Bodies in Dark Times – Corps en Temps Obscurs August 3

The world as we know it is ended. And yet there is still ground to walk on, and sun in the sky. And yet art must survive. We lead with our bodies, they are seismographs for our times. But how can our bodies survive the times we are living through? And how can they push us through, and past this heavy cloud? What do you do when the world has ended and yet you are still standing, breathing, ready to fight but not sure who and how? You have a party with art to get some inspiration. You create a suspended time to gather belief in the world. On August 3, 2017, the QUIMERAS collective will do just that. The collective is made up by Senselab participants Sophia Dacy-Cole, Mariana Marcassa and Celine Pereira. There will be a performance night party on Place Publique of Darling Foundry (745 Ottawa street). There will be a talented group of performers and DJs, who will lead you gently into the lap of despair and then guide you gently out again. They aim to create environments of exchange and celebration on the subjects of: politics, meaning, affects, aesthetics and ethics. Place Publique of Darling Foundry (745 Ottawa street), the time: from 5pm to 11pm Facebook link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1920840188159801/ Le monde tel que nous le connaissons touche à sa fin. Et pourtant, il y a toujours des territoires à découvrir, et le soleil brille encore dans le ciel. Au milieu de ce monde, l’art doit survivre. Nos corps nous mènent, ce sont des sismographes pour notre époque. Mais comment nos corps peuvent-ils survivre à...

Speaker Series: Nina Reggi July 21, 14h

This is an invitation for a Speaker series, FRIDAY, July 21st, at the SenseLab, starting at 2pm, as part of the speaker’s series with Nina Reggi. Nina Reggi is a Cultural Anthropologist and PH.D. candidate at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, in the Faculty of Cultural Studies/Institut of European Ethnology. She has been a visiting researcher at Concordia’s Simone de Beauvoir Institute since January 2017. Her dissertation is funded by the Hans-Boeckler-Foundation.  The talk is an introduction to her work and an open question towards a possible crossing roads. In her research she uses a feminist perspective to examine recent political strategies of the ministry of family in Germany focused on labour and carework balance and how the ministry regulates the relation between labour and care. After hearing about the SenseLab’s unique approach, she would like to invite us to think with her an entry point into the SenseLab activities, co-create an inflexion towards a different manner of knowledge production. As always, Skypers are more than...

Principle of Unrest By Brian Massumi: Book Release

Brian Massumi’s new book is out… and free in the PDF format. Enjoy! —————— Le nouveau livre de Brian Massumi est sorti… et gratuit au format PDF. Bonne lecture!   Download PDF    Buy Paperback     http://www.openhumanitiespress.org/books/titles/the-principle-of-unrest/  There is no such thing as rest. The world is always on the move. It is made of movement. We find ourselves always in the midst of it, in transformations under way. The basic category for understanding is activity – and only derivatively subject, object, rule, order. What is called for is an ‘activist’ philosophy based on these premises. The Principle of Unrestexplores the contemporary implications of an activist philosophy, pivoting on the issue of movement. Movement is understood not simply in spatial terms but as qualitative transformation: becoming, emergence, event. Neoliberal capitalism’s special relation to movement is of central concern. Its powers of mobilization now descend to the emergent level of just-forming potential. This carries them beyond power-over to powers-to-bring-to-be, or what the book terms ‘ontopower’. It is necessary to track capitalist power throughout its expanding field of emergence in order to understand how counter-powers can resist its capture and rival it on its own immanent ground. At the emergent level, at the eventful first flush of their arising, counter-powers are always collective. This even applies to movements of thought. Thought in the making is collective expression. How can we think this transindividuality of thought? What practices can address it? How, politically, can we understand the concept of the event to emergently include events of thought? Only by attuning to the creative unrest always agitating at the infra-individual level, in direct connection...

Speaker Series: Mariana Marcassa with Sophia Dacy-Cole, and Celine Pereira, June 9th 2pm

Please join us for a Speaker series on ongoing performances which need some feedback. 2pm: Mariana Marcassa and Sophia Dacy-Cole will present “Chest Pressure Spell”. They will perform a spell; an exorcism of sorts; a way to turn pain back towards the movement it came from. Mariana and Sophia met at Montreal’s SenseLab, where Mariana is pursuing a post-doctorate in Arts and Sophia is an artist-in-residence. Mariana has a background in both performance art and clinical psychology. One of the main discussions she is now exploring in her solo career is the role of the voice in the production of language breakdowns, and, starting from these aphasic micro-fissures, the freeing of the ‘Suonare la Voce’ (as Demetrio Stratos would say) in its sound-potency of expression. Sophia is a performance-oriented sculptor. Her critical writing on the role of fine art in the political sphere forms a parallel practice to her studio work. Her main research and life interest is the affects and techniques of protest movements. Relation is a core value in her approach to everything. The two are united by their interest in the way that the human body stores and transmits affective resonances. And the ways that the body, heavy with affects, constitutes the political. Mariana comes alive in sound and vibration, Sophia in touch and texture. They work at the intersection of sound, sculptural materials, and the always-becoming human body, trying, failing and sometimes succeeding to ask “what can a body do?” 3:30pm: Celine Pereira will present “Playing the Line”, a participatory performance where the audience will be invited to experiment and feel the power and the inside-outside...

