Written with two citational figures, the carpet beetle (anthrenus verbasci) and the clothes moth (tinea pellionella), this essay investigates the role of space in citational practice. Using art historian Rosalind Krauss’s 1979 structuralist diagram of the expanded field of sculpture as a model, I seek to articulate an expanded field of citational practice as a way of making tangible the emotional and political dimension of citation. Through spatial analysis, the essay tests the viability of Krauss’s diagram and subsequently puts forward theoretical extensions to reveal the emo-political negotiations that can take shape within the shifting conflictual space of the expanded field. The spatial analysis supports the conclusion, which puts forward a proposition for a citational practice methodology of hyperillegibility as a mode of practicing citation otherwise.

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