Category Archives: queer geography

IN DEFENCE OF CAMP MELANCHOLIA. BY STEVEN BENSON.

There are many tropes around the homosexual(man): the abject subject (“subject” as in subjected to/controlled/put upon; we are the Queen’s subjects), so we are perceived as (and internalise and live upto this figure) as powerless, flailing around in hopeless “stereotypes”: … Continue reading

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AESTHETICA MELANCHOLIA. CAPTURES, LEADING TOWARDS A DEFINITION AND CONSTELLATION. BY STEVEN BENSON

Liverpool¬†Street station, from “Austerlitz”(Sebald) the slow demise:Liverpool Central High Level station, early 1970s. I took this, as a teenager. In shadow, as ever:Barrington-Coupe’s own special creation,Joyce Hatto. These captures speak for themselves; or, perhaps, need a bit of help in … Continue reading

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“SPEAK MY LANGUAGE”(ED.HOJER,2015):A COMPILATION OF GAY MENS’ SHORT STORIES.REVIEW.PART 1.BY STEVEN BENSON.

Stephen Fry, in his introduction to this large volume, writes:”…gay stories offer us vindication, fellowship, validation and a sense of shared identity that we need now as much as ever” { see also my previous piece for the Blackwells Book … Continue reading

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THE BROTHEL IN HUSKISSON STREET:Remembrances. Gay 80s (continued).BY STEVEN BENSON

Ok, now I have your attention:come with me on another foray into my gay past! This succeeds Princes Gate East https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/for-pride-story-writing-group-steps-to-freedompauls-gay-start-in-life-reflections-by-steven-benson/ But now we are back in the first person….so I shall give you DIRECT memories/reportage, in the form of … Continue reading

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FOR “PRIDE STORY” WRITING GROUP.”STEPS TO FREEDOM:PAUL’S (GAY) START IN LIFE”.REFLECTIONS. BY STEVEN BENSON.

Paul, in memory, re-entered and re-claimed his first flat(since coming out as gay ); in his act of rememberance, he walked around the land of yesteryear,but also(in vertical time) the demesne of today, as his memory joined the past and … Continue reading

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LIVERPOOL CENTRAL LIBRARY LGBT ARCHIVE; GAY LEFT AND ANTI CLAUSE 28 CAMPAIGN.

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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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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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