AV: Performance by Vanessa Place

  • Panel Discussion
  • Performance

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Performance & Discussion with: Vanessa PlaceMichael Eng, and Jamieson Webster.

Vanessa Place debuted her performance of <i>Botched Execution</i>. Michael Eng and Jamieson Webster discussed Place’s work in AV from the perspectives of sound art, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and the metaphysics of the Real and the Imagined.

About the participants

Michael Eng is Associate Professor of Philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH. He taught previously in the Program in Critical and Visual Studies at Pratt Institute and served also as co-director of Pratt’s International Summer Seminar in Architecture and Urban Design. His research focuses on the relationship between aesthetics and subjectivization, and he has written on the works of Jean-Luc Godard, Renée Green, Knut Åsdam, and Haroon Mirza. His essays have appeared most recently in the collections Race, Philosophy, and Film (Routledge 2013), The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas (2013), and The Salt Companion to Charles Bernstein (2013), as well as in Leonardo Music Journal, Deleuze Studies, and Comparative and Continental Philosophy. He is currently completing two book manuscripts titled The Scene of the Voice: Language and the Aisthēsis of Finitude and The Sense of the Image: The Metaphysical Imaginary in Cinema, Art, and Architecture.

The Boston Review called Vanessa Place “the spokesperson for the new cynical avant-garde,” the Huffington Post characterized her work as “ethically odious,” while philosopher and critic Avital Ronell said she is “a leading voice in contemporary thought.” Vanessa Place was the first poet to perform as part of the Whitney Biennial; a content advisory was posted. Other exhibition work has appeared at Denver Museum of Contemporary Art; the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; The Power Plant, Toronto; the Broad Museum, East Lansing; and Cage 83 Gallery, New York. Selected recent performance venues include Museum of Modern Art, New York; Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art; Andre Bely Center, St. Petersburg, Russia; Kunstverein, Cologne; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Frye Art Gallery, Seattle; the Sorbonne; and De Young Museum, San Francisco. Recent books include BoycottStatement of FactsNotes on Conceptualisms, co-authored with Robert Fitterman, and her translation of Guantanamo, by French poet Frank Smith. Place also works as a critic and criminal defense attorney, and is CEO of VanessaPlace Inc, the world’s first poetry corporation. 

Jamieson Webster, PhD is a psychoanalyst in private practice where she works with children, adolescents, and adults. She is on the faculty at Eugene Lang, supervises doctoral students at City University’s program in clinical psychology, and has taught Lacan to candidates and analysts at IPTAR, The New York Psychoanalytic, The New York Freudian, and Das Unbehagen. She has written for many psychoanalytic publications, as well as, for ApologyCabinetThe Guardian,The Huffington PostPlayboy and The New York Times. She is the author of The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2011), Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine (Random House, 2013) and is currently working on The Cambridge Introduction to Jacques Lacan.