consumerist pursuit. We say real fun isn’t a product – it’s a feeling. Instead of ‘having’ fun, we say make fun, take fun, share fun, and be fun. We want to steer the idea of hedonism away from self-indulgence and towards a shared experience.
What is ‘hedonic adaption’?
Angel Rose: Hedonic adaption is when a once potent thrill becomes a lack-lustre routine, due to repeat exposé. Simply put, no, you can’t have a good time all the time. So while the answer may not be as simplistic as ‘party ‘til you drop’, it’s good place to start.
What’s your favourite way to have fun?
Angel Rose: Drag, disco and sneezing. A great party is just like the thrill of a sneeze.