Erotic Zones, Utopian Images

Carter, P 2018, 'Erotic Zones, Utopian Images', Performance Research, vol. 23, no. 4/5, pp. 400-405.


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Title Erotic Zones, Utopian Images
Author(s) Carter, P
Year 2018
Journal name Performance Research
Volume number 23
Issue number 4/5
Start page 400
End page 405
Total pages 6
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Paul Carter, Erotic Zones, Utopian Images. The Miller Atlas (c.1519) by cartographers Lope Homem and Pedro Reinel is remarkable for its representation of islands. The kaleidoscopic profusion and indifference to geographical fact have puzzled commentators. This article proposes that the islands are metaphors as such, notations of movement forms that are simultaneously mental and environmental; mobilizing the imagination, they represent commerce in its broadest sense exchange through the negotiation of exchange rates. In an imperial context, they translate geography into choreography. Drawing on Raul Ruizs discussion of an episode in the life of Gaëtan Gatian de Clérambault (best known as Jacques Lacans teacher), it is suggested that the islands are hallucinatory, their virtual or utopian images expressing an Eros that easily elides visualization with an act of psychological or political enslavement. As drawings of new realities, the swarming shoals of the Homem/Reinel chart offer a complex hieroglyph of the performances, psychic and environmental, through which the imperialising spirit first fantasises the world, then takes hold it.
Subject Architectural History and Theory
Art Theory
DOI - identifier 10.1080/13528165.2018.1506398
Copyright notice © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN 1352-8165
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