xenogothicis creating stuff related to weird theory, odd culture and eerie politics.
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The name for my blog was initially chosen due to a long-held feeling of being “a square peg in a black hole”; a feeling that I’m not a very good Goth. In wanting to instead embrace this imposter syndrome and explore it, I adopted this blogonym and attempted to describe a worldview through it.
As I see it, the Gothic has long been representative of various narrative and aesthetic limits. Initially used to invoke the persistence of our own restless and barbarous pasts long into our futures, the Gothic has often brought to mind the signs and signifiers at the edge of what we know and understand about the world around us — the weird, the eerie, the grotesque…
More recently, however, it has become synonymous with a largely outdated and aesthetically conservative subculture. The Gothic eats and humiliates itself, unable to keep up with the present, much like everything else; losing its own sense of the future.
Broadly speaking, Xenogothic is an attempt to reposition the Gothic away from the line of sight of its own reflection — to build new futures for the Gothic; to reweird the Gothic; to encourage a new Gothic that exists outside of itself, having an impact on the world beyond its present status as rigid aesthetic cliché.
I’m a writer and photographer from Kingston-upon-Hull, where I spent most of my time growing up doing band photography, making mixtapes and researching the city’s history as the birthplace of Industrial Music.
In 2010, I started an undergraduate degree in Photographic Art and, after putting it to good use for a few years working on photography exhibitions in Cardiff, decided to do a Masters degree in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, scratching an itch to finally get to grips with Deleuze and to be taught by two of my heroes: Mark Fisher and Kodwo Eshun.
This blog began as an excuse to keep writing after that experience but in a way that didn’t involve staying on the soul-sucking academic treadmill. Over the first 18 months of the blog's existence, I wrote close to half a million words on philosophy, politics and culture; gathered a following of over 3000 people across various platforms and average a couple of hundred views a day from around the world.
I believe strongly in resisting the reactive nature of an academicised “Cultural Studies” and instead attempt to create anew out of the everyday. My blog content varies from essays and Twitter commentary to photography, diary entries and radio shows. I also stream occasionally on Twitch.
Whilst my audience has continued to grow at a steady pace, my life has been anything but stable and I have been left thinking about how I can use the blog as a platform to help support myself whilst also staying true to my principles of open-access and cultural generosity.
All of the content published on the blog is done so for free and this will never change. However, I have branched out into making my own merch and opening a Ko-Fi profile for small one-off donations. Patreon has started to feel like the next step and the right platform for growing an ever-tighter community of readers and supporters, providing new ways of giving back to people beyond the troll grazing grounds of Twitter.
I'm hugely appreciative of all the support I've received so far and hopefully this makes sense as a next step, as I try to keep up the consistency of both my content and my bank balance.