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Closer. Fatness, desire, and seeing as touching


Closer. Fatness, desire, and seeing as touching

Hutter, Magdalena (2022) Closer. Fatness, desire, and seeing as touching. Fat Studies . pp. 1-13. ISSN 2160-4851

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Thinking through the concept of “seeing as touching” as articulated in the work of Laura Marks, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and queer filmmaker Barbara Hammer, this article uses a research-creation approach involving somatic and visual prompts to explore questions around intimacy, visuality, touch, and distance. Building on the concepts of desirability hierarchies and economies of care, it investigates connections between fatphobia and feelings of desire and disgust, highlighting the complex role that sensations can play in reproducing and reinforcing normative body standards and white supremacist power structures. The article includes still photographs from a video-based exploration of a fat “haptic visuality” and suggests a connection between the generative ambiguity such an approach to making images can allow for and the inherent transgressive potential of fat embodiment.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Humanities: Interdisciplinary Studies
Item Type:Article
Authors:Hutter, Magdalena
Journal or Publication:Fat Studies
Date:15 February 2022
  • Concordia University, Department of Fine Arts
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1080/21604851.2022.2033395
Keywords:Fat; touch; visuality; desirability politics; research- creation
ID Code:991816
Deposited By: Magdalena Hutter
Deposited On:14 Mar 2023 19:18
Last Modified:29 Mar 2023 20:01


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