Hubo un lugar: Personal involvement, creative process and scientific value

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Hubo un lugar [there was a place] is an art project and an art research on the potential of the investigation of individual cases to progressively build a collective and composite memory. It starts from a site specific work in Spain, which in turn starts from the testimony of a former Spanish republican refugee (see:

https://senso-comune.com/2014/04/24/hubo-un-lugar-witness-1-juan-2/ – https://senso-comune.com/2014/04/24/hubo-un-lugar-witness-1-juan-2/).

 

I will focus on the question of the reconciliation between the objective and subjective approaches within an art and research project that embraces testimony, historical research, creative process and personal involvement, and I will envisage potential methods for the purposes of such reconciliation.

 

20 June 2014, Amphithéâtre I, Place du Panthéon, Paris.

Colloque international « Le processus créatif dans les arts performatifs, visuels, sonores et littéraires »

19 & 20 juin 2014 à l’université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

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William Kentridge on Memory and how we deal with it

Interviewed by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, William Kentridge says:

All my work is part of a single project. I don’t see a great shift. In Il Ritorno d’Ulisse I was looking at the body as a metaphor for our relationship to memory and the unconscious, acknowledging that there are things happening under the surface, which we hope will be well contained by our skin. We hope that our skin will not erupt, that parts of us will not collapse inside. The body in this sense is other to us; we shepherd it along like an ox, hoping it will come quietly to market and not run away. In recent works such as stereoscope I’m interested in the co-existence of all those contradictory strands, and what it means to synthesize them into one subjectivity.

Stereoscope is about the cost of trying to bring these disparate parts of oneself together.

In Cameron, Christov-Bakargiev, Coetzee. “William Kentridge” (1999) London, Phaïdon, p.23.

To watch Kentridge’s Stereoscope, click HERE.

The CAC of Málaga (Spain) is exhibiting Kentridge’s work until 13 May 2012. I just can’t wait to go, see it and meditate. (http://cacmalaga.org/?p=5046)