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Architectural MaterialismsNonhuman Creativity$
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Maria Voyatzaki

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474420570

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420570.001.0001

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Performing Bitumen, Materialising Desiré

Performing Bitumen, Materialising Desiré

(p.132) Chapter 6 Performing Bitumen, Materialising Desiré
Architectural Materialisms

Julieanna Preston

Jen Archer-Martin

Edinburgh University Press

Julieanna Preston and Jen Archer-Martin attempt to reveal the agential voices of the assemblages of human and nonhuman agents. Such are the human embodiment in the form of performance as yet another self-organising pile, an assemblage of events operating across scales of temporality, materiality and affectivity and bitumen, a vital and vibrant surface of our living. A language shift away from clichés and stereotypes resets a new ecology of human and nonhuman materiality at work. Impressively vivid, live instances, captured in words, describe the malleability of all agents entangled in the same ecology. Bitumen is introduced through a coagulated dialogue between a poetic and philosophical voice. The labourer is replaced with that of a caretaker, informed by an ethic of care. This call for care is woven as a secondary thread into the context as both a disruptive and a reparative act, much as the roadworker’s high-visibility tribal garbs both screams ‘Take care!’ and reassures ‘I’ll take care of it’.

Keywords:   Assemblages, Nonhuman Agencies, Human Agencies, Temporality, Materiality, Affectivity, Performing Bitumen, Vitality, Vibrancy, Materialising Desiré

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