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A Proposition by Fionn Meade: Day Two

When Genealogy Becomes Critique: Special Guest Jesse Jones

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Jesse Jones, The Selfish Act of Community, 2012. Production still. Courtesy the artist

Artist Jesse Jones joins Fionn Meade in the second session to trace aspects of “cinefication” in the work of Vsevolod Meyerhold and Bertolt Brecht through to Jones’s own work involving the social and political history of cinema.

Repeatedly an unfaithful servant to the systematizing and unifying impulses of aesthetics and philosophy, Fionn Meade will present a Proposition that will consider how and when artworks enact critique, and why this discernment involves an indispensable entanglement with historiography. To include reflections on Marcel Broodthaers, Rosemarie Trockel, and Group Material, as well as art historian Aby Warburg and writer Danilo Kiš, potential typologies will be outlined.

Propositions is a public forum that explores ideas in development. Each two-day seminar introduces a topic of current investigation in an invited speaker’s own artistic or intellectual practice. Over the course of a seminar session, these developing ideas are responded to, researched, and discussed to propel them forward in unique ways.

Jesse Jones’s practice reflects and re-presents historical moments of collective resistance and dissent. In her films and videos, she explores the gesture of the revolutionary action and finds resonance in our current social and political landscape. Jones has exhibited extensively internationally, including recent solo exhibitions at Spike Island, Bristol, the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, and REDCAT, Los Angeles, as well as organized “12 Angry Films,” a temporary drive-in cinema project in Dublin. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Artsonje Centre, Seoul, and CCA Derry. Her film project The Struggle Against Ourselves (2011) departs from the biomechanic movement workshops of Russian theater director Vsevolod Meyerhold and the eventual Hollywood appropriation of related techniques, while her newest work, The Selfish Act of Community (2012), explores historical experiments in conflict-resolution therapy as a type of Brechtian script.


This program is made possible, in part, through the support of the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Education and public programs are made possible by a generous grant from Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David and Hermine Heller.

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