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in(Living)between: Performing the Hyphen

Hart, Keiko (2019) in(Living)between: Performing the Hyphen. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Hart, Keiko
Abstract:

The multiracial individual lives in the in(-)between—a space of generative potential for progressive resistance. It’s neither here nor there, not strictly self or the other, but both: the hyphen. in(Living)between examines hyphenated identity through experiences of (mis)perceptions, (mis)interpretations and (mis)identifications. Attempting to define hyphenation within the limitations of language is contrary to its constant state of becoming. It cannot be placed because it’s not fixed to a singular identity, cannot be explained or neatly contained within histories. Its fluid movement shouldn’t be mistaken for indecisiveness; it exists in a paradox—perforating the boundary built up by past (mis)understandings, infiltrating the space thought to be inaccessible. Invoking it in ambiguous writing is a self-reflexive protest on the delimiting functions of specificity. The hyphen complicates context by reconfiguring time and space, interrupting the performance of the present to activate discursive inventions that contend with the question: how do we locate identity?

Date: April 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: identity, in-between, hyphen, boundary, performance, paradox, hybridity, self, ethnicity, race, ambiguity, context collapse, criticism, writing, live-stream
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Criticism and Curatorial Practice
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Date Deposited: 15 May 2019 19:52
Last Modified: 15 May 2019 19:52
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2655

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