A mysterious creature – Fluffy, known to scientists as Fluffiella Chimaerica – who lives in libraries, eats books and digests them into knowledge through its many fuzzy cavities had taken over the premises of Atopos Contemporary Visual Culture in Αthens 2018 and the Front Room of Arnolfini Centre of Contemporary Arts in Bristol, 2019. With islands of pillow fur, slick vinyl and a cast of monstrous beings – the Dragon Princess, the Hairy Fairy, the Bearded Beauty, and more – Fluffy wants to make new friends, find food and seek love, hugs and radical tenderness. This participatory installation space welcomes and allows interaction and asks questions about that. What are the boundaries of intimacy with Fluffy, and what touch and engagement requires consent?
How do you encounter the creature and others in the space with an open mind and heart? Through feminist and queer ideas of ‘monsterness’ in storytelling, can we make new narratives together?
Besides Fluffy, there is an alphabet of hybrid identities, used for interweaving into language and reforming it; fairy masculinities, hairy mermaids, vulnerable cyborgs and sensitive monsters are reclaiming their place in existence.
Fluffy Library aims to blur the boundaries between different ages and open up spaces for different identities, including those of us who wish their fairytales had been a little more adventurous with subjectivity, gender, sexuality and human relations. How good of a grasp can we get of the uncanny and how much tenderness can we give or gather from it?
Fluffy Library brought together people from the local queer community,families with their children, schools and it has hosted performances and workshops in collaboration with multiple artists, collectives, educators and publishers. The project’s intention is to build bridges of kinship between art, alternative pedagogy and activism. Fluffy brings with them a collection of gender-neutral, positive and playful literature and invites the audience to cuddle up, roll around and grab a book.