Desire Lines

Research-based work-in-progress performance, a collaboration between Sophie Seita and Simone Kearney DESIRE LINES follows the lines and orientations of Sara Ahmed’s book Queer Phenomenology (2006). In our performative translation of Ahmed’s work into movement and material, we are uttering the text across space, at oblique angles, with delays. ‘We could ask, for instance, whether queer tables are the tables around which queer bodies gather.[…] The table might be the site upon which queer points can be made. [...] there is something rather queer about furniture. [...] We furnish space with “movable objects”. [...] movability is a condition of the meaning for furniture. You can move the table, here, there, into the corner of the room; in a sense the purpose of the table relies on your capacity to move it around. [...] yet I think that is a misrecognition. Instead, the table follows you around. The table is an effect of what it is that you do. [...] Queer furnishing is not, therefore, such a surprising formulation: the word “furnish” is related to the word “perform” and thus relates to the very question of how things appear. Queer becomes a matter of how things appear, how they gather, how they perform, to create the edges of spaces and worlds.’ —Sara Ahmed, Queer Phenomenology, p. 167 <<Plea>

Speaker(s): Sophie Seita, Simone Kearney
Friday, Feb 7, 2020 at 5:30pm until 7:00pm on Friday, Feb 7, 2020
Kilachand Honors College, 91 Bay State Rd (Common Room)
Open to General Public
Admission is free
Boston University