What unites the contemporary American multimedia artist Bruce Nauman with the nineteenth-century sculptor Auguste Rodin? Literary and aesthetic theorists Mieke Bal, Anita Chari, Ankhi Mukherjee, and Geof Oppenheimer argue in their work “The Hysterical Material” that these artists share a fascination with the body as an agent of speech, expression, and representation distinct from rational communication and intellection. How does the body talk? How does language speak us? How does discourse take the body as raw material? “The Hysterical Material” conjoins these questions posed by art to similar concerns in the phenomenon of hysteria charted by Sigmund Freud.
Join InterCcECT for a lunch hour field trip to the Smart Museum’s Nauman/Rodin exhibition (as always, free and open to the public) with conversation about the works and the catalogue, Friday 10 November, 12:30-1:30pm. Then keep the ideas going at that afternoon’s psychoanalytic theory workshop, What is Sex?
Also on our calendar:
Gwendolyn Brooks: A Centenary Celebration, 8 November
Critique in German Philosophy, 9-11 November
Avery Gordon book discussion: The Hawthorn Archive: Letters from the Utopian Margins, 30 November
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November discussions and workshops in Chicago from INTERCCECT.
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