Henri Lefebvre’s “Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life”

Wednesday, 21 November 2012
VIVO Media Arts Centre (1961 Main Street)
7 PM

Facilitated by Kevin Rowe

Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life (2004) presents Henri Lefebvre’s attempt at developing a novel scientific methodology for the analysis and critique of everyday life and its varying forms and rhythms. Developing on a Marxist conception and philosophy of time and space, Lefebvre provides us with an argument that exposes the effect of the capitalist inscription of the value of time on our biological and social rhythms. Weaving his argument through a series of discussions on music, commodity culture, measurement, and urban life Lefebvre provides us with a methodology that breaks radically from nomothetism providing us with a convincing example of the importance of the ideographic. This  collection of essays, published posthumously, should be of interest to  philosophers, geographers, urban planners, community activists, and  sociologists.

Henri Lefebvre was born in southwestern France in 1901. He worked in the fields of sociology and philosophy from the 1920s, navigating the fraught landscape of French Marxism through to his death in 1991. His book The Critique of Everyday Life was formative for the Situationist movement, and The Production of Space remains indispensable to many geographers and social theorists to this day.

Kevin M. Rowe is an educator and writer from Calgary, Alberta. He currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia where he works as an educator. Kevin holds a B.A. in Geography from Simon Fraser University. He has designed and taught alternative curriculum for high school students in Vancouver for two years. He writes poetry, short fiction, essays and creative non-fiction. He is currently interested in the concepts of violence, mental landscapes, dreamscapes, hallucinations, escapism, vernacular architecture, anarchism and urbanality, all of which are at play in his writing.


Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi’s “The Soul at Work” as selected by Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens

Sunday, 04 November 2012
G Gallery (134 Ossington Street, entrance on Foxley Place, rear of building)

Artists in atendance

In conjunction with G Gallery’s exhibition I’d gladly surrender myself to you, body and soul, showcasing the work of collaborators Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, this salon will feature selections from Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi’s The Soul at Work (2009).

For their exhibition at G Gallery, Ibghy & Lemmens present works that share a common concern with bringing abstract systems to materiality, particularly as they are confronted with the human body. Through a combination of archival research, diagrammatic drawings, sculpture and performance, the works explore non-goal oriented action and counter-productivity as tactics for subverting the economisation of life. Through a reading of Berardi’s text, the artists propose to explore the nature of work in what Berardi calls semiocapitsm, or post-Fordist modes of production, and its impact on our ways of being in the world, including how we move, feel and speak to one another.

Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens are based in Durham-Sud, Quebec. Their work has been presented at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; the 10th Sharjah Biennial, UAE; Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver; the European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany; and Trafó, House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest. Recent solo exhibitions include Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles (2012); 221a, Vancouver (2012); and Galleria Alkovi, Helsinki (2011). Their artistic projects and writings have been published in Le Merle, C Magazine, New Social Inquiry and Pyramid Power. Their first book, Tools that Measure the Intensity of Passionate Interests was published by Horse and Sparrow Editions in collaboration with the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, in 2012.

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

Image credit: Ibghy & Lemmens, How pins began to make people feel good, from the series The Revolutions of Capitalism (2011).