The Poetics Seminar

Fall 2017 / Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen

Prof. Brandon LaBelle

What particular languages and narratives does artistic practice incite or provoke? How might one speak of artistic works that are fundamentally at odds with conventions of discourse and description? Are there unique forms of knowledge generated by artistic research that require other ways of speaking? The seminar will focus on how the materials and processes of art making generate what we may call “poetic knowledge”. In contrast to discourses based on rational thought – a making sense – poetic knowledge will be considered as being aligned with the irrational and the unnameable, and which requires methods of confusion and unlearning when approaching language and articulation. Poetic knowledge, and the fevers of poetic discourses, will be explored as offering a critical interruption and imagination onto the structures of linguistic and social ordering through a radical position of Not Knowing.

The seminar will meet once a month, and will include lectures, readings and discussions focusing on poetic discourses, including references to: Confusion, Incoherence, Stupidity, Clowning, Non-Knowledge, Hybridity, Dreaming, Invisibility, Perversion, Escape, Erotic Being and Intoxication.