Dorian Electra

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Dorian Electra
Birth name Dorian Electra Fridkin Gomberg
Born (1992-06-25) June 25, 1992 (age 25)
Houston, Texas
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, film-maker, visual artist
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Website dorianelectra.com

Dorian Electra (born Dorian Electra Fridkin Gomberg, June 25, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, video and performance artist.[1]

Career[edit]

Electra first drew national attention in 2010 with the music video I'm in Love with Friedrich Hayek,[2] which lauded the philosophy of the Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek and garnered commentary from the modern Austrian theory professor Steven Horwitz.[3]

In 2011, she released two more videos, Roll with the Flow and We Got it 4 Cheap. Both were covered by mainstream political media.[4][5] We Got it 4 Cheap came in second in the Lloyd V. Hackley Endowment's "Supply and Demand Video Contest".[6]

In 2012, she interned at production company Emergent Order.[7][8] Emergent Order had previously published Fear the Boom and Bust, a similarly intellectual, Hayek-oriented rap video.[9][10]

She then produced a new, similarly economics-oriented pop video, FA$T CA$H, with the support of an award from the Moving Picture Institute.[11]

In September 2012, Electra released the music video Party Milk, which she describes as an attempt to merge common party scene symbolism with something one would never associate with a party, but that everyone is familiar with in another context.[12][13]

Electra drew criticism from Gawker's Maureen Tkacik, who criticized her as an example of "tween indoctrination" with libertarian ideas.[14] In 2013, Electra told The College Fix that she no longer identified as a libertarian.[15]

In 2014, Electra released a music video called What Mary Didn't Know,[16] based on Frank Jackson's philosophical thought experiment of the same name (1986).[17]

2015 saw the release of Electra's video Forever Young: A Love Song to Ray Kurzweil, a tribute to the futurist Ray Kurzweil.[18][19]

In 2016, Electra released Ode To The Clitoris on Refinery29 detailing the history of the clitoris from ancient Greece to modern 3D models.[20] In an interview Electra stated it was to "desensitize people to the word CLITORIS and help bring it more into popular consciousness." [21] In June 2016 Electra released Mind Body Problem on Bullett Media, a song and video "about femininity as a performance —when being a ‘woman’ feels like putting on a costume and the costume doesn’t seem to come off with the clothes,” [22]

Electra continued her music video series with Refinery29 about intersectional feminism and queer histories with The History of Vibrators (2016),[23] the Dark History of High Heels (2016),[24] 2000 Years of Drag (2016),[25] and Control (2017).[26] These videos focused on the histories of intersectional feminist and queer issues, collaborating with many artists including Imp Queen, London Jade, The Vixen, Lucy Stool, Eva Young, Zuri Marley, K Rizz, and Chynna.[27][26][28] 2000 Years of Drag was accepted and screened at The East Village Queer Film Festival, NewFest, Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival, Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF),[29] Art All Night - Trenton: 6th Annual Film Festival, Desperado LGBT Film Festival, QUEER-Streifen Regensburg, Filmfest homochrom, Flatpack Film Festival, CINEMQ.

In 2017, Electra released the single Jackpot through Grindr's digital publication Into More, a song that "addresses gender fluidity, but in a more subtle, less explicitly educational way." [30]

In 2017, Electra was featured on the Charli XCX track "Femmebot" with Mykki Blanco on the mixtape POP2.[31]

Education[edit]

Electra graduated from School of the Woods, a Montessori high school in Houston.[7] She attended Shimer College, a Great Books school in Chicago, from 2010-2014.[32]

Videos[edit]

