There are hearts bigger than planets: black hearts that absorb light, hope, and dust particles, that eat comets and space probes. Motionless, sullen dirigibles, they hang in the empty space between galaxies. We can't see them, but we know they're there, fattening. -Shelley Jackson, The Anatomy of Melancholy
Violets or Violence and Dreams is an experimental performance and writing workshop. Imagined as a space to create performance and writing projects, collaboratively and individually, we trespass across gesture and language, fiction and insomnia, dancing and darkness, punk rock and theory, dreams and flowers, accident and tragedy. What do these states or modes offer as so much material for making performance? How might these more affective encounters open up generative ways to counter the logics of representation and limitations of language? And importantly, how in this particular cultural moment of multiple occupations, resistances, and evasive political speech might our work speak alongside these cultural events? How might we incorporate the violent seizures and ruptures of history in the present?
Each workshop will open with a short performance by everyone in the seminar and then move into other performance, theater, and writing techniques. Our discursive research will culminate in a final series of performances.
Some of the artists, writers, theorists (not that these are ever exclusive terms) we will consider include: Lauren Berlant, Miguel Gutierrez, Aitana Cordero, Alain Badiou, Ron Athey, Ernesto Pujol, Ralph Lemon, Judith Butler, Hannah Arendt, Kaja Silverman, Jeremy Wade, Jacques Derrida, Micki Watanabe, Ann Hamilton, Merten Spengberg, Shelley Jackson, Marguerite Duras, Paul Virilio, Fiona Banner, Avital Ronnel, Nao Bustamente.
Elective, Junior and Above