Jan 30 2019


Wed | 7PM

Cally Spooner OFFSHORE IN NY Dana Luciano On Feeling Deep Time

On the occasion of Cally Spooner’s solo exhibition SWEAT SHAME ETC., please join us for the third event of a two-week practical philosophy school for embodied knowledge titled OFFSHORE IN NEW YORK.

OFFSHORE is an itinerant performance company and pedagogical structure initiated by Cally Spooner in 2017. It is currently located in SI’s Reading Room.

Through a number of lectures, conversations, reading groups, screenings, and an ongoing rehearsal for a new performance work by Spooner, OFFSHORE IN NEW YORK asks the question: “how might we tell the difference between what is alive and what is dead in the machinery that is advanced techno-capitalism and neoliberalism?”

OFFSHORE IN NEW YORK’s third event, ON FEELING DEEP TIME, examines how both literature and geology may be used as tools to develop new perspectives on duration and perception.   

Dana Luciano will present a critical work in progress that addresses the “feel” of the Anthropocene, a proposed new epoch in the geological timescale recognizing the transformative impact of human activity on planetary systems. “The Anthropocene,” Luciano contends, “is less a geo-chronological project than an affective one; it attempts to mobilize geology to intensify how we feel about the crises of the present.”

Cally Spooner’s performances, rehearsed and developed during this program, will contribute to DEAD TIME (a crime novel), Spooner’s new installation at The Art Institute of Chicago, April 22 – 28, 2019.

Please RSVP to rsvp@swissinstitute.net. Please note: events at Swiss Institute are limited capacity, and entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dana Luciano is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University, where she teaches courses in queer studies, environmental humanities, and nineteenth-century American literature. Her scholarship addresses time, affect, and embodiment. Luciano is the author of Arranging Grief: Sacred Time and the Body in Nineteenth-Century America (NYU, 2007), which won the Modern Language Association’s First Book Prize in 2008, and coedited “Queer Inhumanisms,” a special issue of GLQ: The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, co- with Mel Y. Chen (vol. 22 no. 2-3, spring/summer 2015). She has written about the politics of the Anthropocene proposal and is currently at work on two monographs: How the Earth Feels: Geological Fantasy in the Nineteenth Century U.S., and Time and Again: The Affective Circuits of Spirit Photography. She is a member of the editorial collective of Resilience: A Journal of Environmental Humanities.

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