Seminar 34 // 14, 15, 16 June 2012 // London

Thursday, the 14th of June

Venue: Prokovief Room, 2nd floor , Library building, (for those without Goldsmiths ID cards, we will be at front desk at 10.30)

10.30 – 1.00

Recap of the previous thematic of Curatorial/Knowledge: the shift from ‘curating’ to ‘the curatorial’ .  In preparation for the afternoon presentation, we will look at some of the arguments and assumptions that led to founding the program and to its initial discussions. This will set the stage for a discussion of Derrida’s concept of ‘the sendoff’.

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 5.00

Jean-Paul Martinon: “The Send Off at Journey’s End”

The curatorial is a send-off because an exhibition puts forward both the limits and possibilities of knowledge. In this way, when it comes to an exhibition, one is always involved in a send-off and all exhibitions are send-offs. But what if this idea was no longer relevant? What if there is no send off as such, but real objects that only demand to be dissected objectively? What if one can finally know reality in itself, independently of our subjectivity? In this session, the old correlationist Derrida meets the new realist Meillassoux.

Jean-Paul Martinon is a writer based in London. He is currently Programme Leader of the MPhil/PhD in Visual Cultures and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He was the co-founder and curator of Rear Window, an independent arts trust that staged a series of exhibitions and conferences in temporary sites across London during the 1990s. He writes in an attempt to make sense of time: its staging in museums, its advent, its gender, and the way it is used to structure human life.


Friday, the 15th of June

Venue: Prokovief Room, 2nd floor , Library building, (for those without Goldsmiths ID cards, we will be at front desk at 11.00)

11 - 1.30

Discussion of the  program – time table and schedule for next year, trips to other locations, participants input and more active role in running the seminars. Reinstating the 3rd day reading group, having external presentations of the seminar to an invited audience.

1.30 – 2.30 Lunch

2.30- 5.00

Continuing the term presentations from those who have not yet discussed the term that guides their project. Broad discussion of the overriding  thematic of the program next year; involvement of the participants; formats and presentations outside the seminar; trips and commitments; etc.


Saturday, the 16th of June

Venue: Iniva – Rivington Place Greater London EC2A 3BA

12.00 – 5.30

Stefan and I will do the last in the series of our seminars on the concept of ‘Public’.


Jean Paul Martinon

Jacques Derrida, “Sendoffs,” in Eyes of the University, translated by Thomas Pepper (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004), pp. 220-4

Quentin Meillassoux, Time Without Becoming, (Middlesex University, London, May 8 2008)


Irit Rogoff

Judith Butler "Bodies in Alliance with the Politics of the Street" in

Giorgio Agamben 'Tianamen'  from "The Coming Community"


Stefan Nowotny

Stefan Nowotny, Clandestine Publics, 2005


Seminar Dates: 
Thu, 14/06/2012 - 01:30 - Sat, 16/06/2012 - 08:30