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A Luminous Index: Erotic Phenomenology of a Stain @ Hobart

This lyric essay is a version of a paper I presented at Basic Talks at the Hugh Lane, Dublin in December 2018, and came out of recent research around stains, Ana Mendieta and transcriptions of otherness.

A stain; an unintended mark that, once made, resists removal. Inadvertent remnant and by-product, it is something made while we were looking elsewhere; evidence that our attention faltered, or that some vessel failed to function.

Signifying a loss of control, distinct for discolouration and measured by how permanently a fabric or surface has been altered, no one, it seems, sets out to make a stain.

This accounts, in part, for its expressive power.

Sue Rainsford