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field trip: The Hysterical Material

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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Television Man

Coming 16 July to an independent bookstore near you: Adam Kotsko discusses his latest work, Why We Love Sociopaths: A Guide to Late Capitalist Television. 57th Street Books, 6pm.

On another channel: our ongoing Lacan group reconvenes Thursday 19 July to explore Chapters 5-7 of Seminar 3: The Psychoses. InterCcECT Salon, Bucktown, 5pm. Contact us for details and PDF.
As always, consult our calendar for info on companion projects like the History of Capitalism reading group, the Levinas reading group, and Forgotten Chicago, and write to us to announce or propose events.

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Le Corbusier, Locke, Deleuze, Sociopaths

Join us for several upcoming events at which we’ll investigate the origins of aesthetic philosophy, the vicissitudes of vitalism, and negations of the social bond – perhaps even simultaneously!

InterCcECT presents:
10 May Viv Soni holds a works-in-progress session, “The Vanishing Place of Judgment between Empiricism and Aesthetics: The Case of Locke’s Essay” at the InterCcECT Salon, 5pm ( request the paper and details)
4 June Tom Eyers gives a talk, “Living Structures: Canguilhem, Deleuze, and the Problem of Life” 6pm, Gallery 400
16 July Adam Kotsko discusses his latest book Why We Love Sociopaths: A Guide to Late-Capitalist Television at 57th Street Books, 6pm

InterCcECT recommends: (a few selections from our calendar – which includes details)
19 April Anthony Vidler, “Modernist Montage: Film Culture from Eisenstein to Le Corbusier” at Northwestern
20 April Sunil Agnani “Hating Empire Properly: Adorno, CLR James, and the legacy of the Enlightenment” at UIC
24 April Plastic Crimewave at MCA
3-4 May Fred Moten poetry and poetics at U of C
11 May Graham Harman’s Guerilla Metaphysics book discussion

We welcome your event announcements, project proposals, reading group suggestions, and more: write us !

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Vocal Dialectics, and Convocation otherwise

A great announcement has just come across the desk, prompting an additional post this week.  For convocation purposes in general, InterCcECT will aspire to announce events or call for collaboration in a once-weekly post.  Please  send us your details or proposals with one week’s notice.

Vocal Dialectics: an evening of classical and improvised music

InterCcECT member Anita Chari, Collegiate Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago, invites the circle to attend an experimental concert of interest to people working on aesthetics, culture, and power.

Where:  Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Room 412
Who:  Anita Chari, Carol Genetti, and Saori Chiba
When: Wed. June 22, 7 pm
Tickets: $5 suggested donation at door
Note: Parking is difficult in this area, the FAB is best accessed by CTA
This concert is a collaboration between vocalists Carol Genetti and Anita Chari, exploring the relationship between distinct traditions of vocal music.  Chari is a mezzo-soprano trained in western classical singing and opera.  Genetti is an experienced singer and improviser who has studied a variety of techniques including Western singing, Hindustani classical voice and Bulgarian folk music. In the first half of the concert, Chari will sing classical arias and art songs.  In the second half, Genetti and Chari will present original compositions and collaborative improvisations.  Their collaboration in this concert explores questions about the role of the voice in composed versus improvised music, the mechanics of embodiment or dissociation of the voice, the source and significance of vocal affect, the subjectivity of classical singing versus that of improvised vocalization, images of the sovereignty and heteronomy of the voice, and the (im)possibility of lyricism in the age of vocal decomposition.
Verdi, Perduta ho la pace
Pietragrua, Tortorella
Fauré, Apres un Reve
Fauré, Automne
Wolf, Das verlassene Mägdlein
Schubert, Die junge nonne
Massenet, Va! Laisse couler mes larmes
Bizet, “Seguidilla”
Improvisations by Soundbeast
Untitled, Genetti
Cogito ergo, Chari

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