poster download: ISA may 2016
Anish Kapoor’s large public sculpture exhibited last summer at Versailles, Dirty Corner, elicited a series of violations. These violations were the consequence of the rallying together of a set of myths whose excessive forces smashed up against each other, filtered through each other, and then erupted into an extremist expression that didn’t quite make sense. Why would Kapoor’s giant sculpture of Queen Marie Antoinette’s open vagina, set in the middle of the gardens at Versailles, bring forth Anti-Semitic vandalism? This question has persisted in my mind ever since the second case of vandalism occurred upon Dirty Corner, in September 2015. The first defacement consisted of yellow paint sprayed across the sculpture, an angry response to the insult to the nation of which Kapoor was accused. When the spray paint was cleaned off, vandals got even angrier, the formerly aggressive sprayed paint graduating into explicitly Anti-Semitic language. My paper seeks to prise apart the knot of myths that seems to have come together sheerly through the realised potential of its component forces, notably, misogyny, nationalism, and Anti-Semitism.
“uploaded it to mixcloud with an excellent picture of a Camus quote I once came across on the back of a record in Redruth.”
thanks Neil for the recording of ‘Happy Birthday ISA’ sung in monotone by multiple voices (instigated by Andrew Marsden)
pics so far…
and big thanks for the birthday present – a marvelous hand painted ISA Venn sign for the Gluvias gate (pic of that to follow) – lovely
Happy New Year to all, here’s to another bout of experimental necessity & un/melodious mayhem:) kicking of in January with a session curated by Dom Allen, line-up to follow…
poster download:ISA SESSIONS jan 2016 pdf