Art of the Non Lecture

Forthcoming Publication!

In Uncategorized on October 7, 2009 at 2:13 pm

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The Usual Suspects book, designed by Annie Wu, with documentation of each event, an essay by Monika Szewczyk and an introduction by Clare Butcher will be published soon. Watch this space for details and distribution points.


The Usual Suspects goes abroad

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2009 at 11:11 am

Watch this space – the Usual Suspects are going to Manchester to coordinate/confuse/facilitate/negate the following multi-disciplinary conversation at the CRESC 5th Annual Conference, 2009

Session 101 – wednesday 2nd September – 11 am – 1 pm.
presentation of Yvonne Dröge Wendel, Independent visual artist, Emilie Gomart, Independent writer and curator, Dieter Roelstraete, independent writer an curator, and Clare Butcher, curator
at CRESC 5th Annual Conference 2009: Objects – What Matters? Technology, Value and Social Change, 1-4 September 2009,
CRESC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change. University of Manchester.

Conversation topics

In Uncategorized on July 12, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Nicoline van Harskamp (winner of the 2009 Prix de Rome) has been working with notions of speech, language and the power of utterance within public and more formally discursive spaces for some time. In May this year she staged a series entitled ‘The Power of Listening’ where she asked:

“What happens in our heads when we listen to public speakers? Do the things we hear add up to a collective field of knowledge? Does this field have substance? Does it have language? And can it be made instrumental in politics?” (text taken from Nicoline van Harskamp, 2009)

In an incredible twist, van Harskamp focused not only on the moment of information exchange or conversation but also in the restance, in the afterlife of what was or was not communicated in those moments. She asked 5 experts to respond to the questions above at what she calls a ‘public meeting’ in the Frascati Theatre and during the following weeks, interviewed the members of the audience who had heard them to see how much they had retained or rejected from those presentations. Their rememberances and impressions were the basis for a reconstruction of the event which was then scripted and staged as “The Power of Listening”, which the artist desrcibes as ‘a staged panel discussion with as many loops, misinterpretations and black holes as the brain and memory itself.’