Abandoned Projectors: A Pavilion Forum, 8 November 2012
In this event, Pavilion explored the phenomenon and potential of an alternate, uncomprehending and analytical look that is at play in a number of current art practices. Lucy Skaer's artwork Film for an Abandoned Projector (Pavilion, 2011), is a removed look at the once animated mechanisms of analogue film. Pamela Rosenkranz takes a similarly blank, curous, but non-participatory look at the aesthetic concept of the sublime, as described by Robin Mackay in his paper, Art and the Practice of Non-Philosophy (Pavilion, 2012). Briony Fer's paper, From Glass Eye to Cat's Eye articulates a resistant, corporeal and polemical look (Pavilion, 2011).
A cluster of artists and thinkers gathered for a day of presentations, screenings and discussions anchored by this issue. Melvin Moti, Gintaras Didziapetris, Jonas Zakaitis and Aurime Aleksandraviciute contributed. Anthony Paul Smith presented a new essay by French philosopher Francois Laurelle: Photo-Fiction: A Non-Standard Aesthetics. John Mullarkey, Professor of Film and Television at the University of Kingston spoke on the animal in non standard philosophy. Screenings of Rosa Barba's The Long Road and Lucy Skaer's The Margins of July were included.