Holding Out: The Sacred Space of Suspense and Sustainable Ethics

Alifuoco, Annalaura (2021) Holding Out: The Sacred Space of Suspense and Sustainable Ethics. In: The Performances of Sacred Places – Crossing, Breathing, Resisting. Intellect, Liverpool, pp. 104-127. ISBN 9781789383874

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Abstract

This chapter is concerned with the sacred sites of knowledge, which are regarded as the spaces that ‘hold out’ the capacity to engage with contingencies and uncertainties; that allow to think and create new situations with and through what is felt to be known, otherwise. To mark these possibilities, I consider the work of performance artist, activist and scholar Nigel Rolfe. Through radically uncertain acts and experiences, the artist situates human embodiment as something separate yet akin to its dwelling place within the world, from which all sacred traditions and resources of wisdom emerge. Knowledge here becomes the product of this special and spatial relation, which organises human and nonhuman relations. This is the space for a lay kind of sacredness that keeps things spiritually alive and ethically essential.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Creative and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Dr Annalaura Alifuoco
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2021 14:22
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2021 14:22
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/3375

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