Starting From the Self to Depart From the Self

Reckitt, Helena. 2017. 'Starting From the Self to Depart From the Self'. In: Starting from the Self in Order to Depart from the Self. Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, United Kingdom 11 July 2017. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract or Description

Helena Reckitt led a session in which participants considered how subjectivity is increasingly exploited as a resource and a commodity. Drawing on Reckitt’s experience curating the exhibition ‘Getting Rid of Ourselves,’ 2014, the session explored tactics of delegated, diffused and obscured authorship and identity. It highlighted practices of Human Strike developed by one of the exhibiting artists, the readymade collective artist Claire Fontaine. Discussing Human Strike as a form of affective withdrawal, Reckitt showed how it aims to resist stereotypical norms and behaviours so that new, unexpected and less defined subjectivities might emerge. These ideas were related to collective practices developed by Italian feminists in the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, through discussion of how women undertook a radical understanding of the self and interpersonal relations, while also shifting the emphasis beyond individual preoccupations and identities.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Talk)

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The event was part of Study Sessions: The Politics of Opacity, a series exploring notions of ‘opacity’, ‘imperceptibility’ and ‘disappearance’ from a number of different perspectives, and in relation to questions of ethics, politics and aesthetics.

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5 April 2017Accepted
11 July 2017Completed

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Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, United Kingdom

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11 July 2017

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29 Sep 2017 11:16

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29 Apr 2020 16:36


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