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Hegyi Dóra hegyidora1 at chello.hu
Fri Feb 23 14:33:20 CET 2007

A tranzit. hu altal kezdemenyezett Muveszetelmeleti es gyakorlati
szabadiskola kovetkezo szeminariuma

Jan Verwoert, kritikussal  (Berlin)

2007. marcius 9-11.

Jelentkezesi hatarido 2007. március 2. angol motivacios levellel a
tranzit at enternet.hu cimen.


Ways to Inaugurate the Pleasur Dome - A Seminar


Social bonds are forged through techniques of keeping and sharing secrets,
coded ways of shaking hands, exchanging words and looks, learning to be,
dress and speak in certain ways and not others, to perform rituals and cast
spells that summon certain spiritis, not others. These techniques are a
matter of practice as much as they involve the imagination. If a bond is to
be forged, the community it is designed to create needs to be imagined. So
images do play their role in the constitutive moment when a society is
inaugurated. They formulate the promise of what that society will give to
its members in the future.


The Seminar will look at techniques and images through which communities are
inaugurated, communities of the past, present and future. The Seminar will
take visual material as its starting point and centre its discussion around
images and techniques found in historic and contemporary everyday culture.
In the same context it will discuss art works and art projects that explore
the practical and visual logic of the inauguration of communities and
propose alternatives. In the process of looking at art and everyday life,
text material will be added to the discussion. These explorations will be
guided by the questions: Does the inauguration of and initiation into a
community always imply a moment of violence and the affirmation of a
hierarchial power structure? Or can there be practices and images that
renounce this violence and thus generate powerless structures of communal
conviviality? How could a community be imagined that is not a sect defined
through the exclusion of a constitutive other or a fraternity based on the
codex of male bonding? Maybe a ,community without community', as Derrida
puts it, invoked in the moment of a ,secretless conjuration' to assemble for
those who have nothing else to bring to that community but their own




Any image (or textbite) that comes to mind when you think about the above, a
mural, a sign, a gesture, a pose, a monument, an anti-monument, a political
event, a piece of architecture ...


Among the books that may be read in this context as they raise crucial
question concerning the politics and ethics of the inauguratial moment are 

> Jacques Derrida: Politics of Friendship (Chapter 2 Loving in friendship:
perhaps), Verso,   London New York 2005

> Jean-Luc Nancy: The Inoperative Community (Chapter 2 Myth interrupted),
University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis London 1991/2004

> Giorgio Agamben: The Coming Community. University of Minnesota Press,
Minneapolis London 1993/2005


Jan Verwoert


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