Nocturnal Fabulations Book Launch, May 18th, 18h · Cinémathèque québécoise

Join us tomorrow for the book launch of a fantastic bilingual book on Apichatpong’s cinema, thanks to Erik Bordeleau, Toni Pape, Ronald Rose-Antoinette & Adam Szymanski,————Venez fêter avec nous la parution d’un livre bilingue fantastique sur le cinema d’Apitchapung. Merci aux auteurs: Erik Bordeleau, Toni Pape, Ronald Rose-Antoinette & Adam Szymanski. (English below)Venez célébrer avec nous la parution de “Fabulations nocturnes: écologie, vitalté et opacité dans le cinéma d’apichatpong Weerasethakul”! Avec des essais (bilingues) de Ronald-Rose Antoinette, Érik Bordeleau, Toni Pape et Adam Szymanski, et une introduction d’Erin Manning. Fabulations nocturnes est un essai d’intercession. Il est animé d’un intérêt commun pour la pragmatique de la fabulation et son geste spéculatif générateur d’un peuple à venir. Les concepts d’écologie, de vitalité et d’opacité ont surgi de la rencontre avec le dramscape d’Apichatpong pour venir articuler un ethos de fabulation qui décadre l’expérience, recompose la subjectivité et défixe le temps.Des copies du livre seront disponibles au prix de 15$ (au lieu de 20$) Le livre est aussi disponible en téléchargement à l’adresse suivante: http://www.openhumanitiespress.org/books/titles/fabulations-nocturnes/ *** Please come celebrate with us the publication of “Nocturnal Fabulations: Ecology, vitality and opacity in the cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul”! Featuring essays in both french and english) by Ronald-Rose Antoinette, Érik Bordeleau, Toni Pape and Adam Szymanski, and an introduction by Erin Manning. Nocturnal Fabulations is an essay in intercessing. It is animated by a shared curiosity in the pragmatics of fabulation and its speculative gesture of bringing forth a people to come. In an encounter with Apichatpong’s cinematic dreamscape, the concepts of ecology, vitality and opacity emerge to articulate an ethos of fabulation that deframes experience, recomposes subjectivity and unfixes...

Speaker Series with Khadija Baker, April 21 14h

Dear everyone, Please join us for our next Speaker Series with Khadija Baker who will be presenting her last work: “Blue Beard Today’s Tale” a short movie which has been selected at the last RDV du Cinema Québecois. The Speaker series will be at the SenseLab: E.V. building (1515 Sainte-Catherine West), room 10-785. Synopsis: FR – S’inspirant de Barbe Bleue et intégrant la performance d’une mère et de son enfant, ce film est une réflexion poétique sur le comportement des dictateurs envers leur nation lorsqu’ils se font rejeter. EN- A poetic reflection on the behaviour of dictators toward their nation upon being rejected. Inspired by Bluebeard and featuring the performance of a mother and child. 2pm: Khadija Baker The experimental poetic video art/film is a deep reflection on the Syrian war that took place since 2011. When the revolution took place, the last one within the Arab up rising, it started with peaceful protesters; the respond was extremely violent from the regime part and people were killed on street, or after being arrested. The work is 17m,49s and supported by Oboro and CAC. After the screening, a discussion with Khadija will follow. Khadija Baker is a Montreal-based, multi-disciplinary artist of Kurdish-Syrian descent. Her installations investigate social and political themes centered on the uncertainty of home as it relates to persecution, identity, displacement, and memory. As a witness to traumatic events, unsettled feelings of home are a part of her experience. Her multi-disciplinary installations (textile, sculpture, audio/video) involve participative storytelling and performance to create active spaces of empathy and greater understanding. Her most recent work explores the social aspects of...

ICO – A Ritual to Reopen the Field of the Possible – 5th-7th of March, NYC

Exploration of alternative financial tools – toward building the 3 Ecologies Institute. Between the 5th-7th of March, the Volatility Working Group, the Senselab and the Economic Space Agency (ECSA) were invited by the Graduate Program in Media Studies at Pratt Institute (NYC) to meet through a series of open conversations on the current conditions and possible futures of financialization. This will be a collective exploration of how we can re-imagine the financial tools and technologies that can open up a speculative space of potential for an...

Speaker Series with David Lee Carlson and Monica Monin, Mar 10 14h

lease join us Friday March 10 at 2pm for a Speaker Series with David Lee Carlson and Monica Monin.The Speaker Series will be held at the SenseLab, E.V. building (1515 Sainte-Catherine west), room 10-785.2pm: DAVID LEE CARLSONBio:David Lee Carlson is currently an associate professor at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University (Tempe). He currently does research in the areas of Queer Studies in Education, Qualitative Inquiry, and Methods of Teaching English. His is the co-author of the book, Composing a Care of the Self: A Critical History of Writing Assessment in Secondary English Education (Sense Publishers). Work resume:The purpose of my project is to explore Michel Foucault’s notion of gay ascesis as friendship, and to link it to specific threads in the fields of Queer Studies in Education and Foucauldian studies. Ascesis is a term Foucault uses in his 1981 interview with the French magazine, Le Gai Pied entitled, Friendship as a way of life, to describe “the work that one (homosexual) performs on oneself in order to transform oneself or make the self appear which, happily, one never attains” (Foucault, 1997, p. 137). I am interested in exploring the pedagogies of friendship in relation to Michel Foucault’s ideas of friendship as a way of life as gay ascesis. As such, I am interested in looking at how bodies and pleasure play a part in constituting friendships as a way of life as well as how teaching and learning foster those relationships. The project explores how friendship as a gay ascesis through bodies and pleasures engenders an ethical care of the self that produces ecstatic thinking...

