A Conversation with Lidwien van de Ven and Axelle Karera
Friday, March 10, 2017
1:30 – 2:45 pm
255 ARTlab vestibule
March 9-11, 2017 University of Manitoba
Scheduled for the year of Mosaic’s 50th anniversary and marking both the journal’s transition to the next half-century and its transfer to a new editorship, this symposium has movement in trans- as its theme. Taking the theme and conference title from Jacques Derrida’s “Living On / Borderlines” (1979), the journal plans to celebrate this in transit occasion by bringing together participants from architecture, art, film, literature, music, and philosophy to reflect on the continuing life of their fields into the next fifty years. Without striving for consensus or conclusion but, to use Judith Butler’s words from “Finishing, Starting” (2009), “something more active, difficult, and dynamic” than that, the symposium invites participants to engage in readings that allow the works or themes they have selected to survive or live on “in states of relative dissemination” (291-92).
The symposium will include lectures, panels, and workshops involving some 19 participants, joining some of the world’s leading scholars with graduate students from across the disciplines. Feature presenters include:
Asa G. Candler Professor of Modern French Thought, French & Comparative Literature at Emory University; Professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School; member of the French Editorial Team translating Jacques Derrida’s Seminars (about 40 volumes) for publication (Editions Galilée); and General Editor, with Peggy Kamuf, of the English translation of Derrida’s Seminars (Chicago UP), Bennington is widely known for his translations of, and expertise in, the works of Jacques Derrida and Jean-François Lyotard. In 1991 he co-authored with Derrida Jacques Derrida, which comprises two texts, Bennington’s “Derridabase” appearing on the upper two-thirds of the book’s pages, and
Derrida’s “Circumfession” on the lower third of each page. In such projects as Legislations:
The Politics of Deconstruction (1994) and the recent Scatter (e.g., Scatter 1: The Politics of Politics in Foucault, Heidegger, and Derrida, Fordham UP, 2016), he brings deconstruction together with the question of the political.
University Research Chair and Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph; Director of the Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project; and researcher and editor with the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, Dr. Fischlin’s books include The Community of Rights: The Rights of Community (with
Martha Nandorfy, Oxford UP, 2012), Rebel Musics: Human Rights, Resistant Sounds, and the Politics of Music Making (with Ajay Heble, Black Rose Books, 2003), and The Fierce Urgency of Now: Improvisation, Rights, and the Ethics of Cocreation (with Ajay Heble, Duke UP, 2013). Among his remarkable interdisciplinary engagements are those that approach music as a model of social practice.
Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Honorary Fellow of the American
Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects, and member of the
Royal Canadian Academy of Art, Patricia Patkau began her award-winning career in
Winnipeg, graduating with a Bachelor of Interior Design in 1974 from the University of Manitoba (where she also met her husband and business partner, John Patkau) before completing her Master of Architecture in 1978 at Yale University and opening Patkau Architects in Edmonton, Alberta that same year. In 2004 she was named a Member of the Order of Canada. She has lectured extensively across Canada, the United States, and Europe, and is Professor Emeritus at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia. Since Patkau Architects moved to Vancouver in 1984, she has won 13 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture, including one for Winnipeg’s Millennium Library and one for the University of Manitoba’s ARTlab, collaborating with Winnipeg’s LM Architects on both projects. Patkau’s buildings, slides of which will be included in her presentation, engage architecture as a critical cultural activity necessarily responsive to ecological concerns and sustainability.
Lidwien van de Ven
Currently based in Rotterdam and Berlin, van de Ven produces large-scale photojournalistic-type photographs dealing with the overlaps between religion, aesthetics, and politics. Her installation in the School of Art Gallery at the University of Manitoba, “Lidwien van de Ven: Living On,” will be her first solo exhibition in North America. The exhibition will focus on recent work based in the Middle East. In conjunction with van de Ven’s exhibition, Axelle Karera, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Wesleyan University, will give a presentation and participate in a conversation with van de Ven on the theme of photography, race, and rights, addressing the “after life” of photography in the upcoming decades.
Lidwien van de Ven’s exhibition is supported by the University of Manitoba School of Art, the University of Manitoba Centre for Human Rights Research, and the Mondriaan Fund.
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