I am not

I am not
quotation

quarta-feira, 30 de dezembro de 2009

redes sociais da net

Você facebooka?
Vale a pena - descobre-se coisas giras lá... e úteis.
Para já, tem lá uns álbuns de fotos minhas que já vão em quase 400...
procure em vitor manuel oliveira jorge
Cheguei à conclusão que ali tudo tem mais impacte do que num blogue...
hi5 e outras redes são para mim menos interessantes.
Um bom recurso para fotos é o olhares.com
Também já lá estou.
relembro meus links:

Very good photographic gallery in London











(thanks, Lesley, I'll be there next time)




terça-feira, 29 de dezembro de 2009

Associação Terra na Boca/Festival TRANSdisse 2009 em parceria com o Contagiarte apresentam: Festival Internacional de Cinema de Artes Performativas




(Frame retirado do filme)





Associação Terra na Boca/Festival TRANSdisse 2009 em parceria com o Contagiarte apresentam:

Festival Internacional de Cinema de Artes Performativas - Extensão da 1ª edição do FICAP decorrida em 2008, em Lisboa, com uma selecção de filmes de Frederico Corado.

Informe, Documentário de Eva Ângelo
30 de Dezembro
22h30
Contagiarte - Porto
Rua Álvares Cabral, 372





INFORME
A partir da visita a diferentes fases da produção da performance INVENTÁRIO, de Joclécio Azevedo, INFORME é um olhar sobre esta criação, dando espaço à subjectividade da realizadora enquanto observadora para construir um percurso paralelo.

um filme com | anaïs bouts, joana bergano, joclécio azevedo, tiago barbosa e vera mota
captação e pós-produção audio | quico serrano
operação de câmara | joão paulo nunes e ricardo costa
retroversão e tradução | rui costa santos
realização e edição | eva ângelo
co-produção | alfândega filmes e núcleo de experimentação coreográfica
produção executiva | joana ventura e mafalda couto soares
agradecimentos | horácio fernandes, jorge neves, manuela ferreira e salomé neves

Montemor-o-novo, Porto e Lisboa © 2006-2007

A partir da performance INVENTÁRIO
Co- Produção | Culturgest / o espaço do tempo
Projecto financiado pelo Ministério da Cultura / Instituto das Artes



FICAP é uma organização da Entrar em Palco ˆ Associação Cultural com a colaboração do Museu Nacional do Teatro

Mais informações:

http://terranaboca-associaocultural.blogspot.com

http://www.contagiarte.pt

www.contentor.org

O NEC é uma estrutura financiada pelo MC/DGArtes


NEC

Fábrica Social - Rua da Fábrica Social, s/n

4000-201 Porto

Tel. 225188522 / Tlm. 961424668 :: 913211428

nec@nec.co.pt

www.nec.co.pt

segunda-feira, 28 de dezembro de 2009

Civilisation and Fear. Writing and the Subject/s of Ideology




The Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, University of Silesia

The Committee on Literature Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences


Civilisation and Fear


Writing and the Subject/s of

Ideology



http://www.fear.us.edu.pl



Conference Call for Papers


22-25 September 20l0


Ustron, Poland

And I will show you something different from either

Your shadow at morning striding behind you

Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;

I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

(T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land, ll.27-3O)



What Eliot voices here is, no doubt, his fear and, simultaneously, concern about the

prospects of European civilisation as he saw it in the first decades of the 2Oth c. Eliot’s lines

carry eschatological overtones, too. Do we fear the end of our civilisation, or the condition it

has reached at present? What is the connection between fear and civilisation? Are we still

waiting for the barbarians? Do we have more fear of the real or the virtual? Should we,

perhaps, opt for the positive senses of fear whose presence may testify to the mystery

human life is, or brings to light the limitations which human life involves? Can we

possibly conquer our fears by writing about them, and redefining their sources? Aren’t we –

as individuals, citizens, family members, superiors and inferiors, natives and strangers,

bodies and spirits – our own fears writ large?

