Where Are All the Bodies Buried? Towards a Creative-Relational Inquiry.

Activity: Examination typesExamination


This thesis attempts a step towards a postqualitative and creative-relational line of
inquiry. That is to say, a mode of inquiry that thinks with the posthumanities (poststructure, post-phenomena, post-representation, post-human). A mode that makes a move towards an embodied, experience-near inquiry that cherishes its relationship with theory and is explicit and open about the process of that inquiry.
Framed as three encounters events encounter-events, I read-think-write of, with, and
into the strange intimacies of these [inci]dents, the unfamiliar feelings, and their forcefull expression. I follow a transversal line, re/locating these affects as recondite
‘mo[ve]ments:’ conceptions of moving bodies moving bodies — a communion
between people, objects, spaces, and atmospheres — entanglements of movement
and moment, on and at the scale of experience. These are peculiar mo[ve]ments that
evade parsing into recognisable, corpo-affective dimensions of intimacy and that
enlarge the milieu of the encounter, articulate the extension of the event, and pay
attention to that which moves across experience, but that nonetheless evades the
I characterise the rendering of these encounter-events as experi[e]ments. Each a
queer chemistry provoked by the haeccetic mo[ve]ments of each encounter-event. I
put concepts to work, construing ideas and notions from an array of scholars whom
I identify as being loosely, tightly, or otherwise in agencement with Deleuzian and
DeleuzoGuattarian thought. Foremost, I follow the [particularly] Deleuzian line that is
the conception of concepts themselves. I create concepts as I go, moved by
Deleuze’s provocation that concept-making is a creative — and eventful — act. I
fabricate mobile, elastic, and playful concepts that are animated by the feelings of a
mo[ve]ment (and contrariwise). In doing so, I attempt to offer a [singularly] detailed,
and close-up line of inquiry in the midst of bodies and their relations: a hematic,
sanguinary, visceral, and affective account of the encounter; the felt feeling of bodies
happening as a sensuous event.
Period8 Mar 2023
Examination held at