Date/Time: 03/11/2008 12:00 am
Monday, November 3, 2008, 6:30pm – 8pm
Andrea Geyer / Spiral Lands / Chapter 2 / 2008
45 min / performative slide lecture
Part of the exhibition: Ours / Democracy in the Age of Branding
The New School
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery
2 West 13th Street, ground floor, Free admission
In her 45-minute performance, Geyer personifies the archetypical (male) scholar
of anthropology, speaking from the immanently authoritative position of academia
and drawing authority from citing a canon of academic authors. The subject matter
of her speech is the construction of a false memory of Native American culture,
through ethnographic research and more generally the process of acquiring
knowledge and its intertwinement with power and oppression.
Her talk is accompanied by slide projections of photographs taken by the artist
at Chaco Canyon, an epicenter of cultural life in North America pre-1300.
Spiral Lands is an unsettling consideration of the way in which science and
the quest of knowledge oppresses the identity of their very subjects, and a
concise critique of the aggressive racism naturalized by capitalist democracy.
Presented to accompany the exhibition “OURS: Democracy in the Age of
International and interdisciplinary in scope, this exhibition
(organized and hosted by Parsons) investigates democracy as a global
brand. It examines the desires generated and promoted by democracy as a
brand-such as choice, participation, freedom of expression, and the
promise of individual success, all embodied in the notion of
“liberty”-and looks at how and where these desires find
fulfillment or are displaced. The exhibition also investigates both
aesthetic and political systems of representation developed in response
to these desires, as well as those power structures that run parallel to
a democratic government.
For more information, visit www.branding-democracy.org