This call for papers is not intended to alarm or intimidate anyone. We extend a cordial invitation to all scholars who take genuine interest in any of the issues raised in the title of the conference as well as those listed below. Our aim is to address a multiplicity of concerns which often coincide and intersect in modern discourses (including literary and cultural studies, psychology, sociology, religious studies, art and others). However, we propose to consider writing (both literary and non-literary) as a window onto, and a meeting ground for, the following themes:

· Arts & literature: the future of arts; literatures of terror; artistic (literary) modes (genres)

of terror; the terrific/horrific sublime; (limits of) self-fashioning and self-expression;

anxiety of influence in the age of parody, travesty and appropriation

· Civilisation & technology: fear of modernisation & of acceleration; clashes of

civilisations; the fearful interplay between culture and nature; man vis-à-vis machine (e.g.,

threats to humanness, simulacra of the human as source of anxiety, “new” humanity)

· Politics & ideology: enslavement, subjection, subordination through discourses; the

“fearful asymmetry”: discourses & practices of the modern state (intersections of the

political and the personal); democracy, liberty(ies), religion: from orthodoxy to

fundamentalism and back, the self of ideology

· Discourses: thanatophobia and the postmodern condition; religious studies as a

necessary/contingent by-product of recent traumas; fear and/of metaphysics; power and its

institutions as forces prescribing discourses of the self

· Identity / the self: phobias of exposure to fear and trauma; the threatened/shifting selfhood

& competing models of subjectivity; the sub/un/conscious; the Lacanian Real

We invite all delegates to deliver 20-minute presentations. Abstracts of the

presentations should not exceed 200 words and should be submitted

electronically to civilizationandfear@gmail.com by March 31, 2010.

For further details please visit: http://www.fear.us.edu.pl

Registration

The registration form will be attached to the first Circular (to be sent to prospective participants in April) and will be also available from our website. The registration fee will not exceed $150 (inclusive of access to all conference events, delegate bag, mid-session refreshments, seminar room hire, and the publication of conference proceedings). As you receive this, our negotiations with prospective sponsors are under way, and we expect to be able to reduce the fee. You will be notified of any alterations in this regard.

Organisers

Institute of English Cultures and Literatures

University of Silesia

ul. S. Grota-Roweckiego 5

41-205 Sosnowiec

Poland

in cooperation with

The Committee on Literature Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences

Chair of the Organising Committee

Prof. Wojciech Kalaga

Secretary of the Organising Committee

Anna Chromik

civilizationandfear@gmail.com

Plenary speakers

Prof. Agata Bielik-Robson – IFiS, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Prof. Jeremy Tambling – University of Manchester, UK

Prof. Horst Ruthrof – Murdoch University, Australia

Venue

The conference will take place in Ustroń, Poland. Details will be included in the conference circulars. We

estimate that full board and accommodation should not exceed 150 PLN per day (ca $50). Detailed get-to

information will be posted in the forthcoming circular.

Contact us at: civilizationandfear@gmail.com

For further details please visit: http://www.fear.us.edu.pl





Endoscopias


Que Natal ! Passei-o a fazer dieta para poder hoje ir submeter-me a exame de rotina, uma endoscopia alta e baixa (com anestesia, safa!). Felizmente tudo mais ou menos OK, nada de grave.
Grave foi ontem todo o dia em jejum, e a beber quatro litros quatro de um líquido horrível, indispensável à preparação, que dá pelo nome de Klean-Prep. Poucos aguentam tal dose, bebida às goladas (no meu caso entre as 18 h de ontem e as 9 de hoje...).
Já passou e já não é a primeira vez.
Não deu foi para leituras muito profundas... valeu-me o facebook, onde pus centenas de fotos!


domingo, 27 de dezembro de 2009

Constellations of objects

Call for papers for the conference:
Constellations of objects: interactive material worlds

to be held at the Pitt Rivers Museum, 5th June 2010.

