Crabface, Wounded Woman and Buttman: Refiguring moving, infecting temporalities

Alifuoco, Annalaura (2014) Crabface, Wounded Woman and Buttman: Refiguring moving, infecting temporalities. Performance Research, 19 (3). pp. 83-87. ISSN 1352-8165 (Print), 1469-9990 (Online)

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What happens when one time is inflected and infected with an ‘other’? What when the temporalities of pain, pleasure and desire intersperse and move closer, at the point of almost touching? Then we might come face to face with a temporality where (when?!) time is not linear and rational but connective and relational. Annalaura Alifuoco’s address longs to attend to such potential conjunctions (and contaminations) through the reading of cultural bodies whose temporal relations are vital, if precarious. In particular, Crabface, Wounded Woman and Buttman – Refiguring Moving, Infecting Temporalities tries to condense the atmosphere -- or temporality – surrounding and emerging from the queer, aging and sick body as it appears in Yvonne Rainer’s film MURDER and murder, and its syncopation and contact with the flesh of Xavier Le Roy’s moving body of Self Unfinished. The latter obsessed with the endgame of corporeal histories; the former situated after that endgame seems to be almost over, these narratives might be revealed as mutually engaged with discrepant but contiguous aspects of a larger ‘sense’ of time in which they share. Or, at the very least, the embodied temporality of their work can be felt aside one another, moving together backwards and into the future. These movements hold out the possibility of a temporal crabwalk, where events, appearances and ideas move fast alongside the practice of time as nowhere existing away from bodies and never alienable from their moving – and sometimes ‘touching’; infective – and at times ‘infected’ histories. This may be a model of temporality to be held with ‘care’.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Performance Research on 13/8/2014 available online: 10.1080/13528165.2014.935163
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Drama,Dance and Performance Studies (up to 30th April 2018)
Depositing User: Annalaura Alifuoco
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2016 14:38
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 15:02

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