Les Grand Transparents – Family Business in Paris

January 18, 2014 from 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Chalet Society. 14 boulevard raspail, 75007 Paris

Les Grands Transparents. In Practice. Vol. II

At the Chalet Society. Paris
Saturday 18 January 2014, 7.30 – 8.45 p.m.

Fix Your Eyes Right Here, by ESTAR (SER)

The Esthetical Society for Trancendental and Applied Realization 
(now incorporating The Society for Esthetical Realizers)

Do NOT MISS the conjuring lecture/performance reanimating the eccentric stagecraft of an American original: Inyard Kip Ketchem, also known, during his vagabond years riding the carnival circuit in the early twentieth century, as Doctor Ketch’em, Professor Katch’em, The Amazing Mr. Ketch, Yardarm von Kip, Inyard ”Eagle-Eye” Kip-Katch, and under a number of other sobriquets.

Join us on the 18th of January when visiting representatives of the research consortium known as ESTAR(SER), Sal Randolph and D.Graham Burnett, will present “Fix Your Eyes Right Here,” a conjuring lecture/performance reanimating the eccentric stagecraft of an American original: Inyard Kip Ketchem, also known, during his vagabond years riding the carnival circuit in the early twentieth century, as Doctor Ketch’em, Professor Katch’em, The Amazing Mr. Ketch, Yardarm von Kip, Inyard “Eagle-Eye” Kip-Katch, and under a number of other sobriquets. Documents recently surfaced by members of the Editorial Committee of the ESTAR(SER)—aka the “Esthetical Society for Transcendental and Applied Realization (now incorporating the Society for Esthetical Realizers”)—open an idiosyncratic window onto the career of this vaudeville philosopher, who rose to considerable celebrity in the years before World War I, as “America’s Greatest Carnival Meditator,” a distinction he succeeded in parleying into a marginal livelihood as a travelling attention artist and huckster-therapist of modern distraction. Was he associated with the Order of the Third Bird (or related communities of ritually-oriented devotees of practical aesthesis)? There are reasons to believe he was.

For Vol. I of “Les Grands Transparents. In practice”, Family Business invited at the Chalet Society, the artists collective Saprophytes. They presented an installation and an orgasmic polyphonic reading of Hesiod’s Theogony, engaging the public into a better grasp of the overwhelming visual legacy of this
text and its contemporary ramifications.

Within the same day practice, the workshop “Scare(crow)s abound” produced monsters and marvels and Philippe Charlier, the famous forensic pathologist and archéo-anthropologist, author of “Les Monstres Humains dans l’Antiquité”, lectured on a stunning collection of mythological and real monsters and
explained how they relate to our fear of the other.

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D. Graham Burnett functions as a lose New-York-based collective. Members have included Yara Flores, Eigil zu Tage-Ravn, Frumento Combusti, Dusty Keelson-Maar, Molly Gottstauk, and Sanelma Nicht.

Participants have taught at Princeton, Yale, and Columbia Universities, and authored several books, including Descartes and the Hyperbolic Quest (2005), and The Sounding of the Whale (2012). Others have recently shown work in the “Island” exhibition at the Dairy Art Center (London) and the Emily Harvey Foundation (New York). More at www.dgrahamburnett.net Sal Randolph is an artist living in Brooklyn. Her Money Actions have been featured in the 2011 Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the Live Biennial, and in the fall issue of Cabinet Magazine. Other projects have been exhibited at the Göttingen Kunstverein, Röda Sten, and Manifesta 4. She has recently been doing research and teaching on the topic of attention as a visiting fellow at Princeton University and is developing new work for an upcoming show at Raygun Projects in Toowoomba, Australia in Spring 2014.

 

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