Anne Carson’s “Variations on the Right to Remain Silent”

Lanfranco Quadrio, 2013.

Lanfranco Quadrio, 2013.

Monday, 11 August 2014
Dufferin Grove Park at the south path “cob” fire pit
7 PM

In conjunction with Gabrielle Moser’s No Looking After the Internet project and Jacob Korczynski’s If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution reading group, this salon will feature excerpts from Anne Carson’s essay “Variations on the Right to Remain Silent.”

Gabrielle Moser and Jacob Korczynski in attendance.

Moser’s No Looking After the Internet project invites participants to look at a photograph (or series of photographs) they are unfamiliar with, and “read” the image out-loud together. The format emphasizes the multiplicity of meanings embedded in an image, drawing attention to the ways that social factors condition understanding. No Looking is an ongoing, collaborative project based out of Toronto’s Gallery TPW. Korczynski’s If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution reading groups depart from a spirit of open questioning and long term enquiry, taking on research thematics such as reading/feeling and appropriation/dedication. The format emphasizes the role of performance and performativity in acts of collective sense-making. The Toronto iteration of the reading group happens alongside reading groups in Amsterdam, New York, and São Paulo. What No Reading After the Internet shares with No Looking and If I Can’t Dance is an interest in how we construct understanding based on encounter.

Variations on the Right to Remain Silent” is described by publisher Slyph Editions as “an essay on the stakes involved when translation happens, ranging from Homer through Joan of Arc to Paul Celan; it includes the author’s seven translations of a poetic fragment from the Greek poet Ibykos.”

Excerpts from the essay will be read aloud and used as a provocation to perform an act of translation as a group.

Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living.

Jacob Korcyznski is an independent curator. A recent participant in the de Appel Curatorial Programme, he has curated projects for the Stedelijk Museum, SAVAC, Oakville Galleries and was a contributor to Matthew Lutz-Kinoy’s Loose Bodies at Elaine MGK. His writing has appeared in Prefix Photo, C Magazine, Fillip, and The Power Plant publication Jimmy Robert: Draw the Line (in collaboration with Oliver Husain). Currently, he is a researcher for the Performance in Residence platform of If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution.

Gabrielle Moser is a writer and independent curator. She regularly contributes to, and her writing has appeared in venues including ARTnews, Canadian Art, Fillip, n paradoxa, and Photography & Culture. She has curated exhibitions for Access Gallery, Gallery TPW, the Leona Drive Project and Vtape. Moser is a PhD candidate in art history and visual culture at York University and a member of the Toronto Photography Seminar.

This meeting of No Reading After the Internet (Toronto) is supported by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto.