Shut Up (Preambles and Postfaces)
ABSTRACT / In 2008 I attended the Banff International Curatorial Institute Symposium. Towards the end of the conference, Matthew Higgs used his presentation time to pass around the microphone to all the participants asking them to respond to the prompt of what part of the conference had impacted them most thus far. Attendees numbered close to a hundred, I was in the last row. So by the time the mic reached me a lot had been said, I felt the need to skip my turn without retreating altogether, to take the moment of speaking as a moment of listening, to unsay somehow. So I said “What has impacted most so far is everything that has been said up until now and all that will be said once I pass this mic.” This presentation will be an instructional on how to shut up productively. A consideration of the imperative to listen. A quieting aloud. A sonics of silence. An artist talk by a talk artist that would prefer not to. A reflection on erasure and effacement, negation and mutism. A reflection on how these states of willed nullification, and the bemusement they engender, might serve as some of the pre- and post- conditions of possibility for change, however minueted.
BIOGRAPHY / Christof Migone is a Canadian artist, curator and writer known for his multifaceted practice that moves between textual, performative and sonic realms. Presented across Canada and internationally, including in 2012 when he performed as part of the Whitney Biennial, his work encourages audiences to reconsider the material and conceptual limits and potentials of language. He received his MFA from NSCAD and his PhD from the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts of NYU. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Western Ontario. As part of the performing and materializing art writing panel, Migone will discuss the various modes in which writing is investigated through his artistic and critical work.
Performing and Materialising Art Writing
Christof Migone, Lisa Robertson, Mark Clintberg, Amy Fung
September 16, 11:00 – 12:50PM
Engineered Air Theatre, 234 9 Avenue SW