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What does the structureless of shock look like?

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Bishop and Bourriaud

Started by Bernard Roddy. Last reply by Monica Gontovnik Aug 19, 2016. 1 Reply

Claire Bishop's book, Artificial Hells, provides a useful resource to engage with a set of works in performance of relevance to studio practice today. I am uploading my notes on the the first pages…Continue

Claire Bishop and Nicholas Bourriaud

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Claire Bishop's book, Artificial Hells, provides a useful resource to engage with a set of works in performance of relevance to studio practice today. I am uploading my notes on the the first pages…Continue

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Nowhere Near London (or, The Late Walter Benjamin)

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is to be given its premiere in the main auditorium at theWatford Palace Theatre on Monday, July 4th, 7.30pmsee …Continue

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Notes on Performance art, the Body and the Political.pdf

Posted by Andrea Pagnes (VestAndPage) on March 12, 2017 at 15:54 0 Comments

For anyone interested, I have linked on my page profile at the voice 'texts' my curatorial and post event catalogue text of the 2nd Live art exhibition project Venice International Performance Art Week: Ritual Body-Political Body (Venice, 2014).

DAAD Faculty Summer Seminar on Performance Theory/Performance Practice

Posted by David J Levin on February 20, 2017 at 21:17 0 Comments

Hi All, a quick note to remind everyone that applications for the DAAD Faculty Summer Seminar on Performance Theory & Performance Practice to be held on the campus of the University of Chicago are due March 1. The seminar, organized in cooperation with the Chicago Performance Lab, will take place from June 19, 2017-July 15, 2017. Information on stipends & applications can be found …

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Experimental Residency Programs for Artists & Academics (Spring/Summer 2017)

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The School of Making Thinking hosts a summer residency program for qualified artists and thinkers to work alongside each other for one to three week sessions. We continually experiment with structure, approaches to programming, and alternative pedagogies. Our residents have included sound and performance artists, poets, philosophers, painters, botanists, dancers, playwrights, filmmakers, video artists, documentarians, and historians, among other diverse practices.
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CFP--Approaching Dance: Transdisciplinary Methodologies and Modalities of the Moving Body in Performance

Posted by Eylül Fidan Akinci on January 13, 2017 at 21:24 0 Comments

Approaching Dance:

Transdisciplinary Methodologies and Modalities of the Moving Body in Performance

 

May 11, 2017

Ph.D. Program in Theatre

The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

 

Deadline extended: February 15, 2017. http://approachingdance.com…

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Cassandra as a metaphor and as a mythical figure

Author: Olivera Z. Mijuskovic, philosopher and art theorist

Artworks: Max Klinger 1857-1920: Kassandra 1895. Hamburger Kunsthalle; Ajax and Cassaandra, Louvre G458, Eretria Painter, ca. 425–420 BC. From Gravina in Puglia, Botromagno. Stored in the Pomarici Santomasi Foundation in Gravina in Puglia.

In Greek mythology, which was the backbone of free thought in the ancient world, the figure of Cassandra is very symbolic. Greek transition from the mythical to the philosophical thought had different effects on the amplitude of the entire modern world. Myths alive today but why Cassandra is still so interesting? Her character is not a myth only, it`s the inspiration and for modern science.

Let me start from the beginning.

As a mythical figure Cassandra was one of the princesses of Ancient Troy. Her father was Priam and her mother was Hecuba. She was very beautufil like a goddess and she was the woman  with the ability of foreseeing the future. One would say that she was perfect and happy. Of course, Greek mythology is not so simple. The story of this figure actually hiding a deeper message.

This has several versions:

The most popular one is that God Apollo fell in love with her and granted her with the gift of prophecy. When Cassandra denied the God and his advances, he placed a curse on her, so that no one would believe her words or her predictions. He gave her a gift that would bring frustration and despair to her.

In the tragedy Agamemnon, Cassandra appears to suggest the God to become hic consort but then breaks her promise, causing his wrath. Thus, Apollo left her the gift of prophecy but cursed her so that no one could or would believe her.

According to the second version, Cassandra went to the Temple of Apollo in Troy and his little Temple Snakes licked her ears, allowing her to listen to the future. This theme is not unknown in Greek Mythology, as the snakes of Apollo have appeared in different myths and versions, allowing people to foresee the future and understand the language of animals.

Cassandra foresaw the destruction of Troy by the Greeks; when the Trojans found the big wooden horse outside the gates of their city Cassandra told them that Greeks will destroy them if they bring the horse in the city. The historical facts are not clear but the famous phrase “Beware of Danaos (Greeks) bearing gifts” belongs to her, although there are also different versions about this phrase as well, since it was stated by different persons in tragedy “Ajax” and Virgil’s “Aeneid”. No one in Troy believed her, and the horse was admitted in the city, with the known results for Troy.

When Troy fell to the Greeks, Cassandra tried to find a shelter in Athena’s Temple, but she was brutally abducted by Ajax and was brought to Agamemnon as a concubine. Cassandra died in Mycenae, murdered along with Agamemnon by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus.

(Source: Greek Mythology and Greek Myths)

Cassandra is actually a symbol of the curse and in some ways the first victim of mobbing, gender inequality  and sex abuse in history! It`s no exaggeration to say that! Sounds crazy, but it really is so. Here`re all elements:

  • She resented authority.
  • She has been punished by the authorities.
  • Her talents were ridiculed by the larger community.

This may be simplistic, but well-known scientists of today just using her image in science. Famous French Philosopher Gaston Bachelard named the syndrom in psychology, politics and science as a "Syndrom of Cassandra" , "Cassandra Syndrom" or "Cassandra Complex". This syndrom refer "to a belief that things could be known in advance" (Schapira, Laurie Layton (1988). The Cassandra complex: living with disbelief: a modern perspective on hysteria. Toronto, Canada: Inner City Books. ISBN 091912335X.) Also in psychology there is a lot of authors who have their learning dedicated to this issue such as: Melanie Klein, Laurie Layton Schapira, Jean Shinoda Bolen.

This is a very inspiring female character who could be very interesting for analyse and discussion with several aspects. Modern activist movements dealing with international relations, climate change, as well as the art of greatly evolving definition of this syndrome.

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