Speculative Lecture: GORDON HALL "Holding the Room as an Aside" 2/22

The UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice and the Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series Present:

The 2016 Speculative Lecture:

Holding the Room as an Aside

Monday, February 22nd, 7:30 – 9pm
120 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Free, Accessible, and Open to the Public

Gordon Hall

Gordon Hall, STAND AND, Wood, hand-dyed fabric, pigmented joint compound, mosaic,
and off-site performance, Performers: Chris Domenick, Ariel Goldberg, Gordon Hall, Andrew Kachel, Millie Kapp, Colin Self, Orlando Tirado, 2014. Part of the exhibition FLEX at Kent Fine Art, curated by Orlando Tirado, 2014. Image credit: Amy Mills.


Gordon Hall, a widely-exhibited artist, performer, and writer, is the founder of the Center for Experimental Lectures, an artist’s project that provides a platform for artists, theorists, and other cultural producers to engage with the public lecture as a format. They provide occasions to focus on the content and format of each unique lecture and the possibilities of the lecture as a creative platform. Since 2011 they have commissioned 24 new lecture-performances.

Holding the Room as an Aside is a propositional/improvisational movement and speech-based lecture in-the-round utilizing a pair of six foot high three dimensional parentheses. It approaches spoken language through the lens of dance, inquiring into the status and potential of the speaking body. In what ways is language material and embodied? How can we think of speech as dance? Or of sculptures as words or sentences?

The Speculative Lecture Series is sponsored by the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice and the Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Hall was selected from among almost 100 applicants after a national Call for Proposals.

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