spring 2012 friends lecture series

Art and Psychoanalysis: War in the Time of Peace

Dead Subjects Speak: Silvia Kolbowski Presents Her 2010 video, A few howls again?

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

17.30 - 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

video still_depiction of dead woman in blue shirt
Silvia Kolbowski, video still from A Few Howls Again? 2009-2010. © Courtesy the artist

Speaker(s): Silvia Kolbowski (artist)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Mignon Nixon

A few howls again? re-animates the brilliant and notorious German journalist and political militant, Ulrike Meinhof (1934-1976) in a stop-motion video loop with titles. Using Meinhof's own writings from the late 1960s and contemporaneous and later comments made about and by her, this project raises questions about contemporary state violence and political resistance.

Silvia Kolbowski is an artist based in New York whose scope of address includes the ethics and politics of history, culture, and the unconscious.  Her projects have been exhibited internationally at the Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, the Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, LAX<>Art, Los Angeles, the Ellen Gallery, Montreal, the Whitney Museum, NY, and the Villa Arson, Nice, among others. Her project, A few howls again?, was commissioned by the Taipei Bienniel in 2010 and broadcast on Argentine television in 2011.  Between 1993 and 2000 she was a Co-Editor of October journal, and is currently on their advisory board. She is also on the advisory board of Fillip journal, Vancouver.

This lecture series will complement the 2011-12 Research Forum/Andrew W Mellon Foundation MA on ‘Art and Psychoanalysis: Fifty Years of War in the Time of Peace, 1960-2010’, taught by Professor Mignon Nixon with Visiting Professor Juliet Mitchell (University College London Psychoanalysis Unit). The course is conceived as a dialogue between art and psychoanalysis on questions of war and war protest. The lecture series will offer cross-disciplinary perspectives on art, psychoanalysis and war.

Supported by Friends of The Courtauld

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