10th Guest Lecture in Creative Media Colloquium this semester with:
Date: Tuesday April 21, 2015
Time: 5.00pm – 6.30pm
Venue: 6/F Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre M6094 Future Cinema Studio
Title: Spinoza: Mondial Reading Performance
Abstract: In 2007 Koelewijn was commissioned by the Spinoza foundation and S.K.O.R, a foundation in the Netherlands for public art to make a Monument for the Dutch philosopher Spinoza (1632-1677). Already known for this sort of work, he didn’t want to make a sculpture but instead made the following proposal ;
To read out loud the important book “The Ethics in Geometrical Order”, by visiting different countries and in each country he would read for 45 minutes so the “monument” for Spinoza would result in an audiobook.
About the speaker: Job Koelewijn, who once said that he found painting to be too detached from real life, creates conceptual art that invites the use of hearing and smell to heighten optical experiences. He famously covered a wall in the Palazzo Ca’ Zenobio with perfumed baby powder for the Venice Biennale in 2001, and made a device called the Internal Communication Amplifier (1997) that connects a user’s mouth to his or her own ears. Koelewijn is also deeply influenced by text, poetry and philosophy, particularly Peter Sloterdijk, Spinoza and Dante, and literary references make material appearances in his installations as pages or book covers.