Jen Weih: This is not a talk about horses.
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In case you missed it, here is the audio from Jen Weih’s talk that occurred Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7pm at Unit/Pitt Projects, as part of the series An Exact Vertigo.
Based on the pictures and the models you would think the sun stands still. Of course, here on earth, it feels like we are holding fast and the sun is doing the moving. We know, yet maybe can’t quite figure, that the sun is traveling through the galaxy. And then again, that the galaxy is hurtling through space. Perpetual motion at unimaginable magnitudes.
The rhythm of inhalation and exhalation and the beating of the heart are some of the perpetual motions of the body. These have been described as the body’s blue print for knowing itself. If we can think about patterns of motion as the habits of the self what access do we have to something unknown or new by moving. If our habits are the root of our actions maybe there is something valuable here. And maybe it is intimate-private not ownership-private.
(I mean…thinking about the attention to both art and movement in so far as “what can I do with this?” What does it excavate inside me. (ie intimate) What productive work/learning/mystery does it provide for me. I want to talk about that..
Also this Duchamp quote that Seth Price points to– that the artist of the future will be underground. Which to me suggests operating within the culture without announcing it. That art can be stealthy. Also that Irit Rogoff essay about Smuggling. Moving things across boundaries. (which I think works with privacy somehow.. I know, there is a slide there, but I am interested in that.)
And once I said private, the play with private property seemed worth making…)