Adventure Capital reading group – starting Feb 2, 4pm @SenseLab

Hi everyone, we have the beautiful opportunity of some undergraduate students joining us for an internship around Adventure Capital. To those ends, we are organizing a little 4-week reading group. We would love you to come as well – some of the texts will be familiar, but as Brian and I will be away it would be great to have your input for their re-reading! The reading group will take place at SenseLab, dates to be negotiated below! It will start this week. The Skype for the reading group will be: https://join.skype.com/EHroMdbozn6j Readings: 1. Brian Massumi, “Ideology and Escape,” from Politics of Affect pp 83-111 [this text will introduce the concept of affect and orient politics toward a Foucauldian reading of power, introducing them to the concept of value as we’ve been approaching it] 2. Brian Massumi, “Capital Moves,” from The Principle of Unrest pp. 1-57 [this text will orient toward the question of the collective, with specific references to Adventure Capital and the work SenseLab is doing] 3. Elie Ayache, “In the Middle of the Event,” from The Medium of Contingency pp. 19-35 [Ayache is a trader who has turned to philosophy. His perspectives on the market, especially in the context of the concepts of time and the event, are very interesting] 4. Erin Manning, “What Things Do When They Shape  Each Other – The Way of the Anarchive” (forthcoming) pp. 1-20. Adventure Capital will be constructed as an anarchive, a concept SenseLab has been developing to articulate the anarchic share that builds on but departs from the archive. This text will consolidate the concept of the anarchive in relation to Whitehead’s concept of value....

Speaker Series with Peter Kulchyski, Jan 30 14h

Monday, January 30 at 2pm Peter Kulchyski, author of Aboriginal Rights are Not Human Rights: In Defence of Indigenous Struggles will be sharing his work at SenseLab in an informal setting. All are welcome! Aboriginal rights belong in a different category than universal human rights because they are grounded in the particular practices of aboriginal people. So argues Peter Kulchyski in this provocative book from the front lines of indigenous people’s struggles to defend their culture from the ongoing conquest of their traditional lands. Kulchyski shows that some differences are more different than others, and he draws a border between bush culture and mall culture, between indigenous people’s mode of production and the totalizing push of state-led capitalism.  Aboriginal Rights Are Not Human Rights provides much needed conceptual and historical analysis of aboriginal and treaty rights in Canada, and offers concrete suggestions to transform the current policy paradigm into one that supports and invigorates indigenous cultures in a contemporary context. E.V. building, Room 10.785. Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University, 1515 Sainte-Catherine St....

Speaker series: Ester Fritsch and Rebecca Fisher (Dec 9th, 2.30pm)

Please join us for a Speaker Series with Kristen Petersen, resident from Hampshire College, on August 30 at 2pm. This Speaker Series will be held at the SenseLab, room 10-785, E.V. building (1515 Sainte-Catherine west). Ester Fristch will be presenting “The Ethics of Energy: On Cultivating Plants and Affective Attachments” This talk engages with questions about energy and ethics based on an anthropological study of the cultivation of plants in the Federation of Damanhur, Northern Italy. Through different experiments with growing plants Damanhurians cultivate not only plants, but affective attachments to the world fostering ethical sensibilities and commitments beyond the human. I reflect upon and open a discussion about how their engagement speak to us in a time marked by an imminent ecological crisis and invites for an alter-political rethinking of energy and ethics as well as the relation between the two. This presentation engages with how Damanhurians living in the community Damanhur in Northern Italy cultivate and exchange plants, energy and ethics with people and farmers in the surrounding country of Piemonte. It is based on an anthropological fieldwork carried out in the spring 2014 where I settled down among Damanhurians and participated in their cultivation of plants for five months. Damanhurians describe Damanhur as a laboratory and I dive into how they experiment with growing plants without pesticides and GMO. Plants, which Damanhurians explain are not only organic, but something more; plants that have more energy than other organically grown plants. My curiosity is directed towards how the energetic surplus of the plants, as I call it, comes into being. According to Damanhurians it hinges upon the...

The Savage Thought Reading Group

The Savage Thought reading group studies the thinking through of indigenous tribes in Brazil. Central is the work of Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, who develops what he calls perspectivism — “when everything is human, what is a human?” — as a conceptual way of thinking differently about human-nature relation. Next to this we read other important text from Brazilian thinkers that in some way supplement de Castro’s work. At the reading group we address concerns such as “the decolonization of thought“, how the concept of predation allows us new perspectives on our current globalized and economized world, what the practice of the shaman does and what forces are set into motion that creates a potential for living differently. The dates for this alter-reading group are: 14th of October, 7th and 19th of November, 17th of December and 23rd of January at the Senselab. Everyone is...

