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 line rendering operations? One example might include the differential weightedness of weighted line rendering, which gathers intensity between the immediate and the abstract in a relation with felt pressure against the page surface. The dynamics with which this pressure is felt changes according to the qualities of marking material, page surface and techniques of marking. The intensive indeterminacy within this process activates the potential for variation, or for new openings to articulation across registers, within the gesture of a line. Meanwhile, tracing or rendering lines in series generates a milieu with which to analyze the way that the trace gathers relation into new refrains and attunements with the body. I thus propose to engage the indeterminacy of line rendering operations as a relational constraint with which to activate movements between drawing and choreography, but also as a serial operation with which to analyze where the trace converges and diverges with emergent tendency. In this analysis, the relation between the discursive and emergent material and media practice then becomes an additional constraint that opens to movements of thought, and re-inform the movement of the series.