Seminar 19 // 10, 11, 12 December 2009 // London

Seminar 19// 10, 11, 12 December 2009 // London

(Please see email for location)

1. Thursday: Presentation and films screening by Cihat Arinc - Specters of Cinema: In Search of a Hauntology of Film, & Lazlo Pearlman - Performing the Explicit Queer Body.

2. Friday: Allegories Revisited & Working Together Towards the Publication

3. Saturday: Reading Group led by Doreen Mende Further information about the sessions can be found below:

1) Thursday, 10 December:

11.00am - 1.30pm : Presentation by Cihat Arinc - Specters of Cinema: In Search of a Hauntology of Film

If “the cinema is the art of ghosts, a battle of phantoms, . . . [or] the art of allowing ghosts to come back,” as Derrida argues, then in what way should we approach filmic medium? Admitting that movies are shelters of ghosts means that specters of the “unspoken” past are able to haunt spectators through films: “one must reckon with them” (SM, xx). In order to cope with the ghosts of cinema and their haunts, “it would be necessary to learn spirits” and also to interrogate the relations between the specter and the spectator (SM, xvii). In my paper, I consider filmic medium as a “ghostly surface of traumatic traces” which implies not only that cinematic inscriptions can constitute spectral spaces for counter-memories, but also that it is possible to learn to view “the ghost as a social figure” (GM, 25), and “to learn to live with ghosts” through cinematic hauntings (SM, xvii-xviii). Readings: 1. Excerpts from: Jacques Derrida, Specters of Marx: The State of the Debt, the Work of Mourning and the New International, trans. Peggy Kamuf (London: Routledge, 2006); and Avery Gordon, Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination (Minneapolis; London: University of Minnesota Press, 2008) [abbreviated as SM and GM].

Click for Part 1 of 2 Derrida texts

2. Jacques Derrida and Bernard Stiegler, “Spectrographies,” in Echographies of Television: Filmed Interviews, trans. Jennifer Bajorek (Cambridge: Polity, 2007), pp. 113-134. Click for Part 2 of 2 Derrida texts

2.30pm – 4.30pm : Film Screenings by Cihat Arinc

For this session, Cihat will be screening and discussing short extracts of films to illustrate his morning paper on the Specters of Cinema.

5pm : Lazlo Pearlman - Performing the Explicit Queer Body

As part of the Visual Cultures Guest Lecture Series, Lazlo Pearlman, a creator, performer, director and teacher will deliver a lecture entitled "Performing the Explicit Queer Body". Utilizing examples of my own work and that of some of my performing contemporaries in Western Europe and North America, this lecture looks at the use and effectiveness of nudity and explicit sexual content in current Queer performance work. The naked and explicit body onstage is a powerful performance tool. It has enormous potential as a disruptive force, challenging, among other things, normative notions of gender and sexual identities, sexualities, and the gendered gaze. This lecture looks at several artists whose work utilizes this disruptive strategy; through text, video, and still imagery.

2) Friday, 11 December 11.00am - 1.30pm – Allegories Revisited

As you probably remember we explored the topic of Allegory on Friday 28 March 2008 at Goldsmiths. During that seminar I put forward the idea of creating a book alongside the planned web site. The working title for this book is Allegories of the Curatorial or Theses in the Philosophy of Curating. For this session we will revisit this notion and its potential for the curatorial. If you can, please re-read the three texts I uploaded on the web site in 2008 plus this new complementary text: Reading Peter Berek, “Interpretation, Allegory, and Allegoresis,” College English, Vol. 40, No. 2 (Oct., 1978), pp. 117-132. Click for Berek text

2.30pm – 4.30pm – Working Together Towards the Publication

For the afternoon session, we will devise and plan our publication. Please see email for information.

7pm: Fry-Up - The Old Police Station 114-116 Amersham Vale, SE14 6LG

Up for a fry up? 11 Goldsmiths undergraduate artists are presenting their new works in a show opening tonight. The works will be situated within and around the Old Police Station in New Cross. Once a fully-functional police station, this site has been creatively transformed into an unconventional gallery space, in which the various art pieces will be showcased. As a delightful side dish to the main offer, six intact prison cells will be hosting a series of works, which will present original dialogues with the peculiar space.

3) Saturday, 12 December 11am – 4pm - Reading Group led by Doreen Mende Ellipsis is a sign indicating that some text or some words has or have been omitted. Metaphorically, an ellipsis designates the abandoning of a ground, even though the ground remains. Texts: -Jean-Luc Nancy, “Elliptical Sense” in A Finite Thinking, Stanford University Press, 2003, pp.104-111.

Click for Nancy text

Click for google book access -Jacques Derrida, “Elipsis,” in Writing and Difference, Routledge, 2001, pp. 371-8.

Click for Derrida text

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Seminar Dates: 
Thu, 10/12/2009 (All day) - Sat, 12/12/2009 (All day)