Gender drift: Testo Junkie, queer performativity and molecular becoming

Greer, S. (2018) Gender drift: Testo Junkie, queer performativity and molecular becoming. Performance Research, 23(7), pp. 63-71. (doi: 10.1080/13528165.2018.1557450)

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Staged as a drift between and beyond the terms of normative gender, Paul B. Preciado's Testo Junkie (2013) suggests a reconceptualization of the Situationist dérive as a practice of molecular becoming. In this essay, I offer Preciado's work as a way of understanding how queer dramaturgies may involve something other than a stable, coherent subject and instead figure what Rosi Braidotti has theorised as a non-unitary or nomadic mode of subjectivity. At the same time, Preciado's emphasis on the spatial, cultural and ‘pharmaco-pornographic’ conditions which materialise the contemporary subject may usefully resist renditions of the queer or trans subject as endlessly or effortlessly fluid. In exploring these ideas, I consider two performances – Rosana Cade's Walking: Holding (2011) and Nando Messias’ The Sissy's Progress ­­(2014) – as articulating the necessity for queer, trans and gender non-conforming people to appear in public spaces while simultaneously foregrounding the literal, material conditions -- and risks -- attached to gender that drifts from its most normative instance. These works invite us to rethink the potential of queer spatiality in terms of contact, exposure and situated embodiment.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Greer, Dr Stephen
Authors: Greer, S.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Performance Research
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1469-9990
Published Online:31 January 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Performance Research 23(7): 63-71
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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