Fragilizing the Self, Resisting the System
(This information is only available in English)
Seminar with Bracha L. Ettinger on 18 April, 11.00-17.00 hrs
Doing Gender Lecture with Ettinger and Griselda Pollock, 19.30 to 21.30
Both at Casco, Nieuwekade 213-215, Utrecht,
Further information on the entire Ettinger programme, including a symposium and master class, can be downloaded as a PDF brochure here.
Apply for the ‘Seminar’ via email (with “Ettinger Seminar” in subject line) at:firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline: 6 April 2012.
The “Room” is open from 12 April to 20 April from 12.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs. Entrance is free.
In collaboration with the Graduate Gender Program of Utrecht University, Casco organises a “Seminar” with Bracha L. Ettinger , and a “Room” installation in which Ettinger’s multifaceted work that traverses the artistic, the psychoanalytical, and the theoretical is available on view for the public.
'Seminar/Room' with artist, psychoanalyst, and European Graduate School and Saas-Fee, Switzerland professor, Bracha L. Ettinger, takes a psychological and bodily approach to the world. While Casco’s overall programme often focuses on the world as designed and planned and its potential alterations, with the contribution of Bracha L. Ettinger we will delve into the territory of subject formation, opening it up – “fragilizing the self” towards becoming more “in-corporated” and “em-bodied” in the world and confronting creatively/com-passionately the cultural and the political realities of our times,
For 'Seminar/Room' Casco transforms into a space for enabling experiences of immersing one’s own body-psyche. Affirming the difficulties and internal risks of this experience of immersion, the creative possibilities of self-fragilization will be central, so that new modes of connecting with “intimate strangers” become thinkable/imaginable/are experienced. Bracha L. Ettinger’s “Seminar”, which is essentially a day-long collective exercise, will take place in this setting, engaging participants with the following ideas:
A resisting response to systems emerges from a sovereign subject of self-fragilization and is infused by intimate trans-connectedness to intimate otherness, intimate outside, and intimate strangers. Neither this resistance nor this sovereignty emerge from aggression but from the matrixial Eros of borderlinking, in keeping with the dignity of the fragilized self and its vulnerable others.
Overwhelmedness, aroused through relations of wonder (to-with an artwork), is proto-ethical. It can open up a possible Ethics that offers on the one hand resistance to the narcissistic boundaries of the individuated self, and on the other hand to the endless global multiplication, fragmentation and accumulation onto mass-es. It even goes so far as to open up resistance to any system by implicated criticality in a non-reactive way.
Whether we reach its knowledge or not, beauty implies truth concerning matter and appearance. Sublimity can be an intensification of a natural force out there. Art has to do with the human access to both by living through and working through them. Aesthetical modes at work in-by art, intermingled with Eros, indicate Ethics. It calls on us to refer to the human, even if we now have to redefine what is human and why humanity matters to-for art, and why art matters for Ethics.
Organized by Graduate Gender Program, Utrecht University and Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory in partnership with the Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University, Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL), Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG)