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Living Room Lecture

Performing Evidence: Augustine

Anke Bangma

Originally broadcast from Rotterdam on October 26, 2007

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Archived Lecture in three parts (Quicktime required):
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Resource material:
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Augustine

For this Living Room Lecture, Anke Bangma looks at how evidence is performed through the image of Augustine. As the veritable ’star’ of the photographic iconography of hysteria that was assembled under the direction of Jean-Martin Charcot in the late 19th century, Augustine has become an icon of a particular fantasy of femininity. Her photographs have been a source of inspiration as well as intense critical debate, both then and now. But Augustine also represents a particular fantasy of scientific representation, and exposes in an exemplary way how the scientific apparatus produces the phenomena it claims to merely examine.

Anke Bangma (the Netherlands) is a cultural theorist and independent curator based in Rotterdam. She is currently co-editing a book project around language, memory and the body (forthcoming 2007) and developing an exhibition with the working title ‘Performing Evidence’ for Smart Project Space in Amsterdam (forthcoming 2008). Previous publications include Experience, Memory, Reenactment (ed. with Steve Rushton and Florian Wuest, 2005) and Looking, Encountering, Staging (ed., 2005)(to order go to: Revolver Publications).
She was course director of the Fine Art programme of the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam (1999-2007), and is a visiting lecturer at the Art Academy of Bergen, Norway.

At the table were artist/writer/curator Steve Rushton, psychaitrist, Ljiljana Bamburac and De Geuzen: Riek Sijbring, Femke Snelting and Renee Turner

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