Reading Group Schedule for Fall 2016

The reading group will take place on the following Fridays at 5pm EST. We will be reading  Whitehead’s Process & Reality.  Friday September 9 pp. 184-197 Friday September 30 pp. 197-207 Friday October 21 pp. 208-215 Friday November 18 pp. 219-229 Friday November 25 pp. 229-243 To Skype in add: erintango The readings are under files on the basecamp hub. It is organized by date. If you’ve never read Whitehead, the first 30 pages of Process and Reality are a must (or you will be totally lost!). But expect to be lost anyway! Whitehead is a wonderful collective...

Movement Exploration (Aug 19, 2pm)

Please join us for an exploration, inspired by Brian’s book, “What Animals Teach Us About Politics”. We will play with the curious place between ‘what is’ and ‘what could be’ through practices of attuning to their differential – a topology of experiences trespassing body-environments. We will meet in the video projection room next to the Senselab on this Friday (the19th) at 2pm. No need for experience in movement practices, just o p e n hands...

Book Launch: Minor Gesture by Erin Manning (Aug 11, 4pm)

BOOK LAUNCH: Minor Gesture by Erin Manning Aug 11, 4pm Please join us to celebrate both The Minor Gesture and our new book series at Duke, Thought in the Act!  Where: Parc St. Viateur – between Querbes and Bloomfield, behind Les 5 saisons on Bernard – Outremont [the parc has a covered section – we will be there if it...

Speaker Series: Kristen Petersen (Aug 30, 2pm)

Please join us for a Speaker Series with Kristen Petersen, resident from Hampshire College, on August 30 at 2pm. This Speaker Series will be held at the SenseLab, room 10-785, E.V. building (1515 Sainte-Catherine west).Below is the invitation from Kristen:Working in the same vein as the alter-economies retreat, please join me in an activity where we speculate on prototypes for technological ensembles that are dedicated to novel ways of sensing. I’ll present some research I’ve been doing for the past month, while in residency on some philosophically-grounded concepts that can be utilized in technology development (like abstract space, molecular changes via events, focusing on intensive movement). There will be a nice mixture of diagramming / light choreography /...

Inflexions 9 Launch @Kabane77 (July 18, 5pm)

Inflexions 9: F(r)ictions LAUNCH at Kabane77 Curation and Editing by Hubert Gendron-Blais, Diego Gil, Joel E. Mason Design by Leslie Plumb * please view on a computer, to experience the interactive version of this issue. A simplified version has be created for mobile devices. More than a year in the making, you are invited today at 5pm to the Launch of Inflexions issue #9 “F(r)ictions” at KABANE77. Food, live music, conversation, celebration. Edited by Hubert Gendron-Blais, myself, and Diego Nicolás Gil Web design by Leslie Plumb. View the issue here: http://inflexions.org/ There’s so much incredible work in here to discover, work that is co-composing with the design of the site, the call of the issue, our many present social emergencies, and the other contributions. Contributions from Jayanthi Kyle (from Black Audience), Althea Baird, Marie Alarcon, Adriana Disman, Judith Leemann, Dana Michel, Joseph Steele, McKersin Previlus, Tyh Cespedes, Joe Goring, Paz Rojo, Rodrigo Sobarzo, Quelques parts, Matthew-Robin Nye, Ronald Rose-Antoinette, and Grant Corbishley. 77 Bernard st., mile end. Drop by and say hi! Share the link! These works really deserve many eyes, ears, skins, mouths. Inflexions is a journal for research-creation and is published...

Reading Group (July 8, 5pm)

The next reading group will happen this coming Friday, July 8 at 5pm. As it was difficult to maintain a Skype connection at Urban Futures, the reading group will move back to the SenseLab in the E.V. building (1515 rue Sainte-Catherine west), room 10.785.Let us know if you want to Skype in. We’ll continue with Nietzsche and his LateNotebook (Notebook 41, August – September...

Reading Group @ SenseLab (June 3, 5pm)

The next reading group which will happen this coming Friday, June 3rd at 5pm. As it was difficult to maintain a Skype connection at Urban Futures, the reading group will move back to the SenseLab in the E.V. building (1515 rue Sainte-Catherine west), room 10.785.Let us know if you want to Skype in. We’ll continue with Nietzsche and his LateNotebook (NoteBook 39 – June-Juliy...

Curators Talk: Emelie Chhangur – Objects on the Move (May 20, 3pm)

Emelie Chhangur is an artist, curator, and award-winning writer based in Toronto. She is known for her process-based, participatory curatorial practice and the creation of long-term collaborative projects performatively staged within and outside the gallery context. Chhangur has developed an experimental approach to curatorial writing with an interest in how texts perform to create unique interpretative experiences. Over the past decade, she has been committed to finding inventive ways to enact activisms from within an institutional framework, questioning the nature and social function of the contemporary art gallery through embedded criticality and new methods of gallery “in-reach.” She currently holds the position of Assistant Director/Curator at the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), Toronto and is the founder of the AGYU’s residency program. Chhangur makes single channel videos, installations, and performances that are shown nationally and...

Reading Group @ Urban Futures (May 13, 5pm)

The next reading group will take place at Urban Futures, a new Concordia campus-like initiative in Mile End. The address is 5605 de Gaspé, room 106 (behind the cafe Falco). It’s almost at Bernard.We’ll continue with the reading of Nietzsche’s “Late Notebooks”. Please, let us know if you want us to send you the text. Skypers let us know if you want to participate – add erintango. And: PLEASE UPDATE YOUR SKYPE otherwise it doesn’t work to add you to a group...

