Nonmonogamous Interiors: Doubles, Dopplegangers and Open Relations
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The WSU Humanities Center invites faculty, students, staff, and the community to a Brown Bag talk given by Evan Pavka (Assistant Professor, Art & Art History) on the topic of "Nonmonogamous Interiors:Doubles, Dopplegangers and Open Relations."
Abstract: Open relationships – consisting of deliberate, consensual and intimate activity outside of conventional fidelity – have become increasingly commonplace as a way of forming connections beyond the rigid structure of marriage or partnership. If the home is intrinsically tied to the institution of marriage and support of the nuclear family, what are the implications of nonmonogamy on the design, arrangement and organization of domestic interiors? To answer such a prompt, this presentation explores the slippery nature of not only the term “open relationship” but “design” as it relates to the production of sexual encounters. The result is a reflection on a series of historic interiors that leverage the specter of the “spatial doppelgänger” to reconcile nonnormative arrangements in the monogamous space of the home. The tension and anxiety of the double is then contrasted with two contemporary residences conceived for openly nonmonogamous clients. By skirting and questioning the nature of the spatial doppelgänger, both projects may reveal strategies of “making room” for other relations beyond monogamy, the family and other social conventions to emerge.
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