Cesspits of Filth is a speculative project that studies the history of Huddersfield's
iconic 80's gay club. Once described as 'The Studio 54 of The North', The
Gemini was shut down in 1983 following a series of raids, being branded as a
'Cesspit of sexual filth' from the West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police. Reflecting on
the visceral and traumatic impact of police brutality and surveillance of queer
spaces, intertwined with the AID's Crisis, this dissertation aims to challenge our
concepts of vernacular histories and spaces of survival.
Cesspits of Filth aims to propose a series of immersive tactile spaces based on the
fabric of the Gemini Club, what happened there, and what parts of that story
we are choosing to continue with into our future. The project aims to reappropriate
British vernaculars in a way expresses the subliminal coding of desire and expression
as were played out between the various characters within this story. The theoretical
focus of this project is undoubtedly retrospective -- however, it is crucial to understand
that this does not make this a work of nostalgia. In order for Huddersfield to re-imagine
itself, there needs to be a more intimate understanding of the town’s social structures
as manifest of space.