Giorgio Agamben’s “Notes on Gesture” in collaboration with Robin Cameron’s Projects’ Class Workshop

Featuring Giorgio Agamben’s “Notes on Gesture” in collaboration with Robin Cameron’s Projects’ Class Workshop

Sunday, 24 July 2011
Glyde Hall (studio 14) at the Banff Centre, Banff AB
8 PM

As a collaboration of projects within the framework of Dexter Sinister’s From the Toolbox of a Serving Library summer residency at the Banff Centre, this iteration of No Reading After the Internet will feature Giorgio Agamben’s “Notes on Gensture.” Couched within the third project in Robin Cameron‘s workshop series, we will take our cue from Fionn Meade, who is a curator at the Sculpture Center in New York. He also teaches Critical Issues (Art History) at Columbia, which is where the culmination of this idea came from.

From Fionn Meade

Read Giorgio Agamben’s “Notes on Gesture.”
Watch Shahryar Nashat’s video Modern Body Comedy, and then we will do an exercise in Interpretation.

Agamben’s “Notes on Gesture” begins like this: “By the end of the nineteenth century the gestures of the Western bourgeoisie were irretrievably lost.” The text takes in the physiological studies of human motion done by Gilles de la Tourette, in parallel with early cinematographic experiments being conducted by Marey and Muybridge. It speaks of the cinematic project within the context of recuperation and loss. It attempts to make distinctions between gesture and image, as well as ethics and aesthetics, with respect to their relationship to the cinema.

Nashat’s Modern Body Comedy combines miscellaneous forms of theatre genres such as drama and comedy, but also reveals the act of creating artistic situations. Nashat, always interested in the dynamics of human bodies, builds up an outrageous tension, which is unpredictably dissolved by a physical incident reminding one of a very popular slapstick element.

Participation in No Reading After the Internet is free and open to everyone, regardless of their familiarity with a text or its author. Texts will be handed out at the salon. No pre-reading or research is required. Please bring a chair to sit on and drinks to drink.