THRESHOLDINGS: Intimacies, Opacities, Embodiments

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This day-long workshop will move across practices and disciplines to explore the intersections of intimacy and liminality. What means are available to expand experiences of alterity or otherness, as in the surrender on the verge of sleep? How can such intimacies provide alternatives to attempts to make such experiences fully possessive, knowable, or extractable? The day will open with a series of participatory practice propositions, from somatics, choreography and drawing, before moving into a series of talks from artists and researchers, a reading session on Edouard Glissant’s work on “opacity”, and finally a keynote from Mel Y. Chen (Animacies) entitled “All that is Ash”. All events are free and open to the public; you can find the reading from Glissant at this link:

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Thresholdings: Intimacies, Opacities, Embodiments

James Administration Room 301, McGill University
10:00am: Welcome

10:15am Opening Remarks by Alanna Thain, Director IGSF and the Moving Image Research Lab, McGill University and Megan Fernandes, Visiting Professor, IGSF, Assistant Professor, Lafayette College

10:30-11:30 PRACTICE
Diego Gil, HUMA, Concordia University
Catherine Lavoie-Marcus, Sandberg Instituut, University of Amsterdam
Nicole de Brabandere, IGSF and the Moving Image Research Lab, McGill University

11:30-12:30 LABOR
Elisa Giardina Papa, University of California, Berkeley
“The Labor of Sleep”

12:30-1:30 Lunch + reading session on Édouard Glissant “For Opacity”

Ronald Rose Antoinette, articule
“In the Work: Lea(r)ning in Struggle”

Nelly Yaa Pinkrah, Leuphana University
“To Weave a New Fabric. Édouard Glissant and Cybernetics“

4:00pm KEYNOTE
Mel Y. Chen, University of California, Berkeley
“All That is Ash”

This event is sponsored by the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University, the Moving Image Research Lab, Anarchival Outbursts: Movement Practices of Post- Digital Cinema; Immediations: Media, Art, Event; Global Emergent Media Lab- Concordia University; the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation) – McGill University and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

McGill University is located on unceded lands which have traditionally served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst diverse indigenous peoples. The Kanien’kehà:ka/People of the Flint (Mohawk), who are a founding nation of the Haudenosaunee/People of the Longhouse (Iroquois) Confederacy, are recognized as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration for the workshop is required and space is limited. Please contact to register.

Both locations are accessible. All spaces will be scent-free. Please refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes or other scented or chemical products to the event.

Access McGill Campus through the Milton Gates. Wilson Hall is located at 3506 Rue University, and the James Administration building is located inside campus, just to the north of the Milton Gates.