Issue 06. Erotics of Anticipation 18+

Issue 06. Erotics of Anticipation 18+

Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe and Laocoon Group, collage, 1991 (Garage Archive Collection) 

Issue 06 (autumn 2022)


Edited by The Garage Journal in consultation with Aleksandr Izvekov (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art)


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?


In arts and humanities, studies of sex and sexuality have focused on expressions of identity, relations of power, and economics of sexual exchange. They have produced theories of gender and sexuality in various historical settings, revealing meanings of and concerns about behavior, femininity, maturation, and so on. Alternatively, these studies have produced structural conceptualizations of desire, loving, trust, and so on. They have also examined how sexuality changes over time on individual (e.g., Freud’s psycho-sexual stages) or social levels (e.g., knowledge-sexual frameworks by Foucault, Butler, Kosofsky Sedgwick, Rubin, Preciado, and others). Alternatively, they have produced universal interpretative systems (e.g., Lacan’s lingo-sexual structure), or ritual-based functional accounts (e.g., Bakhtin’s grotesque bodies). 


For this issue, we invite contributors to consider anticipation not as a form of teleology, but as a form of continuity that relies on the social patterning of time and sex, and temporality and sexuality. How does anticipation work both as a metaphor and physicality, especially in relation to sex and sexuality, including (non-)chronological and (non-)normative practices? How can we use the notion of anticipation to theorize contemporary arts and culture? We also invite contributors to challenge the link between erotics and aesthetics, offering new perspectives on how we may understand and work with issues of (in)visibility, persistence, memory, and stimulus and motivation. Equally, we invite contributions that explore the issues of agency and temporality, and supply a critique of (non-)institutionalized gatekeepers. Ultimately, we welcome contributions which challenge the concepts of sex and sexuality by putting forward ‘future’ and ‘speculative’ experiments and explorations.


To submit a proposal, please provide the following information in English: 


• contribution type (e.g., article, visual essay, reflexive essay, data essay, etc.); 

• language of contribution (English, German or Russian); 

• title of contribution; 

• abstract (300 words); 

• key words that indicate the focus of the contribution (e.g., sex and sexuality, anticipation, (in)visibility); 

• biographical information, including a short biographical statement of maximum 100 words stating research interests and relevant professional experience, and a list of no more than 10 publications relevant to the themes of the special issue. 


Proposals for contributions are due on February 28, 2022. Send all the information requested above—as a single PDF document—to the  



Founded in 2019, The Garage Journal is an independent interdisciplinary platform advancing critical discussions about contemporary art, culture and museum practice in the Russian and global contexts. It publishes empirical, theoretical and speculative research in a variety of genres, celebrating innovative ways to present research. Fully peer-reviewed, it provides a source book of ideas for an international audience.