The 8th Conference of the Irigaray Circle

  • Mitchell, B. (Presented paper)
  • Karen Fielder (Presented paper)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Description of Activity

The Thickness of Time
Buildings decay and mutate, they are made of hybrid assemblages of material sourced from near and far.... ‘they are emergent mosaics of various temporalities, collages of matter characterised by an incessant becoming’. We are interested in the perdurance or life expectancy of a thing, or how long it can be kept going. This thinking supports us to shift away from reading of historic buildings through stratified histories to one where space, time, materials and people are intertwined in an unfolding process.Our work uses an uninhabited 16th-century timber-framed manor house as a case study. Here we propose that the house is experienced all the more poignantly as it hangs in a transitional state prior to any programme of restoration and reuse which aspires to implement a unifying scheme leading to a fixed and static end point. In particular, we examine the on
going processes at work in a decaying timber floor joist and the affective capacities elicited by the natural and cultural agencies at work and the absences and presences that the timber suggests. We do this through amassing creative exchanges using drawing, writing, and dialogues with the space and timber to prompt new modes of understanding historic interiors.

We propose to use the conference as a site of exchange where we open a conversation about the decaying floor joist through responding to Luce Irigaray’s texts, her thinking and vocabulary of difference, of form and shape. We aim to do this through a30 minute creative writing session and a 10 minute space for reading and sharing the multiple voices of the participants imaginative responses.
Period23 Jun 2017
Event typeConference
LocationWinchester, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational