Workshop. Emma Hedditch. November 7 – 11. 2011

All Lives Liveable

This week will focus on the different and intersecting concepts of culture, life, representation and practice, that are personal, political, private and public. The title and scope of the workshop tries to highlight inequality of experience and privilege for different subjects, whilst calling for methods with which to address and smash this inequality. Through reading historical texts we will remind ourselves or learn some tools for critical thinking, through and about subjectivity. It is important for discussion of these texts that we combine with our current practice, not before or after, but intertwined.

By practice I mean all activities of life, artistic and cultural practice does concern us, since we are here at the Art Academy. Together those joining the workshop will be asked  to respond to questions that arise from these texts directly during the course of the week. Each morning at 10am until 12pm we will review a different text as listed below. We will continue the discussion from 1pm, in combination with discussions about your current concerns and passions.

There will be screenings and visits outside of the Academy that further emphasise the possibilities for intersecting, thinking and acting on these concepts. Screenings are chosen as a way to emphasise critical visual material that is already in the public domain, and to encourage further research and exploration of similar material. The screenings are not indicative, or presenting a master narrative or canon of works that ‘explain’ certain concepts.

Please let Emma know if you intend to participate in the workshop and write a paragraph about your current work and key concerns + any links to materials online that are important or interesting to you right now and that indicate something about your work and life. This is essential for us to be able to integrate some of your specific interests into the discussions.

On Friday we will discuss how the texts intersect and how we each connect to our own practice. Distributed will be files of the texts, which may also available in Danish if you find these please circulate to the rest of the group, Emma will also look for these translations. Each day we will look at one of the texts, that are listed below, so please make a reading in preparation for these day and send a paragraph about your current work by October 31st.

Also from the 9th until 13th November there will be the Feminists In Space festival at Warehouse 9. Which Emma suggests attending together on the evening of the 9th, 10th and 11th.

The list of films will be circulated internally.

Monday

10am – 12pm

Introduction to the week

Review of the text

Culture Is Ordinary by Raymond Williams.

http://artsites.ucsc.edu/faculty/Gustafson/FILM%20162.W10/readings/Williams.Ordinary.pdf

1pm – 5pm

Tuesday 

10am – 12pm

Review of the text

Introduction to Orientalism by Edward Said

1pm – 5pm

Screening/viewing + further discussion.

Wednesday 

10am – 12pm

Review of the text

Chapter 1 Subjects of

Sex/Gender/Desire in Gender Trouble  by Judith Butler

1pm – 5pm

Screening/viewing + further discussion.

Thursday 

10am – 12pm

Review of the text

Society Must be Defended by Michel Foucault

1pm – 5pm

Screening/viewing + further discussion.

Friday

10am – 12pm 1pm – 5pm

Review of the week + presentations.

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