The Function of the Oblique (Son Gallery, London, June 19 2012)

No Fixed Abode is pleased to announce two events that will coincide with the current show at Son Gallery in Peckham, The Function of the Oblique; Action curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini.

AXIOMATIC PERCEPTIONS will position screenings of Graham Ellard and Stephen Johnstone’s works Neue Museen (2010) and Things to Come (2011), and Daniel Eisenberg’s film Displaced Person (1981) with guest speakers Daniel Eisenberg, Amanda Crawley Jackson, Gil Leung and Dan Smith.

The event aims to be an opportunity to reflect on how thinking through obliqueness requires us to look at the multiple dimensions of its conception – exactly what the oblique may represent as a tool to appropriate space and create instability, one that forces the body to adapt to disequilibrium and vertigo, raises the possibility of an oblique subject. Interestingly a notion of resistance seems to be of key importance to how a philosophical justification for the oblique may operate. Starting wide of the context of the oblique, the event will aim to position a discourse of horizontality, groundlessness and contingency – both physical and perceptive – to look towards an active, embodied philosophical space.

Graham Ellard and Stephen Johnstone are practising artists who have collaborated since 1993 and exhibit internationally. Graham Ellard is a Reader at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design; Stephen Johnstone is a Reader at Goldsmiths College, University of London. They both live in London.

Daniel Eisenberg has been making films and videos since 1976. His films have been screened throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. He lives and works in Chicago and is a Professor in the departments of Film/Video/New Media/Animation, and Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson lectures in the French Department at the University of Sheffield, where she specialises in the treatment of space in contemporary literature and visual arts from France and the French-speaking world.

Gil Leung is a writer, artist and curator based in London. She is Distribution Manager at LUX and editor of Versuch journal. She writes for Afterall and other independent publications.

Dr Dan Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory at Chelsea College of Art and Design. His interests are in history, the future and the disruption of the illusion of an ongoing present. His book Traces of Modernity, is published in June.

We would like to thank Attilia Fattori Franchini, Guy Robertson and Tom Saunderson at Son Gallery, and LUX for their support with this event.

No Fixed Abode

For more information, please visit http://www.songallery.co.uk/

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About PlastiCités
Amanda Crawley Jackson lectures in French at the University of Sheffield (UK). She specialises in existentialist philosophy, urban spatialities and contemporary visual arts from France and the French-speaking world.

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