This special issue of The Garage Journal considers sex and sexuality through the lens of theories of time and temporalities. Indeed, what place do sex and sexuality occupy in theories of time and rationality? How does sexual activity help us persist through time whilst remaining aware of moral principles and prudent rationality (that is, what we owe to our future selves)? Or, why do we speak of sex and sexuality as interruptions of consciousness and ethics? And generally, what about the role of perception, experience, and phenomenology of time in relation to sex and sexuality?
Rasheed Araeen. A Retrospective, installation view, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2019 (courtesy of Alexey Narodizkiy)
Meaning a sacred or holy place, and a place of refuge or safety, the concept of sanctuary has roots in Abrahamic and other religions. It conveys the idea of hospitality toward strangers and the provision of protection for fugitives. In recent years, in the post-capitalist economy, ‘sanctuary’ has been imagined as a reserve of beauty, peace, and harmony (i.e., a resort, retreat), re-emerging as a point of reference in the environmentalist discourse. And in media studies, ‘information bubbles’ created on social media have also been linked to the idea of sanctuary.