I have submitted a complete first draft of my confirmation report to my supervisors. I think I now walk 4 inches taller!
So, New York was amazing. Despite the cold, the snow, the blizzard, the College Art Association conference was full to the brim and our paper went very well. I judge the outcome of papers by the questions asked at the end: there were tricky ones, there were engaging ones and there were ones which showed that what Naren and I wanted to talked about was very new indeed.
It was also a fruitful trip for my research. I attended an Art and Psychoanalysis panel with a mixed outcome. I am weary of the ÄúletÄôs look at this artist in the context of this psychoanalytic conceptÄù. The shoehorn approach, as I call it, a real problem in my field. One of the papers, discussing trauma and Pollock, was very dubious. It claimed that the event that marked PollockÄôs life and art was the fact that he was born with he umbilical cord around his neck. That, apparently explained his self-destructive behaviour. Although I am conscious that I am simplifying matters by just writing a quick run through, this kind of approach to interpretation is sign of a general malaise in the field of Art History. I am a practitioner and a reasonably practical person, so I went to test it. The Museum of Modern Art is probably one of the best-designed spaces to show art I have ever seen. It is full of people, but the buildingÄôs crowd management through architecture is remarkably successful. ItÄôs most interesting feature for me, though, is the fact that one is allowed to take flash-less photographs. What fun I had! Even Pollock seamed positive to me.
Pity I couldnÄôt test the comic guyÄôs paper, which was very good, even though it also followed the approach of object+concept, in this case the ÄúgutterÄù in comics and LacanÄôs phallic jouissance. It may have been my sense of brotherhood everytime I hear Lacan mentioned but I found him more reasonable, at least.
My research did not stop there, though. On my last day, I found that, all along, I had been living near this:
Guess what it is? The answer, together with a few more pictures of the trip (including some amazing displays of Faberg?© eggs), is here. Lucky me, I am returning in June for more. I was totally seduced by it. Encore, encore, encore. That was what New York was, for me.
Some of my thoughts on Melanie Carvalho’s book Expedition have been published on
ART & RESEARCH, Volume 1. No. 1. Winter 2006/07, a new e-journal looking at research in contemporary art practice. Something much needed, in my opinion…
I am getting really excited about going to New York. The College Art Association conference looks busy and interesting and, in a similar fashion than in the Biennale’s press days, lots extra seems to be going on. I think I will go to see the MFA show at Hunter College and perhaps I can even convince my boss to get us tickets for the gala dinner. That would be nice. I am also strangely looking forward to the paper, even though I shouldn’t be, as I haven’t seen a finished version yet. I like speaking in public (says the Thespian in me). But the city is what interests me the most about the whole thing. Lucky me, I am going there twice this year! Pics and post on return.
Shoes are one of those things I can’t resist. The inside signature, the hidden red on the heel throw shivers down my spine. What… who would I be if I wore these?
With many thanks to the Manolo, ever inspiring.
Just finished reading Tortajada, M (2004) Eric Rohmer and the mechanics of seduction. Studies in French Cinema, 4 (3). pp. 229-238. In this paper, she examines a category of seduction, which she calls seduction through ambiguity, by studying Eric Rohmer’s Conte d’automne. In passing, she mentions other methods of seduction which she discusses in her book, Le spectateur s?©duit: le libertinage dans le cin?©ma d’Eric Rohmer et sa fonction dans une th?©orie de la repr?©sentation filmique (1999, Paris, Kime). Pick up caught my eye and, as I was googling for it, I came across this page. Seduction has its own language, literally.
I am still surprised to find that this subject of feminine seduction has been so unconscious within my research. But the evidence is there! With the two new images above, let’s recap where we are at:
Pilar Albarracin, Iranzu Antona, Naia del Castillo, Vicky Civera, Sylvie Fleury, Hannah Hoch, Mary Kelly, Sharon Kivland, Cathy de Monchaux, Nazareth Pacheco, Pipilotti Rist, Kiki Smith, Hannah Wilke, Francesca Woodman…
Now, like Malcolm Gladwell’s friend Howard Moscowitz did, I need to find which of three seduction categories they fit in: plain-like, spicy-like, or extra-chunky-like.