The docks and waterfront structures marked the edges of Manhattan, yet for those who used to create sex or to create art, these spaces were boundless, their decayed and collapsing state inviting behaviors beyond the limits of public decorum and bourgeois morality.
Public sex on the waterfront not only violated codes of conduct; it cut across boundaries of class, race and ethnicity. For queer writers like #SamuelRDelany, #GuyHocquenghem, and #DavidWojnarowicz, among others, this was central to its revolutionary potential. . . .The waterfront, once a site of capitalist power, was at least from a brief time cracked, open, overrun.
—#JonathanWeinberg, 2019 Pier Groups
*img 1947 N.Y. City's waterfront (detail)
(archaic artifacts of sodomy networks)
*img old placard of defunct Argos leatherbar in Warmoesstraat, AMS (1957-2015)
These were, if you’ll permit the metaphor, temples of urethral eroticism.
—#ChristopherChitty, 2017 (2020) Patenting The Pissoir: Queer Bodies and Proprietary Technologies / SH
*img 1884 Folding Urinal, Patent by J. L. Mott Iron Works #HomoSexEthnography
Same-sex eroticism has been documented in most artisanal classes in which age and status hierarchies subjected male youths to the direct domination of adult men in handicraft production.
A shared grammar of sexual possibility and availability produced by practices of cruising public spaces gave these particular codes their continuity or legibility across time and place. Homosexuality was reconceptualized as an active, counterhegemonic appropriation of urban space generating unique forms of sociality and culture centered around stranger intimacy.
Dann habe ich den Hammer genommen.
*img 1980 #CornyLittmann Aktion enthüllte den Skandal der Schwulen-Bespitzelung, Hamburg
homo faggotries & undercommons—sodomies, Lo Gai Saber, espellar Mascle, i + —digging heritage—a visual essay (18+)—Recombination is also our task,
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