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African American Art Lecture Series | Jared Richardson
The Black Aquatic: Affect, Occiduus & Temporality
The Black Aquatic conceptualizes an affective link between racial blackness and the materiality of water and its attendant sensations through examples such as drowning, thirst, and seasickness. Drawing from an archive comprising art history and visual culture, I grapple with the following question: How do material and metaphorical animacies of water devastate normative conceptions of political, economic, and philosophical freedom within the Occident or occiduus (e.g. a Latin term that connotes both "westward" orientation and “sinking”)? By combining affect theory with black feminist critique to analyze how water encompasses speculative forms of blackness, my theorization of a black aquatic imaginary re-engineers Sigmund Freud’s elusive idea of an “oceanic feeling" as a racial sensation involving a physical engagement with ideology borne upon blackness and water. In so doing, my research liquidates patrilineal understandings of black futurity, thereby enabling new insights of time and embodiment that expand upon larger notions of race and visuality.
Jared Richardson is a doctoral candidate in the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University. Richardson’s research interests include art history, visual culture, black popular cultures, and sound studies. He has published essays in Art Papers, Women and Performance Journal, and The Black Scholar.
Image: A still from Steve McQueen's Ashes (2015) and a still from Barry Jenkins's Moonlight (2016).
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- Tuesday, January 23, 2018
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
- Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building Map
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