Respondent Series | Panel Discussion with Sameer Farooq, Jeanne Randolph and Jared Stanley

Friday, September 28th  2018 – 7pm
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art | 1, 460 Portage Ave | Winnipeg MB | Canada

As part of Plug In ICA’s Respondent Series for the exhibition, Days of Reading: beyond this state of affairs, we present a conversation between, prominent cultural theorist and writer, Jeanne Randolph, and Toronto-based artist and designer, Sameer Farooq, along with Farooq’s collaborator, poet and artist, Jared Stanley, moderated by our Director Jenifer Papararo.

For the exhibition Jeanne Randolph, and Sameer Farooq and Jared Stanley activate collections through ficto-criticism (Randolph) and speculative museums (Farooq and Stanley). Centered on these methodologies, their public discussion will focus on the convergence and practice of their distinct approaches to forms of writing and display in relation to consumerism and historical narratives.

For over thirty years, Jeanne Randolph has authored several pivotal texts, including the essay “The Amenable Object” (1983). She is known for her innovative approach to writing, which liberally mergers art criticism, cultural theory, fiction, personal philosophy and poetry. Among other titles, such as Psychoanalysis & Synchronized Swimming and Other Writings on Art (1991), Symbolism and its Discontents (1997), Why Stoics Box (2006) and Ethics of Luxury: Materialism and Imagination (2007), Randolph is a practicing psychoanalyst, lecturer, and performance artist. Her work has circulated throughout various educational and art institutions across North America, Australia and Europe.

With a background in cultural anthropology, the central impetus to Sameer Farooq’s art practice over the last decade and a half has been to challenge the hegemonic narratives of cultural institutions like museums, as they account as conclusive historical knowledge. He has worked through sculpture, photography and installations to build speculative museums to address the gaps between the everyday mundane and what museum collections decide to put on display. He has exhibited at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Aga Khan, Toronto; Universities Gallery, Nevada and the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto among others.

For Farooq’s contribution to Days of Reading, he will be working in collaboration with Jared Stanley who is a multi disciplinary artist and the author EARS a recent book of poetry. He has also written verses for publications including: BOMB, Harvard Review, and The Brooklyn Rail. Stanley has received fellowships from the Nevada Art Council and the Center for Art + Environment. He was apart of the 2018 New York Spring/Break Art Show. Stanley has been a lecturer at the University of Nevada in Reno where he currently resides.

Tuesday, September 25 | Artist Talk by Shannon Bool, 7pm

Saturday, September 29 | Nuit Blanche, Exhibition open 7pm to 1am

  • 7-11pm | Opening Reception
  • 6pm | Panel Discussion with Raven Chacon, Laura Ortman and Suzanne Kite (in partnership with Video Pool Media Centre)
  • 8pm | Performances by Laura Ortman and Suzanne Kite

Thursday, November 1, 7pm | Artist Talk Ken Lum
Hosted by the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Eckhardt Hall, 300 Memorial Boulevard, Winnipeg, and presented by the School of Art, University of Manitoba & Plug In Institute of Contemporary

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art recognizes we are on Treaty One Territory, the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Métis, Cree, Dakota and Oji-Cree Nations.

In general and as always, we thank the artists we work with, our generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers. With special thanks to our Director’s Circle. You make a difference!

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We could not operate without their continued financial investment and lobbying efforts.

Unit 1, 460 Portage Ave

Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3C OE8