Join us in the Gallery for a reading by poet and essayist Lisa Robertson, “The Baudelaire Fractal.” Robertson describes the subject thusly:
“A new prose text, resulting from a period of intense immersion in Baudelaire. It slowly unravels a mystical experience – that of waking up in a hotel room one morning to discover that I have written the complete works of Baudelaire, yet without actually having become Baudelaire. It’s as if his texts have become me, or I have realized myself within them. In part the liminal portal of the hotel room inaugurates this experience, whose telling moves among hotel rooms occupied in my 35-year span of travelling and writing. The text moves from room to room, from memory to memory, including many inclusions of shared points of reference for B and I – looking at Claude in the Louvre, reading Poe, smoking hash, relative impoverishment, affairs, dandyism. . . It is part memoir, part novelistic magical realism, part trash-talking contemporary art and poetry life.”
Poet and essayist Lisa Robertson recently published her tenth book, 3 Summers (2016, Coach House Press). Robertson has been writing both poetry and critical prose for the visual arts since the early 1990s, which includes her involvement in the artist-run community in Vancouver. Much of the early prose that includes texts on movement, architectural surfaces and cities has been collected as Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture (2004, Clear Cut Press and 2010, Coach House Press). More recent essays about noise, pornography, the Codex, melancholy, folds and Lucetius were gathered for the book Nilling (2012, Bookthug). Robertson lives in France and works as a freelance teacher, currently at Ecole des Beaux Arts de Bordeaux and the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.
The Beautiful Brain is the first North American museum exhibition to present the extraordinary drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934), a Spanish pathologist, histologist and neuroscientist renowned for his discovery of neuron cells and their structure, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1906. Known as the father of modern neuroscience, Cajal was also an exceptional artist and studied as a teenager at the Academy of Arts in Huesca, Spain. He combined scientific and artistic skills to produce arresting drawings with extraordinary scientific and aesthetic qualities. A century after their completion, his drawings are still used in contemporary medical publications to illustrate important neuroscience principles, and continue to fascinate artists and visual art audiences. Eighty of Cajal’s drawings are accompanied by a selection of contemporary neuroscience visualizations by international scientists.[more]
Once again, we are pleased to welcome the UBC Contemporary Players to the Belkin Art Gallery for a concert inspired by the exhibition The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Led by Directors Corey Hamm and Paolo Bortolussi, this graduate and undergraduate student ensemble from the UBC School of Music will animate the Gallery for an afternoon program celebrating themes from the exhibition.[more]
French philosopher Dr. Catherine Malabou, best known for her work on plasticity, has forged new connections across such fields as philosophy, neuroscience and psychoanalysis and their fundamental entanglements with cultural, political and social life. Working with post-structuralist and post-critical methodologies, she addresses the work of philosophers Kant, Hegel, Freud, Heiddeger and Derrida. Her writing engenders a reconsideration of keywords and foundational concepts such as subjectivity, affect, gender, sex, feminism, neoliberalism, sovereignty, justice and trauma, to name a few.[more]