Avant / July 2013 / talk / Visual Arts

Eye and Mind: ‘Jockey God, Fat Christ and the Spirit [ ] Impaled upon the Phallus– Embodiments of the Anti-Christ in Dada’s Anti-Art’.

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In Paris and New York in the decade spanning 1915-1925, Francis Picabia, Mina Loy and the Baronesss Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven styled themselves vectors of the pan-national Dada contagion. Deploying disparate aesthetics and working across plastic and textual media, they antagonized their audiences, agitated for the sublation of art and life and engaged with the problematics of Anti-Art. Beyond this common cause, inter-artist affinities abound. All three were given to asserting (and unprudishly celebrating) the fleshy facts of embodied existence. Their works from this period register parallel preoccupations with denigrating religious icons and institutions. The concept of artistic making as [quasi] divine creation is a figure that haunts each of their distinctly irreverent oeuvres—a problem to which their practices supply markedly divergent solutions. Opening with an exploration of these shared concerns as they manifest in texts, objects and drawings by Loy, Picabia and the Baroness, this lecture will focus its analysis on the Anti-Art processing of Nietzschean Anti-Deism in Picabia’s Jésus-Christ Rastaquouère.

Eye and Mind Interdisciplinary Research Forum

Dr Sarah Hayden: ‘Jockey God, Fat Christ and the Spirit [ ] Impaled upon the Phallus: Embodiments of the Anti-Christ in Dada’s Anti-Art’.

6-8pm on July 15th in the Geography and Geology Building at UCC

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