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Causerie – Pictorial Satire: On Hogarth, Daumier and South Park


date datum 12 July 2012 17:00location locatie Witte de With (2nd floor)

Causerie – Pictorial Satire
12 July 2012, 5 pm

The second in the series of Causeries explores the satirical impulse in visual culture from the 18th century to present times. Different expressions of pictorial satire are discussed in several informal conversations, also highlighting the satire that lies at the heart of Alexandre Singh’s The Humans. With an emphasis on both the British and French tradition, the work of pictorial satirists like William Hogarth and Honoré Daumier will be pivotal to this causerie, alongside with more contemporary forms of satire such as the television show South Park.

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Participants include:

5 pm: Martin Myrone – on William Hogarth

Martin Myrone is Lead Curator, Pre-1800 British Art at Tate Britain. He has published widely on eighteenth and nineteenth century British art, including Bodybuilding: Reforming Masculinities in British 1750-1810 (Yale University Press, 2005) and monographs on Stubbs, Fuseli and Blake. He was the curator of Rude Britannia: British Comic Art (Tate Britain, 2010) and John Martin: Apocalypse (Tate Britain, 2011).

6.30pm: Pascal Dupuy  – on Honoré Daumier

Pascal Dupuy is a Professor in early modern history at the University of Rouen. He was an Andrew Mellon Fellow at The Paul Mellon Center (Yale University, 1995-96). His research focuses on images and cartoons from the 18th century onward. He is the author of numerous books and is currently writing a new study on the French Revolution. He has also contributed to several periodicals on the relation between film, images and history.

7.30 pm: Brian Dunphy – on South Park

Brian Dunphy is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (Dramatic Writing), the University of Amsterdam (American Studies), and The New School for Social Research (Politics). A native New Yorker who has been lecturing in the City University of New York system for over 8 years and at Brooklyn College (CUNY) for over 5 years as a lecturer in the Department of Television and Radio. Over the past few years, Dunphy has developed a reputation for pushing the academic envelope with classes revolving around Satire & Mass Media and Politics & Mass Media. He also created, and taught, the controversial course, ‘South Park and Political Correctness’

About the Causeries

As part of the realization of Alexandre Singh’s ambitious play The Humans, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art presents the Causeries. Taking its title from the French verb causer –  to converse or chat –  the Causeries are set up as a series of discussions in which Singh expands on The Humans’  key themes, ranging from cosmology and cosmogony to pictorial satire, dance, drama and religion. Rather than discursive  events in the well-known format of a conference or a symposium, the Causeries  are conceived as informal conversations between the artist and an expert in a given field. It is not only the edification of the artist himself that is pivotal in this alternative kind of exchange, also the audience is offered an insight in the underlying themes of The Humans.

Upcoming Causeries:

16 August 2012 – Theatrical Costumes;
13 September 2012 – Aristophanes;
11 October 2012 – The Mountain in Art and Literature;
15 November 2012 – Literary Satire: on Pope, Lucian, and Wodehouse;
19 January 2013 – The Voice and The Chorus;
16 February 2013 – Woody Allen;
16 March 2013 –  Scatology;
13 April 2013 – The Sculptor.

Recently

The Creation: On Cosmogony and Cosmology
Saturday 2 June 2012

Participants: Jessica Frazier (Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Kent), Andrew Jaffe (Professor  Astrophysics at the Imperial College London),  Bernadette Leclercq-Neveu (Professor  in the Classics Department at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris), Bénédicte Lemmelijn (Professor Theology, Catholic University of Leuven), Alexander Verpoorte (Professor in the Faculty of Archeology at the University of Leiden), Francis Wolff (Professor in Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris)

The monthly Causeries are conceived by Alexandre Singh and Defne Ayas, and are organized in consultation with critic and writer Donatien Grau.

Cost per Causerie: €5 / €3 discount
Passe-partout: €25 / €20 discount

About The Humans
The Humans – with “creation” as its central theme – is an ambitious play that will evolve and change over a six-month period.  Set before the creation of the Earth in a proto-world populated by spirits, gods, artisans and men of clay and plaster, The Humans is modeled after the ancient Greek plays of Aristophanes. Whilst the theatrical references are ancient, the satire is utterly modern: religion, morality and human hubris are all mocked with an irreverent and biting tone

Leading up to the final live presentation of his play, Singh will transform Witte de With’s second floor into a space; part artist’s studio, part script-room and display area; where visitors will be able to follow the development of the play. This on-site realization of the artwork allows the audience to gain a unique insight into the inner dynamics of artistic creation.

About the participants
Dunphy, Brian Brian Dunphy is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (Dramatic Writing), the University of Amsterdam (American Studies), and The New School for Social Research (Politics). A native New Yorker who has been lecturing in the City University of New York system for over 8 years and at Brooklyn College (CUNY) for over 5 years as a lecturer in the Department of Television and Radio. Over the past few years, Dunphy has developed a reputation for pushing the academic envelope with classes revolving around Satire & Mass Media and Politics & Mass Media. He also created, and taught, the controversial and popular course, “South Park and Political Correctness”.
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Dupuy, Pascal Pascal Dupuy is a Professor in early modern history at the University of Rouen. He was an Andrew Mellon Fellow at The Paul Mellon Center (Yale University, 1995-96). His research focuses on images and cartoons from the 18th century onward. He is the author of numerous books and is currently writing a new study on the French Revolution. He has also contributed to several periodicals on the relation between film, images and history.
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Grau, Donatien Donatien Grau is an academic and critic, graduated in the Classics from the École Normale Supérieure and the Sorbonne, in Paris, where he now teaches. He serves as a member of the board of the French philosophical review ‘La Règle du Jeu’ and the pilori al. publication “Commentaire”. As a contributing editor of Flash Art International and a reviewer for “Le Monde””, he has written extensively on the transmission of the Classics.
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Myrone, Martin Martin Myrone is Lead Curator, Pre-1800 British Art at Tate Britain. He has published widely on eighteenth and nineteenth century British art, including <em> Bodybuilding: Reforming Masculinities in British 1750-1810 </em> (Yale University Press, 2005) and monographs on Stubbs, Fuseli and Blake. He was the curator of <em>Rude Britannia: British Comic Art</em> (Tate Britain 2010) and <em>John Martin: Apocalypse</em> (Tate Britain, 2011).
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Singh, Alexandre Alexandre Singh (b. 1980) is a visual artist and writer based in New York. Singh, who was born in Bordeaux, France to Indian and French parents was brought up in Manchester, UK before studying Fine Art at the University of Oxford, UK. Singh’s work derives at once from traditions in literature, performance, photo-conceptualism and object-based installation art. His work has been exhibited in venues throughout Europe and the United States including The Serpentine Gallery, London; New Museum, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Singh’s work is held by a number of private and public collections including MoMA, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris.
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