Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari
A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia
"1440: The Smooth and the Striated"
Department of Biological Flow
chromogenic transparency in lightbox
Gad Fleischwitz and Jaqui Barn
Agape (Denude Study)
August 15-16, 2013
Agape (Denude Study)
In contrast with Eros, the relational bonds of Agape find themselves to be a sort of distancing——and yet one that is stronger in tension than the physical-libidinal togetherness of bodies is capable in the former. Giving space, or imaginary threads of connection, the gaps of Agape are both a striving-towards and a falling-away in love and intensity. The fragility of process is always in question here, while consistency somehow endures.
Colonization is brought swiftly into micropolitical focus through this program of geosophy, our building of this distancing. A denuding of resources quickly made visible; an emergent calculus of force, energy and economy made visceral; ladybug, branch and water act as thirdnesses, tugging and pulling; tiny constellations of pain indicate threshold, speaking as necessary. These offer the subtle differences which prevent repetition from becoming habit and open the ethics of relation continually anew.
Then there are the singularities——the events so beautiful as to generate the imagined threads of connection themselves, the colourful gems of existence which blossom from gestures of contingency to live within the gaps. Their narration after the fact is irrelevant: what means and makes the world is the balance of fragility and endurance that produced them in the first place.
Agape is thirdness; is love.
I Dreamed of Your Utopia
Toward a Kinoderm Aesthetics
November 17-18, 2012
Museum of Human Achievement
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What if one’s gait could see?
Take Dziga Vertov’s concept of kino-eye and vision it anew in the age of gait-based detection and surveillance: the skin-as-camera. Think with others on questions of performance, politics and pedagogy as mobile subjects in the contemporary vision machine.
"Toward a Kinoderm Aesthetics" might be of interest to academics, artists, activists or others working with questions of moving bodies, visioning technologies, public spaces and politics in the common sphere. We encourage a variety of educational backgrounds, professional practices and personal experiences to enliven and enrich the weekend event.
This intensive workshop of research-creation will weave previous work by the Department of Biological Flow together with contemporary critical theory, embodied movement practices and consideration of cognate works by other artists. While a background in any of these areas would certainly be considered useful for the workshop, it is by no means a prerequisite for participation. One need only be interested in challenging discussions designed to catalyze potentials in one’s own projects thereafter.
Come play with us!
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"See and be seen. Interpolate and interpellate. In an explicit gesture to Duchamp and the Russian Futurists, the Department of Biological Flow offers ICQ (Inverted Cubofuturist Query), a performance that reconsiders the question of tempo in public space and interrogates opportunities for movement in the contemporary vision machine.”
1. Plug kinoderm tail appendage into faux kino-gait transcribing device.
2. Begin walking staircase. Ensure a steady rhythm.
3. Using surgical devices at hand (scissors, small garden shears, Japanese band saw, large BBQ knife), cut away from kinoderm while walking up stairs.
4. If gait slows down too much, cease cutting and resume steady rhythm.
5. The performance ends once the artist has cut free from the kinoderm and fled the gaze.
(The full video for a second performance of ICQ (Inverted Cubofuturist Query) in 2012 may be viewed on Youtube.)
Untitled #2 (In Dust)
archival pigment print
wood, plaster, burlap, paint