Category Archives: Phenomenology

TIME ZIGZAGS:LIVERPOOL GAY ’80S:VIGNETTES.PART 3:”WHERE DID ALL MY HAIR GO?/HUSKISSON STREET.”. BY STEVEN BENSON

I am looking at a photo of myself(Christmas Eve, 1988), taken in Huskisson Street, Toxteth, when I was twenty nine: I am sporting a rather fetching fringe(where did all my hair go?). I am in my second(Liverpool) flat, since coming … Continue reading

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BOOKSHOP STORIES.PART 2. RE-INVENTION. A MEDITATION. BY STEVEN BENSON.

And so I repaired(being the word), once more, to the newly re-invented, struggling treasure-trove of a bookshop (with café:)). It wasn’t term time but the café was twentyfold busier than its host bookshop. It had become a weekly joy(tinged with … Continue reading

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BOOKHOPS=SAFE SPACES.QUEER/GAY LIBRARY. BY STEVEN BENSON.

In homage, and with affection, to my dear friend Michael:). Michael said bookshops were “safe spaces” for him;and, I thought, they are safe for me too. Here is one https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/creating-my-own-spring-psychogeography-in-action-by-steven-benson/ To (re) coin some fruity (!) images, they are island/oases … Continue reading

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HOMOSEX(UALITY) AND THE DOPPELGANGER; G>A>Y (“GOOD AS YOU”){INCLUDING REFERENCE TO SEBALD}: A BELLETRISTIK (DOUBLE!)TAKE, BY STEVEN BENSON

1, Homosex allied with/equated with “narcissism” in psycho-analytic tradition(hetero-normatively constructed); thereby implied as an incomplete, arrested development. The literary trope of the uncanny doppelganger(for instance in Gothic novel), though it can be queered(ie. positively skewed; torquere=to twist),sets up the homoerotic … Continue reading

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MY GAY/QUEER AESTHETIC: A PHOTO/TEXT CONSTELLATION:PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY.PART 1: THE LIVING ROOM LIVES.BY STEVEN BENSON

Queer(reclaimed) = Camp Kitsch (merely) NAFF(“Normal as fuck”) Quirky/idiosyncratic Silly but nice Bright colours Re-appropriating stereotypes/”stereotypes” pomo self referential objets d’art:eg Vox Turnabout 70s LP cover art historical/antique (camp) homage to Susan Sontag, author of the “Notes on Camp” essay,before … Continue reading

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CREATING MY OWN SPRING.PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY IN ACTION! BY STEVEN BENSON.

As winter edges towards spring,I inhabit a liminal place/space, a queer(quirky, self-created, counter-hegemonic) SAFE space, an oasis; today, it is in Blackwell’s impoverished, slowly declining (but, temporarily, re-invented) new little University bookshop. Amidst. and athwart, the quotidian distress and fear of … Continue reading

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MUM AND DADS’ MARRIAGE DAY; AND THE DREAM WEAVER.BY STEVEN BENSON.

Through glass, memory, and time: mum and dads’ marriage day, c. 1958 The dream weaver: a skein linking together past, present and future; preserving the past as much as possible via memories and dreams; but also mum watching over me, … Continue reading

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FRAGMENTS:ALL THAT REMAINS.REMNANTS FROM MUM AND DADS’ HOUSE, MY HOME OF 20 YEARS.A TRIBUTE, AND AN ATTEMPT AT REDEMPTION OVER TIME.LOVE FROM STEVE.

I shall, mainly, let the captures (of lost time) speak for themselves; but my childhood home/mum and dads’ home for over 50 years is finally being sold on 8.8.16. These pictures show what remains, re-situated in my flat…. Classical music … Continue reading

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PORTALS(CONTINUED):INTO THE PAST AND INTO NOWHERE.URBAN DECAY. BY STEVEN BENSON

backwards portal: ancient to modern Oratory, Liverpool. Note the bird; flying THROUGH the portal? to freedom? (Yet fixed in stone; a mere sculpture, frozen music) entrance? to where? Old signage, proclaiming the dead portal of what was Lewis’s warehouse; a … Continue reading

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BENNIAL 2016 ET AL(CONTINUED).PHOTO AND CAPTION POST:CAIRNS STREET AND GRANBY ST: ASSEMBLAGE AND CONSTELLATION AND FOUND OBJECTS .BY STEVEN BENSON

Constellations of stars or miniature found objects; an assemblage{homage to Benjamin};a representation and presagement of the reality and representation all around this artwork This work covers a former window, another portal; Liverpool Biennials often re-discover/uncover the remnants of former manifestations … Continue reading

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