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When Genealogy Becomes Critique
New Museum
September 28, 2012, 7pm
September 29, 2012, 3pm





A Proposition by Fionn Meade:
When Genealogy Becomes Critique


Repeatedly an unfaithful servant to the systematizing and unifying impulses of aesthetics and philosophy, this Proposition will consider how and when artworks enact critique, and why this discernment involves an indispensable entanglement with historiography. To include reflections on Marcel Broodthaers, Rosemarie Trockel, and Group Material, as well as art historian Aby Warburg and writer Danilo Kiš, potential typologies will be outlined.

Dublin-based artist Jesse Jones joins Meade in the second session to trace aspects of “cinefication” in the work of Vsevolod Meyerhold and Bertolt Brecht through to Jones’s own work involving the social and political history of cinema. Propositions is a public forum that explores ideas in development. Each two-day seminar introduces a topic of current investigation in an invited speaker’s own artistic or intellectual practice. Over the course of a seminar session, these developing ideas are responded to, researched, and discussed to propel them forward in unique ways. The Proposition this month is by Fionn Meade.

Jesse Jones’s practice reflects and re-presents historical moments of collective resistance and dissent. In her films and videos she explores the gesture of the revolutionary action, and finds resonance in our current social and political landscape. Jones has exhibited extensively internationally, including recent solo exhibitions at Spike Island, Bristol; The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin; and REDCAT, Los Angeles, as well as her organizing 12 Angry Films, a temporary drive-in cinema project in Dublin. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Artsonje Centre, Seoul, and CCA Derry. Her film project The Struggle Against Ourselves (2011) departs from the biomechanic movement workshops of Russian theater director Vsevold Meyerhold and the eventual Hollywood appropriation of related techniques, while her newest work The Selfish Act of Community (2012) explores historical experiments in conflict resolution therapy as a type of Brechtian script.

Fionn Meade is a curator and writer based in New York. He has most recently been Curator at SculptureCenter, NY, where exhibitions include Scene, Hold, Ballast, with David Maljkovic and Lucy Skaer, and such group exhibitions as Knight’s Move, a survey of new sculpture in New York, as well as the exhibitions Time Again and Leopards in the Temple. He has previously been a curator at the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, and worked with Tom Eccles on Rachel Harrison: Consider the Lobster, and Maria Lind on The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art at the Hessel Museum of Art and CCS Bard Galleries. His writing has appeared in Artforum, Parkett, Mousse Magazine, Bomb Magazine, Bidoun, Modern Painters, Spike Quarterly, and Parkett, among other publications, and he was the recipient of an Arts Writer Grant from Creative Capital and the Andy Warhol Foundation. He teaches in the MFA Program for Visual Arts, Columbia University, and the the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.


Supplementary Readings:


Giorgio Agamben, Aby Warburg and the Nameless Science PDF Download

Raymond Geuss, Nietzsche and Genealogy PDF Download
Danilo Kiš, A Tomb for Boris Davidovich PDF Download

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