01. Questions, critical analysis, and a desire to do otherwise. Alternative knowledge economies are often triggered into being through acts of collaboration. The singular is pluralized and tempered through free association. Can some of anarchism’s possibilities seep into the halls of learning?. . . Sans Titre / Untitled. Sophie Bélair Clément et David Tomas en conversation. Image à l’arrière-plan de l’affiche annonçant la conférence ICI (Intervenants Culturels Internationaux) du 1er avril 2010, UQAM, RM-130, 12 h 30. Conférence annulée en appui à la grève étudiante.

02. The passage of the body through different architectural forms and strata is an important everyday experience. Stairways (also known as steps, stairs, or staircases) are some of the most important material and symbolic gateways to, from, and within architecturally defined configurations of power and knowledge. Why has no one written a symbolic anthropology of that fundamental interstitial transitional space: the stairway? Lecture to an Academy. Performers: David Tomas, Penny Farfan. Performed at the theatre of the National Research Council, Ottawa on May 4, 1986 during the exhibition Songs of Experience. Photo credit: Charles Hupé, National Gallery Photographic Services. The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. On Her Majesty’s Service.

03. De : Penny Farfan Objet : Rép. : 1986 Date : 1er avril 2011 14:47:23 HAE Dear Sophie (and Dave), I was not involved in the conceptualization of Lecture to an Academy, only in the performance. I was an actor at that time and someone connected me with David Tomas, who was looking for a performer to read the ape/woman part in the performance. You probably already know that the piece was actually staged three times: first in an old lecture theatre in the Redpath Museum at McGill University in 1985; next, in the Art Department at York University, also in 1985; the 1986 performance at the National Research Council that you are studying was actually the third presentation. The major change between the three versions was the performance space: the texts and audio, as I recall, remained the same. . . . In case you haven’t already seen them, I’ve attached two photographs of the performance at the Redpath that may be of interest to you. You will see in these documents that it was a more intimate performance space than the lecture hall at the NRC in 1986. You will also see that it was a small audience. I hope these few details will be of interest/use to you. Best wishes for your research.

04. 15 septembre 2012 16:34. Auditorium du musée Redpath. Photo SBC. History is the only coherent basis for change because it provides a comparative backdrop for contemporary action. Thus it has always been of critical importance to preserve important symbols of the past. I remember as a boy visiting the Redpath Museum and being fascinated with its eclectic natural history collections and odd objects like an Egyptian mummy (?); while at home I used to play with my toys (cars, etc.) on a Chinese carpet whose layout evoked an ocean surrounded by a roadway and, if my memory serves me well, images that could double as villages. . . . (David Graeber: “The role of the imagination as a political principle. . .”). It is of no surprise, therefore, that while I chose to pursue anthropological research at McGill, I would present Lecture to an Academy at the Redpath Museum’s lecture room. Can one imagine an educational process that was configured as a form of outsider art?

05. Lecture to an Academy. Conférenciers/Lecturers: Penny Farfan / David Tomas. Montreal, McGill University. Auditorium du musée Redpath, 6 février, 19 h. Toronto York University Department of Fine Arts, March 7th 5:00 PM. 1985. Poster/flyer with photograph by Angela Grauerholz.

06. Communiqué distribué lors de la conférence ICI (Intervenants Culturels Internationaux). Après Lecture to an Academy (After Franz Kafka), 1985-1986. UQAM, AM-0506, 6 avril 2011, 12 h 40. Signé R.P.

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