Ecopoetics Along Shorelines


May 6, 2018

Not-yet-here and surplus overlap multiple times. Muñoz presents the idea of both concepts going against what they refer to as “straight time”—heterosexuality, capitalism, and the overall status quo. Herko’s eccentric performances represent excess and surplus, enemies of this straight time, the opposite of the not-yet-here timeline he might have pined for. The author cautions us against moralism and encourages us to think of his art as, “attempting to reach another time and place, a not-here and a not-now that is utopian.” This distinction would matter to a queer critique as others may simply dismiss Herko as a “childish” drug abuser.

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