Reading Group (April 22, 4pm) – Urban Futures

The next reading group will take place at Urban Futures, a new Concordia campus-like initiative in Mile End. The address is 5605 de Gaspé, room 106 (behind the cafe Falco). It’s almost at Bernard. We’ll continue with the reading of Nietzsche’s “Late Notebooks”. Please, let us know if you want us to send you the text. Skypers let us know if you want to participate – add erintango. And: PLEASE UPDATE YOUR SKYPE otherwise it doesn’t work to add you to a group...

Reading Group: April 1, 4pm

Nietzsche, Selections from the Late Notebooks on affect and consciousness. Reading group: April 1, 4pm. Nietzsche – Late Notebooks –...

Reading Group: March 11, 4pm

The next reading group will this coming Friday (March 11, 2016) at 4pm at the SenseLab (E.V. building, room 10-785).We’re going to discuss Ralph Savarese’s piece published in Inflexions on Autism. This is to prepare the Neurodiversity event that will occur between mid-March. You can find the text here : http://www.inflexions.org/n5_t_Savarese.pdfPlease let us know if you wanna Skype...

Reading Group: Feb 12, 4pm

Hi everyone,The next reading group is this Friday at 4pm with the reading of Peirce text’s: “Pragmatism as a Principle and Method of Right Thinking”.It would be the last reading group on Peirce’s philosophy, then we’ll slowly morph into Nietzsche (Last Notebooks) and Tarde. Let us know if you want to Skype in or if you need the text. The SenseLab is in the E.V. building (1515 Sainte-catherine west), room E.V....

Reading Group (Jan 15, 4pm)

We are planning the winter session of the reading group, which will start with Peirce, but then slowly morph into Nietzsche (Last Notebooks) and Tarde. Reading for our first meeting: “Guess at the Riddle” from the Essential Pierce, Ch. 19.The SenseLab is in the E.V. building (1515 Sainte-catherine west), room E.V. 10-785.The reading group will be held Fridays this term (Jan-April) at 4pm every 3 weeks–note that there are 4 weeks between the 1st and the 2nd. Skypers are welcome as always.Dates are:Jan 15Feb 12March 4March 25April...

Reading Group (Jan 8, 4pm)

We will be reading the first half of chapter 2 of Nietzsche and Philosophy (Deleuze), as well as 5 more pages (or so) of Zarathustra beginning on Zarathustra’s Speeches – On the three metamorphoses. We will be meeting at the Senselab: Concordia University, EV building, 10th floor, room 785.—-Nous discuterons la première moitié du chapitre 2 du livre “Nietzsche et la Philosophie” de Deleuze ainsi que les 5 pages (environ) de “Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra” débutant au discours de Zarathoustra- les trois métamorphoses. Le groupe de lecture aura lieu au SenseLab à l’Université de Concordia, dans l’immeuble E.V., 10è étage, local...

Reading Group (Aug 10, 4pm)

Our last meeting in FB 635. Skypers more than welcome! We’re reading “The Doctrine of Necessity Examined” from the Essential Pierce book. ***Dernier groupe de lecture dans les locaux du Faubourg. Participation par Skype possible. Nous lisons le chapitre “The Doctrine of Necessity Examined” tiré du livre The Essential...

Inflexions No. 8: Radical Pedagogies Launched!

Inflexions No. 8: Radical PedagogyEdited by Gerko Egert, Ilona Hongisto, Michael Hornblow, Katve-Kaisa Kontturi, Mayra Morales, Ronald Rose-Antoinette, Adam Szymanski Art Direction and Web Design by Leslie...

Reading Group (May 28, 5pm)

Our next reading group is happening at 5pm Thursday May 28 at SenseLab FB 630. We are reading pp. 33-60 of Leanne Simpson’s Islands of Decolonial Love as well as Deleuze’s Desert...

Speaker Series (May 22, 2-5pm)

Please join us Friday afternoon for a Speaker series with Jacob Wren and Nicole de Brabandere. ————————–—–1-At 2pm: Jacob Wren, writer/performer.Starting from his most recent book Polyamorous Love Song, Jacob Wren will speak about some, all, or none of the following: art, politics, ethics, failure, joy, history, praxis, eccentricity, loneliness, paradox, being vulnerable, being stubborn, how life changes over time, tedium, confusion, lists, etc. There will be plenty of time for questions. Some short quotes… Benjamin Kunkel: “The neurotic has the feeling that he wants something, can’t say what it is, and is nevertheless is frustrated not to get it.” Inger Christensen: “The resistance of being to purity.” James Guida: “Awkwardness is collaborative.” Jennifer Doyle: “The artists I work with turn to emotion because this is where ideology does its most devastating work.” John Coltrane: “I start in the middle of a sentence and move both directions at once.” Samuel R. Delany: “It is not that I have no past. Rather, it continually fragments on the terrible and vivid ephemera of now.” Jericho Brown: “Poets whose work supports the status quo often fail to acknowledge that their poems are just as political as poets whose work questions it.” ————————–——————- 2-At 3:30pm: Nicole De Brabandere, artist and resident at the SenseLab. “Rendering Intensity: tracing choreo-morphic operations across drawing, choreography, affect and embodiment” This talk/workshop will engage line rendering operations as choreo-morphic mappings that traverse the affective, technical, spatial, durational and qualitative dynamics of drawing and choreography. If the morphological body emerges at the limits of affective and material convergence, how does it coincide with the material, medial and technical specificity of...

