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Goldsmiths Inaugural Lectures 2019: Simon O'Sullivan

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Fictioning: Mythopoesis, Myth-Science and Mythotechnesis

Simon's Inaugural Lecture will address the performance of fictions. In particular he will be interested in how such practices (of what he calls fictioning) can open up other worlds from within this one and how this might constitute a ‘counter-strategy’ against today's post-truth and post-fact political terrain.

Simon will also introduce his wider collaborative research project (carried out with David Burrows, Slade School of Fine Art) on mythopoesis, myth-science and mythotechnesis, attending to a historical sequencing between these but also, more importantly, to the idea of temporal loops operating between different pasts, presents and futures.

Finally, his own collaborative art practice, Plastique Fantastique (again, with Burrows, alongside Alex Marzeta and Vanessa Page), will be offered up as a further case study of this fictioning function.

The lecture will be followed by a book launch for O’Sullivan and Burrow’s new book, published with Edinburgh University Press, Fictioning: the Myth-Functions of Contemporary art and Philosophy.

Simon O'Sullivan: biography

Simon O’Sullivan is a theorist and artist working at the intersection of contemporary art practice, performance and continental philosophy. He has published two monographs with Palgrave Macmillan, Art Encounters Deleuze and Guattari: Thought Beyond Representation (2005) and On the Production of Subjectivity: Five Diagrams of the Finite-Infinite Relation (2012), and is co-editor(with Henriette Gunkel and Ayesha Hameed) of Futures and Fictions (Repeater, 2017), and (with Stephen Zepke), of both Deleuze, Guattari and the Production of the New (Continuum, 2008) and Deleuze and Contemporary Art (Edinburgh University Press, 2010).

His collaborative art practice – with David Burrows, Alex Marzeta and Vanessa Page, sometimes with others – comes under the name Plastique Fantastique, a ‘performance fiction’ that involves an investigation into aesthetics, subjectivity, the sacred, popular culture and politics produced through, performance, film and sound work, comics, text, installations and assemblages. Plastique Fantastique have performed and exhibited widely in the UK and abroad and are represented by IMT Gallery in London.

Lecture at 6pm, followed by drinks reception until 8pm.

Part of a series celebrating Goldsmiths academics who have recently become professors: search "Goldsmiths Inaugural Lectures 2019" for other presentations.

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