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David Tenorio: Impossible Architectures: Public Space, Affect, and Queer Artivism in Urban Mexico
Impossible Architectures: Public Space, Affect, and Queer Artivism in Urban Mexico
(p. 133 – 154)

David Tenorio

Impossible Architectures: Public Space, Affect, and Queer Artivism in Urban Mexico

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  • artistic practice
  • rhetoric / elocution
  • global ecology
  • contemporary art
  • resistance
  • politics

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David Tenorio

David Tenorio is Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, and Faculty Affiliate with the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, the Graduate Program in Cultural Studies, and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. His research is situated at the intersection of sexuality studies, Latin American and Caribbean cultural studies, performance studies, affect theory, and new materialisms. His current book project examines the queer ecologies shaping nightlife in twenty-first century Mexico, as well as the intimacies that challenge modern notions of sexual citizenship. Moreover, Dr. Tenorio has been involved in various Digital Humanities projects (; and currently serves as an Editorial Board member for the Interdisciplinary Journal on Latin American Studies Brújula (, as a Sub-editor for the Caribbean Studies Association Newsletter, as well as Co-Chair of the Latin American Studies Association Sexualities Section. He has been the recipient of various grants and awards, including the Bejel-Gibbs Graduate Award, the Humanities Program Fellowship, the Humanities Arts & Cultural Studies Dean’s Fellowship, the University of California CUBA Initiative Research Grant, the Mellon Public Scholar Fellowship, the Professors for the Future Fellowship, the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States Research Grant, and the University of Miami’s Cuban Heritage Collection Conference Award.
Sara Alonso Gómez (ed.), Isabel J. Piniella Grillet (ed.), ...: NO Rhetoric(s)

This volume maps some of the territories where points of resistance can be located and where art’s resistant potential becomes relevant once again. "NO Rhetoric(s): Versions and Subversions of Resistance in Contemporary Global Art" focuses on a neuralgic issue which was intensely debated during the last three decades, but has rarely become a topic of its own. It offers an updated way which art presents itself as an agent of resistance, whether in a mere rhetorical stance or as an effective critical strategy. In the face of general discourse of revolt and insurrection that is highly fashionable today, it is necessary to ask whether the gesture of ‘negation’ still yields an emancipatory potential. Struggling between NO rhetoric and NO to rhetoric, the artistic and the political field permanently interfere with each other; sometimes they merely overlap, while at other moments they strongly insist on demarcating themselves. Nonetheless it remains to be seen more precisely of what their respective critical forces and agonality consist. In this sense, the book contributes to a deeper understanding of the different logics of resistance at play between art and the political, as expressed by Jacques Rancière in his distinction between “the politics of the becoming-life of art and the politics of the resistant form.”


This volume provides a diverse array of voices and essays from the academic and artistic field that present theoretical approaches as well as study cases. By juxtaposing them, it encompasses both the complexity and diversity of artistic practices within a global instituting framework that seems to capitalize on different political streams. The reader will find contributions on sexual dissidence, ecology and the Anthropocene, geopolitics of the digital age and institutional critique. The authors, artists and scholars from different disciplines share their desire to shed some light on how art approaches these urgent issues.


Contributors: Sara Alonso Gómez, Mieke Bal, Zach Blas, Katharina Brandl, Nancy Garín, Kendell Geers, Ben Grosser and Geert Lovink, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Federico Luisetti, Charlotte Matter, Isabel J. Piniella Grillet, Nadia Radwan, Fiona Siegenthaler, David Tenorio, and Jaime Vindel.