Queering of Memory, Temporality, Subjectivity: Subversive Methods in Audiovisual Practice
Context and background
The project examines five single-screen, digital artworks that I have created as part of my research, as well as works by seven other artists: John Akomfrah, Clio Barnard, Evan Ifekoya, Mikhail Karikis, Patrick Keiller, Charlotte Prodger and Wu Tsang.
In relation to my analyses of the artworks, a number of theoretical concepts are developed: Queering of Memory draws primarily on queer and feminist theories of spectrality, temporality and voice (Gordon: 1997; Dinshaw: 1999; Cavarero: 2005; Freccero: 2006; Love: 2007; Blanco and Peeren: 2013). Haptic Aurality builds on established theories of cinematic embodiment (Sobchack: 1992, 2004; Marks: 2000, 2002, Barker: 2009), by attending specifically to sound (Voegelin: 2010; Leimbacher: 2017) and breath (Quinlivan: 2012, 2015). Diffractive Listening is inspired by theories of diffraction (Haraway: 1991, 1997; Barad: 2007, 2010, 2014) which are reconfigured with a much-needed aural sensibility (Lipari: 2014; Goh: 2017). Finally, the disruptive and transformative potential of Interference is considered through the metaphor of the wave (Rodgers: 2010, 2016) and the power of collective action (Butler: 2015; Davis: 2016; LaBelle: 2018).
The structural framework of this thesis is comprised of different configurations of time and subjectivity. A journey that encompasses a vast array of temporalities: from the deep time of geological landscapes and their mythological narratives; the embodied present in all its haptic sensuality; the recent ‘historical’ past; then forwards and outwards towards the future, with all its multiplicitous possibilities.
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