An exerpt from “Archiving the City” (April 8, 4pm)

In conversation with New York artist and researcher Adeola Enigbokan. An exerpt from “Archiving the City”: “When my friends in New York ask me how I am doing in Moscow, through grainy Skype windows, I answer: I feel like a unicorn, a black unicorn, a mythical creature, every time I leave the house. I must move slowly and carefully, and learn not to balk when the people reach out to touch my hair. Walking in Moscow feels more like an artistic performance, than simple urban locomotion. I am aware of being onstage, of the arresting nature of some character, created by the city around me, and projected on to my physical being. This projection is strong, alive and has absolutely nothing to do with me, and yet it hovers around me like a force field, defining the parameters of my experience of the city. ” Hope to see many of...

Movements of Thought (April 1, 12:30 – 2pm) – Usine C

L’art de l’imposture – Acte 3 : (Dé)personnaliser la confianceThe Art of Imposturing – Act 3 : (De)personnalizing trust“Un entraînement corporatif pour le monde incorporel”Activateurs de l’atelier: Sarah Manya, Erik Bordeleau Mouvements de la Pensée est une exploration dans l’expérience vécue de la pensée comme jeu mobile qui traverse les disciplines. Qu’est-ce qu’un mouvement de la pensée ? Comment peut-il ouvrir le corps à des modes d’abstraction vécue, humains et plus-qu’humains, à des corps-images, des entités matérielles, des compositions affectives ? Quelles techniques peut-on tirer de diverses pratiques du mouvement physique, et comment peuvent-elles être agencées en dialogue avec des chercheurs et des artistes d’autres domaines? Travaillant étroitement avec la série Nœuds de la Pensée, cet agencement du penser-bouger ensemble invite les participants à contribuer à la création d’une écologie des pratiques secouée par les mouvements de la pensée. ///// “A corporate training for the incorporeal world” Activators: Sarah Manya, Erik Bordeleau Movements of Thought considers ways of moving and thinking through embodied experience, and of thought itself as a mobile interplay across disciplines. What is a moving thought? How may it open bodies to modes of lived abstraction, becoming more-or-less human, comprising images, material entities, and affective compositions? What techniques may be drawn from diverse practices in physical movement, and how may these be assembled in discussion with scholars and practitioners from other fields? Working alongside Knots of Thought, this assembly of thinking-together invites participants to consider what may be at stake for performing an ecology of practices in the movements of...

International Metabody Forum – IMF 2015 (April 11 – 15)

EN | FR Concordia University – Senselab – Hexagram – Urban spaces http://metabody.eu Metabody is a European project that attempts to redefine the body in Media in less reductionist ways than is usual in current information technologies, thus counteracting technology’s increasing tendency to dampen differences by reducing bodies and movements to prescribed forms in current surveillance culture. Metabody proposes a reversal of cybernetics that highlights the indeterminacy of embodied expressions as a key factor for a sustainable society.  This foregrounds the need for a new ethics, which we may call metamedia and biomedia ethics.   11th-15th April at Hexagram – Black Box 1515 Sainte Catherine Street West EV OS3-845/855 11th April 19’00-22’00?? 12th April 19’00-22’00 13th April 19’00-22’00 14th April 16’00-19’00 15th April 19’00-22’00 http://hexagram.concordia.ca/contact   Amorphogenesis Antiplatonic Cave – Zarathustrian Cave / Anaximandrian Cave http://metabody.eu/amorphogenesis/   Amorphogenesis is an instrument and installation for digital interactive/intra-active architecture in which the movement of bodies transforms amorphous digital meshes in neverending emergence. Amorphogensis is also a philosophical concept by Jaime del Val that points to an account of movement as not subjected to form nor poiting to it. The ongoing emergence of the amorphous is thus a new perceptual condition. The spaces generated in Amorphogenesis are not cartesian spaces that one can navigate, they are not a res extensa. They are intensive spaces hat emerge with the movement. The architectures are part of an expanded metabody of the intra-acting body. The subject interacting is not in control of the meshes, no manual correlation is established. There is no representation of known spaces. Rather, there is a process of decentralized co-constitution in...

Speaker Series: Juan Pablo Anaya and Laura Ilea

Please join us this Friday afternoon at 2pm to know more about the work of Juan Pablo Anaya and Laura Ilea. ————————–—-Juan Pablo Anaya, resident at the SenseLab. He’s a philosopher from Mexico. His presentation “Humor and masochism” will start at 2 pm.“My general aim in this talk is to trace the importance of masochistic humor in the philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari and to discuss the potentiality of this kind of humor in artistic practices. For Deleuze, the relationship between humor and masochism was built up in the literature of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. In the latter’s novel Venus in furs the scrupulous application of the moral law and its punishments does not inhibit the desire of the masochist hero. Instead, the punishment serves only to demonstrate the absurdity of the law while triggering the desire that the law was supposed to forbid and conjure. This form of masochistic humor is also present in Kafka’s “Letter to his father”, a work commented by both Deleuze and Guattari. In their view, his zealous embracing of the Oedipus complex allows Kafka to comically expand its consequences and demonstrate its absurdity, revealing the historical materiality that the complex was supposed to conjure and synthesize. Following this relation, the problem I want to discuss in this talk is twofold. Firstly, how are we supposed to understand what Deleuze and Guattari call the humorous thought that constitutes the literature of Masoch and Kafka? Secondly, what is the relevance of a masochistic humor for artistic creation?” ————————–——- -Laura Ilea, post-doc at the SenseLab. She’s a writer from Romania. Her presentation “The Seduction of Barbarism. About...

