Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Eye and Mind

Dorothy Cross

Lecture by Róisín O'Gorman (Drama and Theatre Studies): 'Casting Shadows in Mud, Myth and Memory (Ana Mendieta, Dorothy Cross and William Kentridge)'

This presentation will look at work by William Kentridge, Dorothy Cross, and Ana Mendieta to understand how they provoke awareness of seeing as a relentless activity, constantly shaped by the (often) invisible forces of technology, history and affect. In examples such as Kentridge’s Black Box (2005), Cross’s Medusae (2003) and Mendieta’s Silueta Series (1970s-80s) they puncture habits of perception as they play with the processes, technologies and mythologies of seeing. Working with the aesthetics and languages of shadows they flip the dominant modes of a culture still caught in the thrall of the Enlightenment and its positivist politics. The camera and the eye often function to elide the failures of perception, offering glossy truths and impenetrable images of perfection. Kentridge, Cross, and Mendieta instead use the failures within seeing to expose the dark fissures in perception and the destructive consequences of that elision. Eye and Mind is an interdisciplinary research forum involving those working in different departments at University College Cork, as well as artists, curators, poets and independent scholars from outside the university community. It is focused upon the subject of art, vision and visual culture, broadly described. Eye and Mind offers the opportunity for papers to be presented to an informed and diverse audience, so as to benefit from the reactions of people with expertise in different disciplines. Eye and Mind provides a space for rigorous and imaginative intellectual exchange, as well as to develop connections between individuals involved in the cultural life of Cork.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 6.30 - 8.00pm
Location: River Room, Lewis Glucksman Gallery
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Ed Krcma

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