D’un discours qui ne serait pas du semblant / Actors, Networks, Theories

D’un discours qui ne serait pas du semblant / Actors, Networks, Theories

Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia University

Resistance (Anti-Baudrillard), view of the exhibition
organized by Group Material (Julie Ault, Doug Ashford,
Tim Rollins), White Columns, New York, February 6–28,1987.
Photograph: Ken Schles. Courtesy of Group Material.
November 14, 2013
D’un discours qui ne serait pas du semblant / Actors, Networks, Theories

November 14, 2013–January 25, 2014

Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery
Concordia University
1400, boul. de Maisonneuve West
Montreal, Québec
H3G 1M8


In collaboration with Dazibao
Curator: Vincent Bonin

Berwick Street Collective, Andrea Fraser, Andrea Fraser and Jeff Preiss, Group Material, Peter Halley, International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa, Gareth James, Mary Kelly, Karen Knorr, Jon Knowles, Thérèse Mastroiacovo, Anthony McCall and Claire Pajaczkowska, Anne-Marie Miéville and Jean-Luc Godard, Philip Monk, Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen, Yvonne Rainer, Ian Wallace

November 14, 2013–January 25, 2014

A gap always manifest itself between the publication of a text in one language and that of its translation, or between the inaugural presentation of an artwork in one context and its display in a second.

In this project, presented in two installments, the first at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery of Concordia University and the second at the artist-run center Dazibao, curator Vincent Bonin addresses a manifestation of this phenomena of deferred reception: the way in which a body of theoretical texts by French philosophers was assimilated in Anglophone art milieus from the late 1970s to the present. However, Bonin maps this trajectory of  “French Theory” in an indexical way by alluding to the communities of elective affinities formed by artists, critics and curators during the parenthesis of postmodernism (1977–1990).

D’un discours is divided up into five groupings that correspond to the five exhibition areas of the gallery. They are connected together so as to emphasize the already existing links between the protagonists rather than arbitrary spatial or thematic cohabitation. Two of these groupings are devoted to exhibitions organized by artists (Group Material, Mark Lewis and Geoff Miles). Following this strategy, the narrative that unfolded around the inaugural presentation of some works is juxtaposed to their new instantiation (Andrea Fraser, Gareth James). Commissioned projects by Jon Knowles and Thérèse Mastroiacovo take into account questions overlooked by this attempt at a historiography.

The exhibition is made possible with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Events presented in conjunction with the exhibition:

Meet the Curator
Vincent Bonin
Saturday November 23 at 3 pm
At the Gallery
Free admission

Wednesday November 27 at 6pm:
Johanne Lamoureux and Vincent Bonin
Saturday December 7 at 3pm:
Sherry Simon and Vincent Bonin
Wednesday January 15 at 6pm:
Sylvano Santini, Will Straw, and Vincent Bonin
At the Gallery
Free admission

January 11, 17, 18
Presentations by Vincent Bonin and Rosanna Maule
Works by Berwick Street Collective, Anthony McCall and Claire
Pajaczkowska, Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen
At J.A. de Sève Cinema
Free admission
More information on activities and events on our website

General information: T +514 848 2424 ext. 4750, www.ellengallery.concordia.ca
Events & tours: Marina Polosa, T +514 848-2424 ext. 4778 [email protected]
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