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ART & ...

Symposium convened at the ICA, London, by Alun Rowlands and John Russell.
17 November 2007. ICA, London.

ART & POLITICS & FICTION & SEX & DEATH & AESTHETICS & READING & WRITING &
DIALECTICS & PHILOSOPHY & PSYCHOBIOGRAPHY & HORROR & SLEEPING & MUSIC
& INTENSITY & JOUISSANCE & ...

The contemporary discourses of art cannot be conceived of as an autonomous specialism: Art, but as a space of transversality
and connectivity : Art & … Art might be a name for this moving sideways, for the fostering of specifically transversal connections.
This transversal movement (in line with Guattari's definition of transversality) explicitly sets out to de-territorialise the disciplines,
fields and institutions it works across. The co-ordinating conjunction of & therefore is not an inclusion mechanism, a random stringing
together, or a series of contextual filiations. It is a modality of the between that produces temporary alliances between practices and fields.

8 speakers negotiate diverse positions mapping the radical terrain of the ampersand.

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[Above] FELIX ENSSLIN is a philosopher, a stage director, dramaturge, & curator.Ensslin studied philosophy & drama at the New
School of Social Research, New York; worked as executive staff in the German parliamentary group Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
for two legislative periods; stage director & dramaturge at the Deutsche Nationaltheater Weimar, where he staged, among others,
Friedrich Schillers »Die Räuber« & put on stage his own dramatic piece »Durch einen Spiegel ein dunkles Bild«. In 2005, he
curated together with Ellen Blumenstein & Klaus Biesenbach the exhibition »Regarding Terror: The RAF-Exhibition«; in 2007
the exhibitions »Between two deaths« at ZKM Karlsruhe & »Berlin Noir« at Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, followed. He
will talk on ‘And.Encore.Repetition.Jouissance and Art today’ with reference to the ‘Between Two Deaths' exhibition.

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[Above] FABIENNE AUDEOUD Artist and musician.
If not the sound track to images and the marker of social identities what is music doing in art?
If the audience has become the form in music: How do you perform it in art?
If the audience -as size- buys itself: How is this gesture/exchange happening?
She will address questions around music in art and work live on the composition of a third version of "the hit".

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[Above] PETER OSBORNE Professor of Modern European Philosophy and director of the Centre for Research in Modern
European Philosophy, Middlesex University, London (since 1994). He is also editor of the journal Radical Philosophy (since 1983).
He is the author of – among other books – The Politics of Time: Modernity and Avant-Garde (Verso, 1995); Philosophy in Cultural
Theory (Routledge, 2000); Conceptual Art (Phaidon, 2002); and Marx (Granta, 2005). Additionally, he is a contributor to Afterall, Art
History, October, Oxford Art Journal, and various catalogues including Manifesta 5 (San Sebastian, 2004); Time Zones (Tate Modern,
2004); and Zones of Contact (Sydney Biennial, 2006). His paper examines Art & Non-Art: Dialectics of Non-Identity. Ampersand &
distinction; typesetting as the home of pop conceptualism in reverse.

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[Above] JOHN CUSSANS Multi-media artist & writer, whose research explores para-psychological scenarios & multi-authoring processes.
Eggheads in the Wallpaper: Writing, Psychobiography and the Problem of Historical Form takes its cue from a convergence of
associational themes running between Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr) and The Yellow Wallpaper (Charlotte Perkins Gilman).
It will address the textual inter-dependence of historical & subjective awareness, the relationship between science & art & their
implications for inter-disciplinary art forms.

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[Above] MARIA FUSCO IS PATRICIA MacCORMACK Maria Fusco is a Belfast-born writer. She is Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths
College, and the editor of The Happy Hypocrite, a new journal for and about experimental writing. Patricia MacCormack is Senior Lecturer,
Department of English, Communication, Film and Media at Anglia Ruskin University. She has published on Continental Philosophy &
the ethics of aesthetics. Talk: The ecosophy of art - a monstrous hybrid event. Art itself is an '&' traversal. Deleuze and Guattari and Serres
claim art is produced through a mapping of chaos which is an ethical production (cf Spinoza) - an ecosophic territory. For Deleuze & Guattari
philosophy describes the creation of concepts which are the result of problems, that is, the incommensurability of two ideas. Concepts and
philosophy always require an '&', not an 'or' and the '&' is not causal or chronocentric but immanent, neither element precedes or follows.

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[Above] JJ CHARLESWORTH is a critic and Reviews Editor, ArtReview. Nothing is Never Autonomous. If dialectics isn't a play of opposites, but a way into
the multiple realities that make up a thing or a phenomenon, how might art be understood as a meeting place for many possible contradictions,
instead of just a few? What if autonomous art was art both at its least and most free?

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PAUL BUCK Description of Talk & : The condition of betweenness at play is spread wide to be licked between: (sidewards. Paul Buck is a writer &     ) a state that he’s never been anything but)

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