12.08.2007

In Defense of Sloth: A Symposium

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Date/Time: 08/12/2007 12:00 am


Cabinet magazine and Slought Foundation invite you to
In Defense of Sloth: An Eclectic and Entertaining Series of Presentations about That Most Philosophical of Vices
This event will explore histories of laziness through two public programs.
Both programs are FREE; no reservations required.
2. In Defense of Sloth: A Symposium
Date: Saturday, December 8th, 11 am–5:30pm
Venue: The Great Hall, Cooper Union (7th St, between 3rd and 4th Avenues, New York)
Featuring short presentations by Katherine Carl, Brian Dillon, Jean-Michel Rabaté, Daniel Rosenberg, Pierre Saint-Amand, Felicity Scott, Christopher Turner*, and Marina van Zuylen on the histories and metaphors of laziness. Topics to be discussed include Paul Lafargue’s 1887 treatise “The Right to Laziness”; vasectomies and other medical cures for laziness; children’s books and the early encouragement of productivity; Samuel Beckett’s Belacqua stories; Mladen Stilinovic’s recent manifesto for laziness among artists; and more.
Full schedule will be posted at http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/events/sloth.php
This project is in part funded by a generous grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the New York Council for the Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“In Defense of Sloth” is collaboratively organized by Cabinet magazine and Slought Foundation, in association with undergraduate students in the 2007-2008 RBSL Bergman Foundation Curatorial Seminar in the University of Pennsylvania Departments of English and Art History. The conference on December 8th is co-sponsored by the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union.
* Christopher Turner’s participation is not guaranteed; he may be at the hospital on December 8th awaiting the birth of his second child!
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