  • I'm in Love with Friedrich Hayek (2010)
  • Roll with the Flow (2011)
  • WE GOT IT 4 CHEAP (2011)
  • Party Milk[12]
  • Fast Ca$h (2012)
  • What Mary Didn't Know [16]
  • Forever Young: A Love Song To Ray Kurzweil [18]
  • Ode To The Clitoris (2016) [33]
  • Mind Body Problem (2016) [22]
  • The History of Vibrators (2016)[23]
  • Dark History of High Heels (2016)[24]
  • 2000 Years of Drag (2016)[25]
  • Control (2017)[26]
  • Jackpot (2017)[30]
  • Career Boy (2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://dorianelectra.com/
  2. ^ Electra, Dorian (2010-12-19). I'm in Love with Friedrich Hayek. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  3. ^ Steve Horwitz (2012-07-10). "This is the Best They Can Do?". Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  4. ^ Veronique de Rugy (2011-10-17). "More Hayek vs. Keynes". National Review. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  5. ^ Matt Welch (2011-10-17). "New Hayekian Music/Econ Video: "Roll With the Flow (My Date With Keynes)"". Reason.com. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  6. ^ Lloyd V. Hackley Endowment (February 1, 2012). "Supply and Demand Video Contest Winners". Fayetteville State University. Archived from the original on August 6, 2012. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Dorian Electra (2012-05-30). "Dorian Electra's in Texas". Blog.shimer. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  8. ^ Shimer College (2012-04-18). "2012 SIM Interns". Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  9. ^ Caitlin Kenney (2010-01-25). "Watch: 'Fear The Boom And Bust'". NPR. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  10. ^ Cindy Perman (2010-02-12). "'Fear the Boom and Bust': A Rap Anthem for the Economy". CNBC. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  11. ^ "Speakers at the Futures of Entertainment program". Futures of Entertainment. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  12. ^ a b Electra, Dorian; Bush, Wolf; Hong, Lynn (Director) (2012-09-08). Party Milk (YouTube). Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  13. ^ "Party Milk". Aweh | Casual Creative Culture. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  14. ^ Moe Tkacik (July 5, 2012). "Meet Rapper Dorian Electra Gomberg, the Libertarian Lolita". Gawker.com. Archived from the original on October 1, 2012. 
  15. ^ Ershadi, Julie (February 22, 2013). "Libertarian Rock Star Dorian Electra Isn't a Libertarian". The College Fix. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  16. ^ a b Electra, Dorian (August 29, 2014). "What Mary Didn't Know" (Video). YouTube. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  17. ^ Jackson, Frank (May 1986). "What Mary Didn't Know" (PDF). The Journal of Philosophy. 83 (5): 291–295. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  18. ^ a b Electra, Dorian; Allen, Weston Getto. "Forever Young: A Love Song to Ray Kurzweil". YouTube. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  19. ^ Toobin, Adam. "Singularity Futurist Ray Kurzweil Gets 'Forever Young' Cover He Deserves". Inverse. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  20. ^ http://www.refinery29.com/clitoris-clitopia-music-video
  21. ^ http://www.attn.com/stories/6587/dorian-electra-explains-clitoris-music-video
  22. ^ a b "Premiere: 'Clitopia' Artist Dorian Electra Returns with 'Mind Body Problem' (Watch)". Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  23. ^ a b "This 1950s Vibrator Is Downright Bizarre-Looking". Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  24. ^ a b "See The Surprising History of High Heels". Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  25. ^ a b "This Catchy Song Explores The Fascinating History Of Drag". Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  26. ^ a b c "A Brief Guide To Every Cameo In This Gloriously Extra Music Video". Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  27. ^ Gaines, Lee V. "Dorian Electra celebrates 2,000 years of drag with a crowd of dazzling Chicagoans". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  28. ^ "Dorian Electra's 'Control' Is The Intersectional Feminist Anthem Of Our Dreams". 2017-10-12. Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  29. ^ "aGLIFF's 2017 Lineup Announced". Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  30. ^ a b "Watch Queer Pop Visionary Dorian Electra Hit the 'Jackpot' in this New Music Video". INTO. Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  31. ^ "Charli XCX Announces New Mixtape Pop2, Shares New Song: Listen | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  32. ^ Electra, Dorian (2010-09-08). My First Day at Shimer College (YouTube). Chicago, Illinois: Shimer College. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  33. ^ htt /ps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3E2pBC1R2A

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