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Part of the Workshop
Intimacy, Loss, Anonymity: Toward a Theory of Queer Neutrality /
The workshop will discuss Ricco’s paper ‘Mourning, Melancholia, Moonlight’, a work-in-progress on ‘neutral affect’ that is part of his ongoing conceptualization of queer neutrality. The essay draws on Roland Barthes’s conception of neutral mourning and relates it to Barry Jenkins’s film Moonlight (2016) and its presentation of an affective relation to loss that is distinct in its temporality from Freud’s ‘Mourning and Melancholia’.
By attending to the empirical contingency of the extemporaneous and erotic/aesthetic moment as the scene of feeling queer, Ricco is interested in thinking a time of affects that disrupts neo-liberal scripts of self-becoming and what is commonly referred to as an ‘event’. In addition, Ricco attends to the nuanced images of black masculinity that – he argues – are not adequately rendered by prevailing gender performative readings of the film.
Apart from ‘Mourning, Melancholia, Moonlight’, two additional essays of Ricco will be discussed and circulated in advance: ‘Intimacy: Inseparable from Separation’ (Open Set, May 2017) and ‘The Commerce of Anonymity’ (Qui Parle, June 2017).
John Paul Ricco is professor of contemporary art, visual studies, and art history at the University of Toronto. He is the author of the Logic of the Lure and The Decision Between Us: Art and Ethics in the Times of Scenes.
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