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FRENCH THEORY
The (In-)visuality Series


Thursday, October 15: 7 pm

As part of their inaugural education program in New York, Iheap invites artists, curators, and philosophers to explore the convergence of opposing ideologies in French Theory as they apply to vision and visuality within interdisciplinary critical practice.

Panelists:
Dylan Gauthier, Post-Human
Alexandre Gurita, The invisual
Steven Henry Madoff, The Answerable Life
Jean-Luc Nancy (via Skype), Désoeuvrement
Steven Rand, Diogenes and me
Giovanni Tusa, The negativity at work

French Theory – which refers to the body of works originating in the 1960s and 1970s by theorists including Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, Jean-François Lyotard, Gilles Deleuze, Paul Virilio, and Jean-Luc Nancy among others – brings together opposing philosophical ideologies concerning semiotics, identity philosophy, technology, and more. In the decades following the Second World War, this cluster of extraordinary French thinkers were widely translated and read in American universities. Their works were soon labeled as "French Theory.” Despite their vastly different thinking, French Theory also demonstrated that theory today could coincide with forms of radical activism. FRENCH THEORY The (In-)visuality Series will investigate the question of vision and visuality in relation to a broadly interdisciplinary spectrum of critical practices and contemporary theories. Full description here (PDF).



The Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Iheap) is a graduate institute for research and experimentation in art. It is the educational branch of the Biennale de Paris, manifesting as a liquid school that moves and composes itself within a multitude of environments. Each class takes place at a different location, and the program, which is completed in two years, consists of classes combining theory and practice. Iheap opened its doors in New York in September 2015 with Session XI, titled “Economies – Can artistic practice produce viable economies outside of the art market?” Not purporting to come to New York with readymade answers, Iheap wishes rather to engender the conditions for substantive debate on a topic crucial to both the United States and the world.

Dylan Gauthier is a Brooklyn-based artist, writer, curator, educator, boatbuilder, and media activist.

Alexandre Gurita is Director of the Biennale de Paris, and Director and Lecturer at the Institut des hautes études en arts plastics (Iheap).

Steven Henry Madoff is an arts writer, editor, and poet, and is the Chair of the MA Curatorial Practice program at SVA.

Jean-Luc Nancy is a French philosopher and is Professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School and at the University of Strasbourg.

Steven Rand, an artist living in New York, founded apexart in 1994 and is the organization's Executive Director.

Giovanni Tusa is a philosopher and Director of the Institute for Critical Media and Cultural Studies at The Global Center For Advanced Studies.

apexart's exhibitions and and public programs are supported in part by the Affirmation Arts Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Edith C. Blum Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.


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