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Politics of Installation

Politics of Installation

26/07/2016

More than anything else, what the installation offers to the fluid, circulating multitudes is an aura of the here and now. The installation is, above all, a mass-cultural version of individual flânerie, as described by Benjamin, and therefore a place for the emergence of aura, for „profane illumination.”

Sexual Difference and the Symbolic: What Future?

Sexual Difference and the Symbolic: What Future?

Catherine Malabou & Jacqueline Rose  20/06/2016

In psy­cho­ana­lytic think­ing, the sym­bolic is meant to secure the order of the world and of the mind. It is through the symbolic that sexual dif­fer­ence lays down its law. In this con­ver­sa­tion, Cath­er­ine Malabou and Jac­queline Rose will discuss whether this model is still viable today.

The Verb to Be

The Verb to Be

10/05/2016

It’s despair and not the return of a quantity of insignificant facts like seeds that leave one furrow for another at nightfall.

The Palingenesis of the Avant-garde

The Palingenesis of the Avant-garde

26/04/2016

The contemporary avant-garde insists that the only tradition by which anything can be judged is one that does not yet exist, in other words, the culture we are elaborating in our theory and practice.

Sentences on Conceptual Art

Sentences on Conceptual Art

24/03/2016

When words such as painting and sculpture are used, they connote a whole tradition and imply a consequent acceptance of this tradition, thus placing limitations on the artist who would be reluctant to make art that goes beyond the limitations.

Visual Poetry Today

Visual Poetry Today

24/03/2016

Visual poetry is written for the eye, but its methods and intentions, even in those works most limited in their verbal content, are always poetic, always compelling the reader forward into the transformative power of language, always entranced by – and entrancing through – the text that is before us.

Alice Munro, The Art of Fiction No. 137

Alice Munro, The Art of Fiction No. 137

19/02/2016

You use up your childhood, unless you’re able, like William Maxwell, to keep going back and finding wonderful new levels in it. The deep, personal material of the latter half of your life is your children.