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liquid blackness (2023) 7 (1): 62–75.
Published: 01 April 2023
... the most marginal of us, and/or unlikely parts of ourselves, can still live. This essay takes important steps in linking the suffering of people during the COVID‐19 pandemic; historical legacies of radical Black and queer creativity; and some of the black queer aesthetics thriving in contemporary New...
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liquid blackness (2023) 7 (2): 4–25.
Published: 01 October 2023
...‐ performs in Black studies and the way black aesthetic practices often hinge on anaoriginarity and anachronism as they seek to effect anarchitectural interventions in the languages and institution of artmaking. araengo@gsu.edu Copyright © 2023 Alessandra Raengo 2023 This is an open access...
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liquid blackness (2022) 6 (1): 98–117.
Published: 01 April 2022
... . Moten Fred . In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition . Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press , 2003 . Moten Fred . “ Not in Between .” In Black and Blur , 1 – 27 . Durham, NC : Duke University Press , 2017 . Moten Fred . Stolen Life . Durham, NC...
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liquid blackness (2021) 5 (2): 39–47.
Published: 01 October 2021
... Black radical aesthetic Figure 1. Wall text by David Hammons. Photograph by author. Figure 1. Wall text by David Hammons. Photograph by author. HAS ANYONE ELSE SEEN THESE.” Scribed on a wall in pencil, this fragment served as crude wall text for a vitrine in David Hammons's 2019...
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liquid blackness (2022) 6 (1): 6–31.
Published: 01 April 2022
... Beasley's work, he is part of a black radical tradition as a conspiracy to come. 36 In both cases blackness appears as the runaway jurisgenerative aesthetic principle that it always is: it is present as a fugitive thing and “present at its own making.” 37 In Stolen Life , Moten approaches...
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liquid blackness (2022) 6 (1): 34–47.
Published: 01 April 2022
..., In the Break : The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition . In a somewhat uncharacteristic moment of self- reference, Moten describes In the Break as a “preliminary report,” in relation to which Black and Blur , it's promised, will be “more preliminary still.” 1 Time is subject to a peculiar warp...
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liquid blackness (2023) 7 (1): 78–97.
Published: 01 April 2023
... activist Sylvia Rivera to create an image built from the pieces and fragments of the trans archive. This aesthetic of brokenness offers an aestheticization of Saidiya Hartman's “critical fabulation” that holds and cares for black transness, a practice of gathering and being‐with and being...
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liquid blackness (2023) 7 (1): 4–24.
Published: 01 April 2023
... this jagged and jumping survey provides useful matter for cutting through gatekeeping media, forces, and institutions so that the sound, voice, or gesture of radical ethical demand articulated in black and queer voices may land all the more powerfully when it hits the poetics, aesthetics, and technics...
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liquid blackness (2023) 7 (1): 28–43.
Published: 01 April 2023
...Jasmine A. Moore Abstract This annotated playlist follows Missy Elliott's musical cinema. Paying particular attention to the use of speculative tropes, it argues that Elliott's work draws on Black feminist aesthetics to paint paths through memory, nostalgia, sexual autonomy, and spiritual rebellion...
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liquid blackness (2021) 5 (1): 127–148.
Published: 01 April 2021
...Alessandra Raengo Abstract liquid blackness founder Alessandra Raengo talks with filmmaker and installation artist John Akomfrah about the emergence of the trope of liquidity in his work, in the context of the reversibility between aesthetics, practice, and praxis exhibited since his output...
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liquid blackness (2021) 5 (2): 5–18.
Published: 01 October 2021
... . In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition . Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press , 2003 . Moten Fred . The Universal Machine . Durham, NC : Duke University Press , 2019 . Muyumba Walton . “ Artists in Residence: Jason Moran and the Bandwagon Improvising Freedom...
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liquid blackness (2023) 7 (1): 110–124.
Published: 01 April 2023
... Weheliye's interests in the textures of Black, BlackFem, and Black queer and gender-variant life and aesthetics as discussed in the interview, torralba offers texturality as an analytic that characterizes the scholar-critic's work. Together, the essay and interview highlight how Weheliye's oeuvre enables...
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liquid blackness (2022) 6 (2): 88–117.
Published: 01 October 2022
..., ontology, and aesthetics of blackness. Generally a word with negative connotations, here it conjures the power and possibilities realized by captive Africans at the threshold between worlds and so represents a radical approach to creativity. 65 This notion resounds in a scene in “My Black Death”—which...
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liquid blackness (2021) 5 (1): 63–73.
Published: 01 April 2021
... of black aquatic images. In each of the works water is central, but each of them also limits the possibilities of what their watery or saline embodiment might signify aesthetically. Indeed, Walker's Fons reproduces tropes of a victimized womanhood that at once is monumental and fails to undo it: its...
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liquid blackness (2022) 6 (1): 50–83.
Published: 01 April 2022
... the Caribbean Picturesque .” Caribbean Review of Gender Studies , no. 1 ( 2007 ): n.p. Moten Fred . “ The Case of Blackness .” Criticism 50 , no. 2 ( 2008 ): 177 – 218 . Moten Fred . In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition . Minneapolis : University...
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liquid blackness (2024) 8 (1): 24–43.
Published: 01 April 2024
.... The avant-garde sensibility is inseparable from a desire for the occlusionary identification constituted by “becoming minor,” which is to say becoming black , since African subjectivity (and its aesthetic production) is the quintessence of radical dys-aestheticness and dissymmetry in Western knowledge...
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liquid blackness (2021) 5 (1): 5–25.
Published: 01 April 2021
... partner in crime for many years (when we were dreaming big and nobody was listening)—all three had been among my first interlocutors as I was initially tossing around the idea of a research group focused on blackness and aesthetics. They were also some of the early readers of my first book, On the Sleeve...
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liquid blackness (2021) 5 (1): 1–3.
Published: 01 April 2021
... as a kind of record keeping and referentiality. Our third foundational issue, 6.1., turns to aesthetics to explore its radical potential for Black Studies. We are inspired by Fred Moten's posing of black aesthetic sociality as a problem for ontology and appositional to epistemology and phenomenology (see...
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liquid blackness (2022) 6 (1): 168–203.
Published: 01 April 2022
... Black filmmakers remain connected to histories of Black creative collectives while also reimagining black aesthetic and technological possibilities. mprettyman@fordham.edu elissa@ebmooorhead.com Copyright © 2022 Michele Prettyman 2022 This is an open access article distributed under...
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liquid blackness (2023) 7 (2): 88–99.
Published: 01 October 2023
...Luke Williams Abstract The artwork of sculptor, draftsperson, and installation artist Michael Richards (1963 – 2001) challenges prevalent assumptions about the physical properties, and therefore the aesthetic application, of suspension in Black cultural production. As an African American...
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