Movements of Thought (Mar 11, 12:30-2:30pm) – Usine C

L’art de l’imposture – Acte 2 : A qui de droit / The Art of Imposturing – Act 2 : To whom it may concerns Ce mercredi, joignez-vous à Mouvements de la Pensée pour le deuxième acte portant sur l’Art de l’imposture. Activateurs: Laura Ilea, Anique VeredMouvements de la Pensée est une exploration dans l’expérience vécue de la pensée comme jeu mobile qui traverse les disciplines. Qu’est-ce qu’un mouvement de la pensée ? Comment peut-il ouvrir le corps à des modes d’abstraction vécue, humains et plus-qu’humains, à des corps-images, des entités matérielles, des compositions affectives ? Quelles techniques peut-on tirer de diverses pratiques du mouvement physique, et comment peuvent-elles être agencées en dialogue avec des chercheurs et des artistes d’autres domaines? Travaillant étroitement avec la série Nœuds de la Pensée, cet agencement du penser-bouger ensemble invite les participants à contribuer à la création d’une écologie des pratiques secouée par les mouvements de la pensée. ///// This coming Wednesday, join us for Movements of Though dealing with the Art of Imposturing and the second act : To whom it may concern. Activators: Laura Ilea, Anique Vered Movements of Thought considers ways of moving and thinking through embodied experience, and of thought itself as a mobile interplay across disciplines. What is a moving thought? How may it open bodies to modes of lived abstraction, becoming more-or-less human, comprising images, material entities, and affective compositions? What techniques may be drawn from diverse practices in physical movement, and how may these be assembled in discussion with scholars and practitioners from other fields? Working alongside Knots of Thought, this assembly of thinking-together invites participants to consider what...

Movements of Thought (Mar 11, 12:30 – 2:30pm) – Usine C

L’art de l’imposture – Acte 2 : A qui de droit / The Art of Imposturing – Act 2 : To whom it may concerns Ce mercredi, joignez-vous à Mouvements de la Pensée pour le deuxième acte portant sur l’Art de l’imposture. Activateurs: Laura Ilea, Anique VeredMouvements de la Pensée est une exploration dans l’expérience vécue de la pensée comme jeu mobile qui traverse les disciplines. Qu’est-ce qu’un mouvement de la pensée ? Comment peut-il ouvrir le corps à des modes d’abstraction vécue, humains et plus-qu’humains, à des corps-images, des entités matérielles, des compositions affectives ? Quelles techniques peut-on tirer de diverses pratiques du mouvement physique, et comment peuvent-elles être agencées en dialogue avec des chercheurs et des artistes d’autres domaines? Travaillant étroitement avec la série Nœuds de la Pensée, cet agencement du penser-bouger ensemble invite les participants à contribuer à la création d’une écologie des pratiques secouée par les mouvements de la pensée. ///// This coming Wednesday, join us for Movements of Though dealing with the Art of Imposturing and the second act : To whom it may concern. Activators: Laura Ilea, Anique Vered Movements of Thought considers ways of moving and thinking through embodied experience, and of thought itself as a mobile interplay across disciplines. What is a moving thought? How may it open bodies to modes of lived abstraction, becoming more-or-less human, comprising images, material entities, and affective compositions? What techniques may be drawn from diverse practices in physical movement, and how may these be assembled in discussion with scholars and practitioners from other fields? Working alongside Knots of Thought, this assembly of thinking-together invites participants to consider what...

Reading Group (Mar 5, 6pm)

This coming Thursday (March 5th), we’ll continue with the reading of Leanne Simpson’s Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back. Please read chapters 3&4. If you would like to be Skype in, please let us know.————————–————————–———————–Ce jeudi, le 5 mars, nous continuerons la lecture du livre de Leanne Simpson intitulé : “Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back”. Svp, lire les chapitres 3 et 4.Si vous souhaitez assister au groupe de lecture via Skype, laissez-le nous...

