Reading Notes for September 26, 2012
Dungeon Intimacies: The Poetics of Transsexual Sadomasochism by Susan Stryker
LINKS S/M play parties starting 1989 14 street (House of the Golden Bull)
Michael Foucault: “ You find emerging in places like San Francisco and New York what might be
called laboratories of sexual experimentation.”
No place can be more local than the body.
Transsexual sadomasochism incarnates the processes within and through which the body
materializes the specificity of its location, installing the body that practices it as a place.
Transsexual sadomasochism in dungeon space enacts Poesis (an act of artistic creation)
Topoanalysis and Rhythmoanalysis
o Bachelard in the Poetics of Space suggests two-fold approach to spatial poetics:
Topoanalysis and rhythmoanalysis.
o Topoanalysis - exploring who you are by the places that are important to you; an auxiliary
o Rhythmoanalysis accounts for the habitual movements through which we inhabit those
o Gender is a percussive symphony of automatisms, reverberating through the space of our
bodies before there is an awareness of awareness itself.
September 26, 2012
S/M – intense body pain for something better
“When we produce an image, we produce an audience.” time magazine – image of immigration
Black Gay new york activist: Kenyon Farrow
Kenyon Farrow: “Sidewalk become runway.” in the 1990s
Pushed from times square to the peers
“Memory is the amnesia you like.”
What me remember is as much a function of what we forget.
New York city is all about a historic figure but their memory of the area has a lot to do of what
they want to forget.
Stryker: Rather than doing what Foucault suggests, we need to change what we think about
We think of intimacy as letting people in.
Usually, letting people in means letting them in to