Category Archives: SPECTRAL PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY

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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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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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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AND YET WE FALL THROUGH A LAKE AND COME OUT THE OTHER SIDE….BIENNIAL: THE TWO-SIDED LAKE, HONDO SUPERMARKET.BY STEVEN BENSON.

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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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TOWARDS UTOPIA???????????????LINKS:BIENNIAL(S), BREXIT, CORBYN; or NON-LINKS AND FEAR/OTHERING.A GRUESOME PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY. BY STEVEN BENSON

“The sadness inspired by failing restaurants”. “The smell of mildew in movie theaters” (both from Eugenides, “Middlesex”, 2002) Lewis’s little balcony restaurant(dying gradually, now 6 years gone).https://decayetude.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/img_13071.jpg  .The ABC Cinema, Lime Street:re-used for a spectral exhibition in a previous biennial; and … Continue reading

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“GREY”,WORDCOUNT EXERCISE FOR LGBT CREATIVE WRITING GROUP, MERSEYSIDE,BY STEVEN BENSON.11.7.16

GREY…….on Liverpool Pride weekend?????!!!! Let us counterpoint it against RAINBOW colours: GREY is not gay; its HETERONORMATIVE Fear of difference Joylessness ABSENCE; nondescript. GREY= INTERNALIZED HOMOPHOBIA(we all have it, but to varying degrees); it can make a blank, GREY slate of … Continue reading

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FRAGMENTS/SNAPSHOTS/WHY not unFINISHED!?BY STEVEN BENSON

Holbeck Hall, Scarborough/ Birmingham Snow Hill station residuary body/the liminal rest home/abandoned houses/decrepitude/desuetude/decayetude: the ghost stories(spectral psychogeography), the rants, the lgbt/Queer theory,the syntheses, the hybrid(sebaldian) stylistics; HAVE I NOW SAID IT ALL? …….. I hope not … yet…. I LIKE fragments, … Continue reading

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THE RE-BUILT SHELL.BY STEVEN BENSON

The erstwhile spectral house nears (re) completion: double glazed windows are installed; the scaffolding is half down, the brickwork cleaned. The former denizens’ beautiful garden is WIPED OUT. Who will live there shortly? It will not be the former mix … Continue reading

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