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BETWEEN WHO Series 2: Shelly Silver
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The Public School, New York presents Between Who: Shelly Silver.

Though Silver is primarily known as an artist working with the moving image, the program’s three events will eschew the typical screening format. Instead, Silver has invited performances, talks and other contributions from artists with whom she has collaborated in the past. Each event will address concerns present in her films and highlight the social and theoretical communities of which she is a part. Filmic historiography, contemporary modes of feminist discourse, and the penis, concept and organ, will be addressed through the following formats:

 

December 13, 7pm: What We Know About Penises

An evening of reflection, collaboration, song, image and acting (out) inspired by the book What I Know About Penises, by Shelly Silver. The event will be a collective ode to this oft-overlooked, overworked and humble part of a body. Intrepid contributors to the evening include:Anna Craycroft, Tom Kalin, Cassandra X. Guan, Kathy High, Pam Lins, Ulrike Müller, Brian Teare, Thomas Love, Terese Svoboda, Akram Zaatari, Lior Shvill, Maureen Connor, Jessica Ann Peavy, Steve Reinke, Ronnie Bass, Ulrike Mueller, Dennis Adams, Ellen Harvey, Robert Buck, Lydia Conklin, and more.  More.

In 2009, Shelly Silver wrote an essay for an artist book called “What I know about penises.” Based on Chapter 5, “It’s Easy to Draw a Penis.”, she invited a group of artists, poets, playwrights and otherwise interested parties to contribute. The book was published by onestar press in 2012, with contributions from: Dennis Adams, Ronnie Bass, Zoe Beloff, Sanford Biggers, Andrea Blum, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Robert Buck, Lydia Conklin, Anna Craycroft, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Rochelle Feinstein, Rainer Ganahl, Grady Gebracht, Gran Fury, Cassandra X. Guan, Barbara Hammer, Ellen Harvey, Kathy High, Emily Jacir, Jon Kessler, Dirk Lebahn, Young Jean Lee, Nora Ligorano, Pam Lins, Charles Long, M+M, Maureen McLane, Eline McGeorge, John Miller, Ulrike Müller, Eugene Ostashevsky, Jessica Ann Peavy, Jenny Perlin, Steve Reinke, Aura Rosenberg, Julia Scher, Mira Schor, Lior Shvil, Amy Sillman, Gabriel Silver, Gwen Smith, Michael Smith, Haim Steinbach, River Steinbach, Steel Stillman, Elisabeth Subrin, Kunie Sugiura, Terese Svoboda, Brian Teare, Momoyo Torimitsu, Thomas Witschonke, Bruce Yonemoto, Monica Youn, Akram Zaatari, and Florian Zeyfang. Click here for more info on the book, and here to download a pdf.

 

Saturday, February 1, 6pm: YOUNGGIRLMANCHILD
The Public School
155 Freeman St, Brooklyn

The second in the three-part series Between Who: Shelly Silver, where Silver invites artist Jordan Lord to initiate an event around two texts: Theory of the Young-Girl and "Theory of the Man-Child."

Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl is a text that has circulated among anarchists and art world audiences since it was first written by the anonymous French collective Tiqqun in 1999. Unofficially distributed for years as a free English translation, the book was finally published in the US in an authoritative translation by Ariana Reines in 2012. Tiqqun argues that Empire, under the aegis of global capitalism, has produced a self-surveilling regime of consumption and alienation, which has been perfected in the figure of the Young-Girl. Mimicking (and parodying) the language and fonts of women's magazines in a series of epithets, many of which are overtly misogynistic, the text attempts to perform a détournement on the ideology that produces this subject. They argue that the Young-Girl, despite being literally female, is "obviously not a gendered concept."

In Mal Ahern and Moira Weigel's essay, "Further Materials Toward a Theory of the Man-Child" (2013), the writers put forth their own defining figure of our time—the Man-Child—a term they use to expose the latent sexism and supremacy that inheres in privileged, male use/abuse of irony and which they apply as much to Tiqqun as to "the nice guy in your grad-school program." 

Attempting to unpack these two texts, the evening will consist of a group of writers, artists, and teachers each performing their own reading of a passage from YG or MC. The readings will take many different forms, including performance, video, images, and writing. Everyone present is encouraged to offer their own reading of what's been written, what's said, and what's performed. Printouts will be available at the event.

The evening will consider the questions raised by the texts, the assumptions and positions that generated them, and will attempt to offer different ways to respond and to think through the seeming impasse they present.

Readers include:

Anicka Yi, Arias Abbruzzi Davis, Cameron Rowland, Carissa Rodriguez, Constantina Zavitsanos with Amalle Dublon & Aliza Shvarts, Daniel Chew, Emmy Levitas, Hong-Kai Wang, Jacob King, Jordan Lord, Lise Soskolne, Nova Benway, Park McArthur, Shelly Silver, Tavish Miller

Between Who is an ongoing series organized by Nova Benway at The Public School New York, examining relationships between artistic practices and pedagogy.

Though Shelly Silver is primarily known as an artist working with the moving image, Between Who: Shelly Silver’s three events will eschew the typical screening format. Instead, Silver has invited performances, talks and other contributions from artists with whom she has collaborated in the past. Each event will address concerns present in her films and highlight the social and theoretical communities of which she is a part. Silver and Lord shared an interest in the YGMC texts, and both were part of an exhibition and publication project, The Politics of Friendship, inspired by YG and MC.

 

TBD: The Filmballad of Mamadada

In the summer of 2012, Lily Benson and Cassandra Guan invited Shelly Silver, and 49 other filmmakers/artists/writers/interested parties to collaborate on a film of the life of the legendary feminist, dadaist, lesbian, proto-punk and provocateur Baroness Elsa Von Freytag-Loringhoven. Elsa’s legacy has long stood in the shadow of the male artists of the period but now in the resulting epic, The Filmballad of Mamadada she returns, thanks to the kaleidoscopic portrait made by over 50 young artists who, entirely in her spirit, have contributed a fragment to the total picture along the lines of the surrealistic 'exquisite corpse' model.

Between Who is an ongoing series organized by Nova Benway at The Public School New York, examining the relationships between artistic practices and pedagogy.

 

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