Knots of Thought (Mar 4, 12:30 – 2:30pm) – Usine C

En collaboration avec l’Usine C, le Senselab reprend cet hiver sa série d’activités OUVERTE AU PUBLIC et GRATUITE : Mouvements de la Pensée et Nœuds de la Pensée. Mercredi le 4 mars 2015 à midi et demi au Plancher de l’Usine C (1345 av. Lalonde – métro Beaudry), le SenseLab activera les Nœuds de la Pensée 1.Les Noeuds de la pensée est une rencontre collaborative entre participants de différentes disciplines visant à mettre au jour des potentiels à explorer en regard de questions irrésolues, de blocages ou d’obsessions liées à des pratiques théorico-esthétiques. À chaque séance, un invité présente son “noeud de pensée”, une pensée/pratique productive et encore à résoudre – qui fonctionne comme un détonateurpour les participants afin d’enclencher un processus de dénouage collectif par le biais de pratiques de mouvement de toute sorte (verbale, physique, imaginaire). L’atelier espère déclencher une mise en commun au sein d’un mouvement chorégraphique autonome et spontané qui performe une intensification ouverte du noeud. Les questions sur lesquelles reposent les ateliers sont: qu’est-ce qu’un noeud de la pensée? Comment travaille-t-on à partir d’eux, comment les tranche-t-on afin d’ouvrir de nouvelles idées depuis leur densité vers de nouvelles intensités? En perméabilité avec Mouvements de la pensée, cette série d’ateliers invite les participants à explorer l’étrange performativité des noeuds de la pensée. Aussi, l’activateur des Nœuds de la Pensée sera Elliott Rajnovic. ————————–————————–————————– In collaboration with Usine C, the Senselab is pleased to restart this winter its serie of activities OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and FREE : Movements of Thought and Knots of Thought. Wednesday 4th March 2015 at half past noon at Usine C (1345...

Nœuds de la Pensée -Knots of Thought (Feb 26, 12:30pm)

En collaboration avec l’Usine C, le Senselab lance une série d’activités OUVERTE AU PUBLIC et GRATUITE : Mouvements de la Pensée et Nœuds de la Pensée. Mercredi le 26 février, Le SenseLab activera les Nœuds de la Pensée.Nœuds de la Pensée est un mode de faire-œuvre transdisciplinaire qui nous pousse à rendre perceptible les captures, les blocages, aussi bien les intercessions que les interruptions de nos projets académiques et artistiques. L’invitation est de partager ces nœuds non pas nécessairement pour les dénouer, mais afin d’expérimenter collectivement les manières à travers lesquelles un nœud donne texture à un projet. Comment une capture devient-elle une ouverture ? Peut-on dire de toute pensée qu’elle émerge des nœuds ? Qu’est-ce qu’un nœud de la pensée? Quelles stratégies mobilisons-nous pour serrer ou démêler ceux-ci ? Comment travaillons-nous avec eux, comment les traversons-nous, et comment développons-nous de nouvelles idées à partir de leurs densités/intensités ? En continuité avec Mouvements de la pensée, cette série invite les participants à explorer l’étrange performance des nœuds de la pensée. Les activateurs des Nœuds de la Pensée seront : Csenge Kolozsvari Richard K. Sherwin Ronald Rose Antoinette. Venez explorer avec nous les Nœuds de la Pensée, mercredi le 26 février à partir de midi et demi au Plancher de l’Usine C (1345 av. Lalonde – métro Beaudry), niveau mezzanine. ————————–————————–————————–——————- In collaboration with Usine C, the Senselab is pleased to announce a serie of activities OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and FREE : Movements of Thought and Knots of Thought. Wednesday 26th February, the SenseLab will lauch Knots of Thought. Knots of Thought is a mode of working-thinking between disciplines that...

Reading Group: March 5, 6pm

We will reading chapters 2 & 3  of Leanne Simpson’s Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back this Thursday at 6pm. See you there: FB...

Movements of Thought (Feb 18, 12:30 – 2:30pm) – Usine C

The Art of Imposturing / L’art de l’impostureAct one: Yes is the Same as No Acte un: Oui c’est comme nonGuest artist / artiste invité: Jacob WrenThis is a call from nowherethis precarious place where we are all potentiallygeotraumaticallyimposteurs.  There is no way back to authenticity Every freedom is to be stolen. Cet appel vient de nulle part ce lieu précaire où nous sommes tous potentiellement géotraumatiquement imposteurs. Il n’y aura pas de retour à l’authenticité Toutes les libertés devront être volées. Activators: Laura Ilea, Anique Vered and Erik Bordeleau // Mouvements de la Pensée est une exploration dans l’expérience vécue de la pensée comme jeu mobile qui traverse les disciplines. Qu’est-ce qu’un mouvement de la pensée ? Comment peut-il ouvrir le corps à des modes d’abstraction vécue, humains et plus-qu’humains, à des corps-images, des entités matérielles, des compositions affectives ? Quelles techniques peut-on tirer de diverses pratiques du mouvement physique, et comment peuvent-elles être agencées en dialogue avec des chercheurs et des artistes d’autres domaines? Travaillant étroitement avec la série Nœuds de la Pensée, cet agencement du penser-bouger ensemble invite les participants à contribuer à la création d’une écologie des pratiques secouée par les mouvements de la pensée. Movements of Thought considers ways of moving and thinking through embodied experience, and of thought itself as a mobile interplay across disciplines. What is a moving thought? How may it open bodies to modes of lived abstraction, becoming more-or-less human, comprising images, material entities, and affective compositions? What techniques may be drawn from diverse practices in physical movement, and how may these be assembled in discussion with scholars and practitioners from other...

Reading Group (Feb 12, 6pm)

This coming Thursday (February 12th), we’ll be reading a new book : Leanne Simpson’s Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back. Please read the 2 first chapters. If you would like to be Skype in, please let us know.————————–————————–———————–Ce jeudi, le 12 février, nous commencerons la lecture d’un nouveau livre, celui de Leanne Simpson intitulé : “Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back”. Svp, lire les chapitre 1 et 2.Si vous souhaitez assister au groupe de lecture via Skype, laissez-le nous...