The concept of assemblage seems axiomatic and is ingrained within archaeological terminology. Following the upsurge of interest in material culture studies, materiality, material agency and human-object engagements more generally, we wish to move beyond assemblage as a descriptive term for aggregates of objects to focus more specifically on how material assemblages are created, enacted and recreated over time.
The affective properties of objects in the singular has attracted much discussion; we wish to build upon this work by considering how objects act together as a group. What is the role of objects in the creation of aesthetic environments? Are aesthetic environments created through object interrelations and what role does intentionality and serendipity play in the process? Are the affective properties of assemblages natural – and thus enduring – or socially contingent? In which case, are the decisions that governed the creation of assemblages in the past recoverable in the material record as it is manifested in the present? What is our role in the re-imagining of ancient assemblages? Can there be a phenomenology of aesthetic sensibility that is valid and rigorous?

We invite papers that explore these themes in any time and in any place. Participants may like to consider them from the following perspectives:
(i) the decisions that determine the inclusion or exclusion of particular objects within specific sacred, secular or funerary environments;
(ii) the ways in which assemblages may be added to or subtracted from at different points in their life-cycle: from enactment to the point of the trowel and beyond into the museum environment; (iii) and, following the last point, how authentic our recreations of object constellations and their charismatic affect can ever be.

The organisers expect to publish presented papers in a peer-reviewed proceedings volume.

Charge: £15:00, including refreshments and wine reception.

Please submit abstracts by 31/01/2010.

Abstracts and enquiries should be sent to:
Alice Stevenson, Pitt Rivers Museum, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PP.
Linda Hulin, Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 5BE.



Dr Linda Hulin
Research Associate
Oriental Institute/Institute of Archaeology
University of Oxford
UK
Linda Hulin linda.hulin@orinst.ox.ac.uk

International Festival of Archaeological Film - Rovereto, Italy

We would like to inform You that in the next edition (4th-9th October
2010) of our International Festival of Archaeological Film the main
theme will be the new researches and discoveries of the international archaeology and the archaeology of the Italian civilization.
But this is not the only theme!The Festival is open to any film in the
fields of archaeological, historical, palethnological and
anthropological research and to any documentary aimed at preserving
and valuing the cultural heritage.
All films selected for our Festival can receive the "Città di
Rovereto-Archeologia Viva" Prize given by the public to the most
appreciated film.


Deadline for the inscription: 20th APRIL 2010


It will be appreciate all the possible informations about film
productions on these subjects or about the new productions.

NEWS! In the wake of www.sperimentarea.tv, a web channel managed by the Town Museum of Rovereto, we invite you to have a look at www.archeologiaviva.tv a web channel wholly dedicated to archaeology. The editorial staff is managed by Archeolgia Viva whereas the institutional, technical and administrative aspects are managed by Gruppo Giunti Editore and the Town Museum of Rovereto (The Town Council of Rovereto). Archeologia Viva TV features mainly news and the latest developments of international archaeological research. It also features all of the conversations-interviews in archaeological research which have been filmed and recorded in past festivals in Rovereto, and of course films about the millenary history of man and the ancient world. It is an exacting challenge and service. We do not have economic or commercial aims but we can indirectly create opportunities for the film productions that need promotion and visibility. We also really hope you will take part with your films!


Kind regards

Dario Di Blasi - Festival Director
Francesca Maffei - Festival Organizer

Rassegna Internazionale del Cinema Archeologico
Museo Civico di Rovereto
Borgo Santa Caterina 43
38068 Rovereto (Tn)
Italy
tel/phone +39 0464 439055
fax +39 0464 439487
e-mail: a:Rassegna@MuseoCivico.rovereto.tn.it

cc:darayava@tin.it
www.museocivico.rovereto.tn.it
Web Tv: www.sperimentarea.tv
www.archeologiaviva.tv

Overcoming the Modern Invention of Material Culture - book review

http://eja.sagepub.com

European Journal of Archaeology

DOI: 10.1177/14619571070100020705

European Journal of Archaeology 2007; 10; 231

Marisa Lazzari


Book Review: V. Oliveira Jorge and J. Thomas, eds, Overcoming the

Modern Invention of Material Culture. (Porto: ADECAP, Journal of Iberian

Archaeology 9[10], 2006_2007, Special Issue)

http://eja.sagepub.com

The online version of this article can be found at:

Published by:

http://www.sagepublications.com

On behalf of:

European Association of Archaeologists

Citations http://eja.sagepub.com/cgi/content/refs/10/2-3/231



____________

V. Oliveira Jorge and J. Thomas, eds, Overcoming

the Modern Invention of Material Culture. (Porto:

ADECAP, Journal of Iberian Archaeology 9[10],

2006–2007, Special Issue)

This volume addresses the long overdue question

of the dualism underlying the expression

‘material culture’, a concept that has dominated

much of archaeological research over

the last decades, while coming to designate a

new field of interdisciplinary academic

inquiry. The editors duly introduce the volume

by addressing the fact that words are

never innocent. The words we choose engender

social categories and taxonomies, therefore

discussing and revising conceptual labels are

never self-indulgent intellectual exercises but

a constitutive aspect of any research agenda.

Collected here are the presentations given at

the 2006 TAG meeting in Exeter. An article by

Ingold (2007), who was also the discussant,

was pre-circulated among the participants.

This enabled the authors to engage more thoroughly

with Ingold’s critique of the distinction

between a ‘material’ and a ‘cultural’ order

implied in the term, and the seemingly spurious

attempts to overcome it that are concealed

in the now increasingly popular term ‘materiality’

as a background for their discussions.

Undoubtedly Ingold (2000, 2007) has been

one of the main voices rising against the delusions

of modernity’s dichotomous thinking,

and his ideas are insightful and operative in

pushing the discipline forward. Yet there is

largely a suspicious attitude, as if archaeologists

and other scholars concerned with materials

required a ‘detective’ to highlight the

tracks of taken-for-granted categories. This

suspiciousness is a common thread uniting the

articles, as most of the chapters open by indicating

how previous or current approaches to

things are ‘still modern’ even when claiming

not to be so, before outlining their proposed

ways to move forward. However, one of the

greatest shortcomings of this otherwise worthy

endeavour is the fact that only a few articles

address this question through an engagement

with materials.

Many of the chapters that do engage with

materials seem to use them as excuses for discussing

theoretical positions in ways that

remain more declamatory than interpretive

and, in general, the book does not provide the

reader with an adequate sense of the unavoidable

presence of materials in past worlds.

While authors steadfastly reiterate that things

are ‘gatherings’, ‘bundles of relations’, or ‘convergences’,

they are nevertheless relegated to

the background of these exciting ideas. This

contradiction at the heart of the book reminds

us of earlier projects in archaeology, and

presages a deeper question.

Indeed, this agenda seems in line with early

postprocessual critique, when the ‘archaeological

unconscious’ was the preferred target of

analysis and the tangible order somehow

receded in the background, as an excuse or

entry point to talk about meaningful human

action in both the past and the present. As I

have just said, whilst the critique of categories

is necessary work and thus constitutive of our

craft (and I have engaged in such a tracking

myself), one wonders whether the project is

running counter to its own propositions. For if

our knowledge of the world is embodied, and

thinking does not take place outside our

involvement in the world, one must assume

that binary categories are somehow a part of

our intersubjective, embodied existence. That

is, binaries may not only be a manifestation of

hegemonic thinking, but also a part of how we

experience the world in which we are brought

into being. Therefore, how can we claim to

‘overcome’ them? And isn’t this aspiration to

overcome historically given notions intrinsically

dialectical and modern? This means that

since our resources are polluted, the critical

examination of the conditions and parameters

of knowledge production is necessarily a collective

endeavour. Yet this can only work effectively

if we find ways of not only discussing,

but also of researching and writing that fully

embrace materials and their complexities.

The relevant question is perhaps how to

deconstruct the categories in ways that are

more sensitive to the experience of other

societies (as well as our own), while avoiding

the pitfalls of either reifying difference (both

in the past and the present), or seamlessly

connecting the past and present in genealogies

of endurance.

One of the preferred paths chosen by the

authors has been to use ethnography as suggestive

of potentialities in human societies.

Although offering new understandings that are

helpful in highlighting the richness of human

experience beyond what has been delineated

by Modernity, many times the ideas put forward

by these works are discussed without

fully engaging with their relevance to the contexts

under study. In other words, a lifeworld –

formed by elements of various kinds – may

afford particular material textures that may or

may not be similar to what the particular

archaeological context we study discloses.

