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timothy murray on Sun, 12 Mar 2006 13:01:30 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> [event] Renate Ferro: "Anamnesis: Lyotard Revisited"


Apologies for double postings.

Cornell University Art Department    Renate Ferro
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release
          A three-channel video installation by Renate Ferro is 
currently featured in the Cornell University Faculty Show at the 
Herbert F. Johnson Museum on the Cornell University Campus in Ithaca, 
New York.  The show is on view until March 12, 2006. Anamnesis: 
Lyotard Revisited is a site-specific, three channel installation 
featuring digital experimentation with original super-8 film that 
Ferro shot in 1983 while visiting the French philosopher 
Jean-Francois Lyotard and his wife at the time, Andre Lyotard-May.
Ferro writes in her artist's statement:

" My recollection of that extended weekend spent with the French 
philosopher Jean-Francois Lyotard and his family in Fillerval, 
France, is hazy like the washed out, grainy Super 8 film I used to 
record our time together. During that summer Lyotard was formulating 
a prospectus for one of the first electronic exhibitions entitled 
"Les Immateriaux" or "Immaterials".  As chief curator of the 
exhibition held at the Centre Pompidou (over twenty years ago in 
March to July 1985), the show was a first attempt to establish a 
relationship between scientific and artistic modes in light of 
evolving technology and postmodernism. Lyotard was preoccupied with 
the idea that reality and representation are "incommensurable".  That 
is to say, that a fundamental incompatibility exists between the 
world and the images or judgments we make, therefore preventing the 
two from being totally identical. My recollection reflects the gap 
linked to the incommensurable possibility between reality and its 
representation.  Through my artistic process of transposing analog 
celluloid film with digitized pixels, in editing and compositing the 
sequences, and by juxtaposing the analog world of the writing table 
with the digitized pixels of this three channel digital video I 
create an immaterial 'lack of reality in reality.' "

Anamnesis:  Lyotard Revisited also features an audio archive of 
narratives relating to her visit with Lyotard as he was curating Les 
Immateriaux. What interests Ferro in this project as in other recent 
projects is how personal memory intersects with others' recollections 
and how the intersections of anamnesis become part of a collective 

Renate Ferro is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Cornell 
University in Ithaca, NY.   

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of art is located on the Cornell 
University Campus in Ithaca, NY. 14853.   Museum hours are Tuesday - 
Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday, 12 - 5 pm.

Renate Ferro
Visiting Professor of Art
Cornell University
405 Tjaden Hall
<rtf9 {AT} cornell.edu>

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Timothy Murray
Professor of Comparative Literature and English
Acting Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in Comparative Literature
Director of Graduate Studies in Film and Video
Curator, The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell Library
Co-Curator, CTHEORY Multimedia: http://ctheorymultimedia.cornell.edu
285 Goldwin Smith Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York  14853

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