Inspired by a virtual symposium that took place in 2020 and featured in the exhibition COVEN: Witchcraft for Politics (2021) at the Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research in Athens, Greece, this hand-numbered, limited edition publication collects writings from an international and interdisciplinary body of artists and researchers addressing desire—and with it, sex, love and care—from the perspective of the contemporary moment.
Engaging with queer, feminist and decolonial approaches and drawing on developments in cultural studies more broadly, the essays in this volume move not just beyond Freud’s ‘pleasure principle’ (as the psychoanalyst himself purported to do 100 years ago) but beyond Freud himself, inviting us to think of desire as a kind of evental magick, that that, in the words of Lauren Berlant, reorganises worlds: “How, we ask, do we call on this power of desire, reinvigorated today by black, feminist, and queer perspectives, to design rituals that further enable communities of difference and bring about another world?”
With contributions by
Denise Ackerl, Marcus Bell, Toni Brell, Keti Chukhrov, Genevieve Costello, AC Davidson, Mijke van der Drift, Phoebe Eccles, Aimilia Efthimiou, Antke Engel, Andrea González Garrán, Caroline Harris, Christian Klesse, Si Leong, Lilly Marks, Cynthia Montier, Lisa Moravec, Ophélie Naessens, Nat Raha, Andrea Ray, Charlotte Rohde, Lou Lou Sainsbury, S. Santos, Despoina Tzanou, Alexandra Voutsina, Nadira Clare Wallace, Romy Day Winkel
Edited by Lilly Marks and Caroline Harris
Designed by Toni Brell
English, 240 x 300 mm, 128 pages, soft cover
Independent Publishing Network