Whilst ethnography allows us to think differently

about our materials, we need to go further

and actually trace the assemblages and

gatherings of things, and the relations that create

the very fabric of things. Admittedly, this

task exceeds the limits imposed by the conference

format, but some chapters in the volume

have managed to introduce interesting discussions

weaving practices and materials seamlessly

despite space limitations (e.g. chapters by

Hoffman; Lynch; TroncosoM.).

This might be related to a limited view of

materiality, which seems to be understood as a

discursive mask preventing us from seeing that

things emerge from a field of relations and

incorporate in their formthe processes by which

they come into being. ‘Materials’ (or ‘artefacts’:

Ingold 2000:340–348, 2007) is a good-enough

word to describe such a process. ‘Material culture’

assumes that materiality (as physicality) is

impenetrable, only wrapped around by culture

(as the imposition of meaning), and in this view,

the recent use ofmateriality in social theory continues

this understanding.

This is of course a very valid point that

may never be covered satisfactorily by any

single perspective. Although this could be

accused of spinning the discussion into superficial

semantics, I have argued elsewhere that

materiality is a necessary word to address the

relationality of the world (Lazzari 2005). It

implies a different way of conceiving the tangible,

beyond function and technicality,

but including the capacities of the physical

properties of things to modify human perception

and action. Artefacts help us enter beyond

the physical into the realm of the imaginary in

the sense of Merleau Ponty (1975), that is, as

generated by lived bodies rather than

detached consciousnesses. In this sense, the

tangible is not something to be transcended in

order to create meaning. In line with what

most of the authors of the book argue, the tangible

is itself an emergent property of myriad

lived relations of various orders and kinds. Yet

unlike many of the authors, materiality as a

concept enables our immersion in such orders

and kinds without forgetting the tangible. Our

thick descriptions of past lifestyles should

engage with the full life of artefacts, even

when their various performances as active

bodies may have been apparently contradictory.

This requires overcoming traditional separations

between classes of materials; only in

relation to each other (and to other elements

of the lifeworld) do artefacts reveal their

multiplicity. Thus carefully tracked interrelations

between material classes and past practices

may reveal the multi-layered nature of

artefacts (e.g. as ambiguous performers caught

between representational projects and their

dissolution). Such an angle may be missed

from an analysis that focuses on single material

classes that only have dialogue with contemporary

ethnography (cf. Alberti’s critique

in the volume).

The concern about the relational constitution

of the tangible and the multiplicity of

things has a long and more complex genealogy

than the authors seem to accept. Merleau Ponty

(2000:163) proposed the continuity of bodies

and things in the fabric of the world. Lefebvre

(1991:222) described things as textures, nodes in

fields of relation; a lived fabric of rhythms and

relationships learned and understood through

praxis. Also Mauss (1968 [1939]), often taken as

a ‘suspect’ of Cartesianism, preceded recent

inquiries into the etymology of the word ‘matter’,

highlighting the animated and relational

understandings that had been erased by modern

thinking. Even Marx – another suspect –

disclosed like few others the absurd operations

behind the conceptual separation of mind and

matter (Marx 1977; see Stallybrass 1998).

Deleuze and Guattari (1987:21) called

dualisms ‘the necessary enemy, the furniture

we are forever rearranging’. Overcoming our

entrenched conceptualizations of the world is

an ongoing project that travels back and forth,

therefore all efforts should be welcome. This

volume succeeds at introducing a necessary

discussion and encourages a promising disciplinary

shift toward relational ontology; yet

by keeping materials in the background it may

undermine the broader impact, both in the

discipline and beyond, that it seeks to achieve.

REFERENCES

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University ofMinnesota Press.

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Environment: Essays on Livelihood, Dwelling and

Skill. London: Routledge.

INGOLD, T., 2007. Materials against materiality.

Archaeological Dialogues 14(1):1–16.

LAZZARI, M., 2005. The texture of things:

Objects, people and social spaces in NW

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(ed.), Archaeologies of Materiality: 126–161.

Oxford: Blackwell.

LEFEBVRE, H., 1991. The Production of Space.

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Marisa Lazzari

Department of Archaeology,

University of Exeter, UK

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