lecture delivered at Galerie Tranzitdisplay, Prauge, Czech Republic
May 5, 2013
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Kwakwaka’wakw Mask, Franz Boas Photo Collection (American Natural History Museum, NY)
Fionn Meade talks about his curatorial practice and introduces three concepts arising from research done at the close of the 19th century by cultural thinkers involved in developing new applications within quickly expanding fields, specifically anthropologist Franz Boas’ “secondary rationalization,” art historian Aby Warburg’s “pathosformel,” and sociologist Gabriel Tarde’s “quantification.” By thinking through these concepts together, Meade considers their shared traits as partial, even symptomatic methods, and how their insights question presumed trajectories of modernity, and might yet be relevant. Meade considers these concepts in relation to recent exhibitions Time Again, Nachleben, and Plaisance.
The Broken Atlas / Objects of Prohibition seminar
October 11 and 12, 2012
Rupert, Vilnius Italy