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date: 15 October 2019

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This chapter considers how the performance of ecosexuality suggests ontologies of both performance and the material world that figure performances as materializing phenomena in which material entities do not merely interact but are intra-actively produced. Thinking through and between the collaborative performance artworks of Elizabeth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle, Karen Barad’s “agential realist” account of matter, Sara Ahmed’s queer phenomenology, Judith Butler’s writing on politics and performativity, and the Catholic tradition of marrying the sea in Venice, ecosexuality becomes an opportunity to turn toward a rich spectrum of nonhuman and human bodies, enabling intimate encounters and intra-activities through which our bodies become reconfigured, reoriented, and produced anew. Finally, this chapter asks that we consider our work in the performing arts as sites of agential participation through which we might enact the world differently, reconfiguring what becomes possible with and in the worlds that we produce in performance.

Keywords: agential realism, ecosexuality, intra-activity, marriage, materiality, performance, performativity, queer phenomenology, Venice, wedding

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