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Spectacle of Endings: In an “Endless Present”

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ruth Raynor, Dr Charlotte Veal



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This Introduction to the special issue on ‘Creative Endings’ thinks across intensities (Massumi 2015) and temporalities (Bastian et al. 2020) to consider the force of ‘endings’ in the contemporary political moment: the multiple time-spaces within them, endings as temporalities in their own right, experienced forcefully, unequally, and as generative of dynamic emotional resonances. Whilst often stated (see DeSilvey and Edensor 2013; Graham 1998; Mitchell 1995), endings remain under-theorised in the discipline. Yet endings are a central form through which the assemblage of representations, materialities, structures and the morethan-representational are organised in the orchestration and deliverance of political work. (By form we mean ‘how power relations are arranged into specific shapes or patterns’; Anderson 2017, 501). This introduction, and the various papers that follow, begin to address the gap in thinking, by introducing intensities and temporalities as ways to work with both the representational and more-than-representational forces of endings, drawing upon examples from contemporary politics. From here, we propose the creative arts, in occupying the threshold of the representational/more-than-representations, as well placed to intervene on endings. We think the creative arts can help us to know, represent, and intervene (Hawkins 2015) in various ends within the current political moment, through their attunement, specifically, to liveness, form and feeling

Publication metadata

Author(s): Raynor R, Veal C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: GeoHumanities

Year: 2023

Volume: 9

Issue: 1

Pages: 158-169

Online publication date: 14/04/2023

Acceptance date: 17/10/2022

Date deposited: 18/10/2022

ISSN (print): 2373-566X

ISSN (electronic): 2373-5678

Publisher: Taylor and Francis


DOI: 10.1080/2373566X.2022.2144405

Notes: Manuscript ID RGEO-2022-0021


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