Re-membering desire: Visual tracings of a billboard

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Chapter 11 explores desire through photographs of a billboard on a construction site in a gentrifying neighbourhood in Copenhagen. Dormant, and inscribed in a gentrification temporality, the district’s construction sites were concurrently overflowing with ambiguous matter, meaning and affectivity. The photographs were taken over a period of ten months after I danced with the billboard in August 2015. The relationality emerging from the dance carries over into the images and the text, performing desire through embodied re-membering: a re-configuring of space, time and matter. I examine how desire operates as a medium through which time comes to matter in rhizomatic, multi-fold ways. I unpack how desire circulates in the haunted space of absence. It re-members what seems to be absent and lost, while simultaneously yearning for ways of being and becoming otherwise. I use the photographs as affective and knowledge-producing devices. They work as refrains, re-configurations of patterns of difference, highlighting the heterogeneous multiplicity of desire. The chapter draws on and contributes to feminist new materialist conceptualisations of affect, embodiment, time and space.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCivic Spaces and Desire
EditorsCharles Drozynski, Diana Beljaars
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)9780815395263, 9780815395232
ISBN (Electronic)9781351184137
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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