Slought Foundation, a non-profit organization rethinking contemporary art, is pleased to announce a special appearance in the United States by Hélène Cixous, the respected French poet, playwright, and founding Feminist philosopher. Her public seminar at Slought Foundation is entitled "Cities," and will take place on Saturday, October 8th, 2005 at 5pm. A reception and book signing will follow from 6:30-8:30pm, on the occassion of a concurrent exhibition in the gallery by British visual artist Maria Chevska and the release of her new book, with a contribution by Helene Cixous (Black Dog Publishing, 2005).
Please note that this is our feature event at Slought Foundation for October. Seating is unreserved and limited, and we advise arriving early. The proceedings should be of interest to a broad segment of arts, academic and psychoanalytic communities throughout the Northeast. Cixous and Chevska will be in attendance for the seminar and the opening to follow, as will organizers Jean-Michel Rabaté and Aaron Levy.
* Please note that a version of this event is now available in publication.
"Ex-Cities," a new release in the Contemporary Artist Series at Slought Books, arises from a shared concern for displacement and exile in the work of Hélène Cixous and British artist Maria Chevska. Visual documentation of "Vera’s Room," Maria Chevska’s installation in the galleries, is interspersed throughout "Promised Cities," Hélène Cixous’ text exploring the relation of art and literature to cities and their destruction. This bilingual publication includes a companion audio CD as well as a foreword by Eric Prenowitz and contributions by editors Aaron Levy and Jean-Michel Rabaté.
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Hélène Cixous (born June 5, 1937 in Oran, Algeria) is a French feminist writer, poet, playwright, philosopher and literary critic. Cixous is an extraordinarily prolific author who exemplifies a rich vein of women's writing in contemporary France. She has been working since 1984 on several theater productions directed by Ariane Mnouchkine with "Le Théâtre du Soleil" in Vincennes. A selection of recent titles by Cixous available in English include: The Third Body (Hydra Books/Northwestern University Press, 1999), Firstdays of the Year (University of Minnesota Press, 1999), Rootprints (London : Routledge, 1997), The Terrible but unfinished Story of Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia (University of Nebraska Press, 1994), The Name of Oedipus (University of Michigan Press, 1991), Stigmata (London : Routledge, 1998), The Exile of James Joyce (John Calder, 1976), and many others. She was one of the founding members of the University of Vincennes (Paris VIII) in 1968, where she created the Doctorate in Women's Studies in 1974. After completing a thesis on James Joyce in 1968, she specialized in English literature. With Michel Foucault, she created the Group Information-Jail and worked with Jacques Derrida at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris.
This program was made possible in part through the generous sponsorship of the British Council USA, the "Mission du livre" program of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Women's Studies / The Alice Paul Center for Research on Women and Gender at the University of
Jean-Michel Rabaté, Aaron Levy
Media files on the Slought.org website are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License.
Hélène Cixous. "Cities: A Seminar." Slought Foundation Online Content. [08 October 2005;
Accessed 18 May 2013]. <http://slought.org/content/11303/>.