ABSTRACT / This presentation provides a focused contextualization of key artworks and pieces of critical writing from Clintberg’s practice that employ writing and inscription as forms of hailing or interpellation. In many cases, writing here becomes a publicly distributed method for evoking interpersonal relationship, and is materialized through neon signage, fibre, or printed matter. The models of interpellation discussed here are influenced by the writings of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Judith Butler, who each explore how naming and hailing are methods of identity formation. The use of spatial language and prepositions in his work will also be discussed in connection to Sara Ahmed’s Queer Phenomenology. Particular attention will be given to the role of affect in critical writing and art practice.
BIOGRAPHY / Mark Clintberg is a Canadian artist, critic, art historian whose practice moves across boundaries of production and discourse. Presented across Canada and internationally, his works use a range of materials and actions, expanding concepts of authorship and collaboration. His work has appeared in exhibitions across Canada, including at the National Gallery of Canada, Banff Centre and the Art Gallery of Alberta and in the United States, Germany, and Portugal. In 2013 Clintberg was a shortlisted finalist for the Sobey Art Award, which annually recognizes the most notable talent amongst visual artists under 40 across Canada. As part of the performing and materialising art writing panel, Clintberg will discuss the various modes of written and spoken address which play through his artistic and critical work.
Performing and Materialising Art Writing
Christof Migone, Lisa Robertson, Mark Clintberg, Amy Fung
September 16, 11:00 – 12:50 PM
Engineered Air Theatre, 234 9 Avenue SW