The Fugitive

Seminar 3: The Fugitive

Wednesday, November 22 / 13:00 – 16:00

Knut Knaus Auditorium

Fugitive Lecture, Notes

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 unnamable, 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.

For this third seminar we will concentrate on the figure of the Fugitive. This will lead to questions of underground culture and secrecy, and how disappearance and hiding are often driven by the need or desire to run away. In this regard, the Fugitive crafts a range of methods, allowing us to delve deeper into what we can call “the art of escape.” While the Monster led us to questions of form and formlessness, the clean and the dirty, the Fugitive forces an encounter with absence and the negative: how fugitivity is always forming the basis for a poetics of invisibility and survival. We’ll follow these topics through a number of artists whose works search for ways to express absence, or perform forms of escape, including Lui Bolin, Bracha Ettinger, Bas Jan Ader, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Theaster Gates. Through their works we’ll deepen a view onto the poetics of the missing.


Camiel van Winkel, The Regime of Visibility

Edouard Glissant, Poetics of Relation

Stefano Harvey and Fred Moten, Undercommons

Junichiro Tanazaki, In Praise of Shadows

Bracha Ettinger, Art as Compassion