Hierarchies of Feeling

Abstract

This collection of works takes the form of a visual essay, an attempt to further explore ideas and themes found in Xine Yao’s Disaffected: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling in Nineteenth-Century America (2021), which presents unfeeling as a method for disrupting colonialism and other oppressive hierarchies. This collection of images comprises a series of digitally rendered collages that encourage and value uncertainty and mystery. The images in this series are speculative, abstract and non-linear, created in ‘opposition to clarity’, with the intention to reflect the idea of ‘unfeeling’ by withholding or refusing easy understanding.

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unfeeling, Xine Yao, Alex Williamson, Disaffected, collage, uncertainty, hierarchies, colonialism, sentiment, refusal, tender violence, visual art

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Williamson, A., (2022) “Hierarchies of Feeling”, Moveable Type 14(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.444.1755-4527.1482

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