[knowledgelab] [Fwd: INVITATION : ASSEMBLAGES by Angela Melitopoulos and Maurizio Lazzarato]

Emma Dowling esd at riseup.net
Fri Jan 22 12:56:41 UTC 2010

sorry for cross posting

INVITATION :  ASSEMBLAGES, a video-installation by Angela Melitopoulos  
and Maurizio Lazzarato


is an audiovisual research project by Angela Melitopoulos and Maurizio  
Lazzarato about philosopher and psychiatrist Félix Guattari an his  
revolutionary psychiatric practice, his political activism as well as  
his ideas concerning ecosophy and his interest in animism especially  
in the Brazilian an Japanese context.

It is shown in the exhibition Animism (22 jan 2010 - 02 may 2010)  
curated by Anselm Franke for Extra City and  the M HKA (Museum van  
Hedendaagse Kunst) in Antwerp http://www.muhka.be/) as a first outcome  
of the research in the form of a video installation.

In Guattari's work and in the same manner as in animist societies,  
subjectivity loses the transcendent and transcendental status that  
characterizes the Western paradigm. Guattari’s thought and that of  
animist societies can find common ground in this understanding of  
subjectivity. Aspects of polysemic, transindividual, and animist  
subjectivity also characterize the world of childhood, of psychosis,  
of amorous or political passion, and of artistic creation.

The installation presents excerpts from documentaries,  essay-films,  
radio interviews, conversations with friends and colleagues of Félix  
Guattari, and material on the clinic La Borde in France and  
institutional psychotherapy including films by Fernand Deligny, Renaud  
Victor, François Pain an others, as well as new material produced in  
Brazil in the course of the research on this project.

Presented as a triptych of differently sized screens, the installation  
refers to ideas of movement and gravity eminent in the cartographies  
of animistic art as well as to concepts of the immaterial in asiatic  
art. Each screen intensifies a modality of the senses: seeing,  
hearing, reading. The montage of the archival material is conceived as  
a mirror to Guattari's concept of an 'assemblage', which is also a  
main topic throughout the installation.

With the participation of

Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, anthropologist, Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro

Éric Alliez, philosopher, Paris

Jean Claude Polack, psychiatrist, psycho-analyste, Paris

Barbara Glowczewski, anthropologist, Paris

Peter Pál Pelbart , professor of philosophy , Sao Paolo

Janja Rosangela Araujo, master of Capoeira Angola, professor ,  
Salvador de Bahia

Jean Jacques Lebel, artist, Paris


Tetsuo Kogawa, Suely Rolnik, François Pain, Institut Auiovisuel Parism  
ISKRA Paris and others


22 jan 2010 - 02 may 2010

A collaboration between Extra City and M HKA

Animism is a long-term exhibition and publication project first  
presented between 22 January and 2 May 2010 in Antwerp in a  
collaboration of Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen and the Museum of  
Contemporary Art (M HKA). A second version of the exhibition will be  
shown at Kunsthalle Bern from May till July 2010. Subsequent versions  
will be developed at the Generali Foundation in Vienna and the House  
of World Cultures in Berlin in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

The project approaches the concept of animism - coined by 19th century  
anthropologists in the context of the colonial encounter - from a  
contemporary perspective. It addresses the current increase in  
interest in animism, which stems from a widespread re-visioning of  
modernity, by a reflection on aesthetic processes seen through the  
prism of an exhibition.


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