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Artaud. The Body As A Site Of Interdisciplinarity

Artaud. The Body As A Site Of Interdisciplinarity

Who was Antonin Artaud? Commonly known as a playwright, poet, drug ad-dict, scenario writer, actor, schizophrenic and director, who was this man, who attracted and inspired people as diverse as Charles Bukowski, Jim Morrison, Deleuze & Guattari, Konami and Climax Studios (the makers of the horror videogame Silent hill: origins), Jacques Derrida and Fassbinder? How are we to understand the ideas of the author of Van Gogh, the man suicided by society, the radio play To have done with the judgement of God, and of the originator of the concept of The theatre of cruelty?
Artaud believed that the theatre should affect the audience as much as possible. In this context he developed his concept of cruelty aiming at the restoration in theatre of a passionate and convulsive conception of life. Cruelty is however also a philosophical concept. In Artaud's view suffering is essential to existence, and since body and mind are not separate entities, the suffering will manifest itself in and through the body. For Artaud, the body is the site where all facets of life become visual.
This lecture series will bring together artists, translators, filmmakers, critics and many others to explore the life and impact of Antonin Artaud, the man who was to dead white male literature what rabies is to pet grooming, and about as welcome as a cup of cold vomit on a hot day.

Moderated by Simon Ferdinando. Simon Ferdinando is an artist-curator who lives and works in Amsterdam. Born in Mombassa, Kenya he studied fine art at Goldsmiths College 1984-1988, but first encountered Artaud in the exhibition 'Aftermath 1945-1954. New images of man' at the Barbican Gallery in London in 1982. He is currently preparing an academic study on Artaud, Bacon and Van Gogh.

 

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