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Saidiya Hartman and Tina Campt - Telling Impossible Stories - 11 and 12 April 2019


Telling Impossible Stories

Spring Symposium with

Saidiya Hartman and Tina Campt


IKL Doctoral Studies in Philosophy and PhD in Practice, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

How do we tell impossible stories, and how do we listen to images of intentionally muted subjects? When we look at photographs of the horrors of slavery, or when we confront depictions of the violence that continues to constitute black live today, how do we tell the stories nesting at the limits of the unspeakable and the unknown? Can careful looking, attentive listening and critical fabulation contribute to the experiments in freedom that unfold in slavery’s shadow? How can we attune all our senses to the different affective frequencies and tell different stories, as we tell stories differently?

Thursday, April 11th, 6pm

mumok cinema, mumok, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna

public lecture by Saidiya Hartman, Columbia University, New York:

„An Experiment with the Chorus“

The lecture will consider the role of artistic, creative and speculative method as a critical practice intended to challenge the constraints of the given and to imagine a new planetary scheme.

Friday, April 12th, 10am 

IKL Karl Schweighofer Gasse 3, 1070 Viennaroom 3.06

public lecture by Tina Campt, Barnard Center for Research on Women, New York:

„Prelude to a New Black Gaze“

What is a “black gaze”? This talk is both an invitation and a provocation to reflect on our current moment of diasporic countervisuality by engaging some of the new critical visual vocabularies with which black artists are confronting their audiences, and the radical practices of refusal their work is creating.

Organization: Anette Baldauf, Elke Gaugele and Elke Krasny, co-funded by FWF (DOC 39) and Center for Doctoral Studies.

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