Eduardo Cadava’s “Lapas Imaginus: The Image in Ruins”

Wednesday September 19, 7pm, Free
VIVO (1965 Main Street, Vancouver BC)
Programmed by Alexander Muir. Facilitated by Penelope Hetherington.

Appearing in the journal October in Spring 2001, this essay grew out of Cadava’s prior meditations on the photographic image and its relation to history. If, as Walter Benjamin wrote, there is no necessary connection between an empirical event and the time of its occurence, then history can be understood as a constellation of ruins, shaken loose from the linear and recoverable only by a present that is capable of “reading” them. History in its most Benjaminian sense–spatial rather than chronological–is where Cadava situates the image in question. Freed from any inextricable relation to what it portrays, the photographic image belongs to the future as well as to multiple pasts. If the text’s tone feels both melancholy and rhapsodic, it might be because, as Cadava suggests, the ruined and disappearing image has thrilling possibilities for an activist present.

Eduardo Cadava is a contemporary American literary critic, thinker and translator. He has written extensively on, among other things, philosophy, photography, architecture, music, democracy, memory, war and the ethics of decision. He has also published books on Benjamin and Emerson. Cadava is on the faculty of Princeton University and a professor at the European Graduate School in Switzerland.

Penelope Hetherington is a performer and emerging installation artist based in Vancouver.


MIchael Turner’s “On Becoming…”


September 26, 2012 – 7:00pm -9:00pm
VIVO (1965 Main Street, Vancouver BC)

On Becoming…. is Michael Turner’s contribution to the exhibition catalogue for “The Long Time: 21st Century Art of Steele + Tomczak” curated by Paul Wong and co-presented by VIVO and ON MAIN, 06-29 September 2012. Turner’s writing responds to the four-channel installation Becoming….  Initiated during a residency at VIVO in 2006, Becoming… frames tableauxs of contrasting eras in urban architecture in contemporary Berlin, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

Attuned to the process and conditions of Becoming….’s production and materiality, Turner unfolds Deleuze and Guattari’s writing on assemblage, the rhizome and the nomad, as well as dialectical materialsm and intemezzo.

No Reading will take place in the installation of Becoming… Participants wishing to view the exhibition may come earlier in the day from 12-7pm. “The Long Time” is open Sept 7-29, Wed-Sat 12-6pm.

Michael Turner’s books include Hard Core LogoThe Pornographer’s Poem and 8×10. He is also the co-author (with Grant Arnold) of Fred Herzog: Vancouver Photographs. In January 2012 he co-curated (with Scott Watson) Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.

The Long Time: 21st Century Art of Steele + Tomczak. Edited by Paul Wong. Contributors: Jim Drobnick, Jennifer Fisher, Michael Turner, Felix Vogel and Paul Wong. Published by On Main (On The Cutting Edge Productions Society).

Margaret Atwood’s “Survival” as selected by Rikia Saddy

Friday, 14 September 2012
Bento Miso (#300 – 862 Richmond Street West)
7 PM

Rikia Saddy in attendance

On the 40th anniversary of the publication of Margaret Atwood’s Survival, and in celebration of the publication of Rikia Saddy’s We Are Canada, this salon will feature excerpts from both texts with an eye toward developing a language through which to articulate what being Canadian means today.

Rikia Saddy has a passion for Canada that is informed by an interest in the country’s past and how our understanding of it shapes our shared future. Her engagement in politics and social change focuses on considerations about Canada’s role in the world. A published journalist and an active participant in Canada 2020, the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, and the Governor General’s Leadership Conference, Saddy has appeared numerous times on The National and Connect with Mark Kelley. Currently, she live in Vancouver BC.

No Reading After the Internet (Toronto) is supported by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. Special thanks to Bento Miso for their support of this salon.

Image credit: Cameron McLellan