Artaud's `Spurt of Blood` w/ Sylvère Lotringer Book Launch: `Mad Like Artaud`
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
"We have to wash literature off ourselves. We want to be humans before anything else. There are no forms or any form. There is only the gushing forth of life. Life like a spurt of blood." -Antonin Artaud
Where lies the border between madness and prophesy?
In this performance/lecture event, Samadhi Arts delves into the power of Artaud the visionary and ritual artist, creator of "four-dimensional hieroglyphs." Etienne Pierre Duguay will direct a new production of "Spurt of Blood," the writer's rarely-performed Surrealist play from 1925.
Arranged and choreographed with electroacoustic score and projection-mapped visuals, the performance manifests the volatile synthesis of Gnostic, Psychoanalytic, Animist, Dada and Symbolist influences on Artaud's work, while evoking present possibilities for overcoming the instrumentalization and pathologization of the human and transhuman alike under global neoliberalism.
In conjunction with the performance, noted French deconstructionist philosopher and Semiotexte co-founder Sylvère Lotringer will give a lecture on the occasion of the launch of his new book, Mad Like Artaud (translated by Joanna Spinks). It examines questions of insanity and its relationship to radical politics through interviews with the psychiatrists who recommended Artaud's confinement. There will also be a staged reading of several chapters of Lotringer's book.
One of the seminal artists and thinkers of the 20th Century, Antonin Artaud is most widely recognized for his performance manifestos advancing the concept of the "Theater of Cruelty." Artaud's contemporaries in pre-WWII Paris had him committed to an insane asylum for habits that included spell casting and divination. Canonized by French postwar theorists and political theater artists alike in the post-war period, Artaud's case led philosopher Michel Foucault to herald "the new triumph of madness".
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