artist talks

Mon 4th March
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Artist Talks
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Exhibition Opening


Keynote: Professor Jane Rendell, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Mariela Cvetic, University of Arts, Belgrade
Niklas Fanelsa, Tsukamoto Laboratory at Tokyo Institute of Technology
Dr Rachel sarah Jones, Goldsmiths, University of London
David Kendall, Goldsmiths, University of London
Phil Legard, Faculty Of Arts, Environment And Technology, Leeds Metropolitan University
Ben Murphy, University of East London
Sarah Sparkes, GHost
Annie Stogdale, Creative Writing, Royal Holloway University of London

Professor Jane Rendell
‘She is walking about in a town which she does not know’

This talk takes its title from an artwork by Sharon Kivland, derived in turn from Sigmund Freud’s discussion of his analysand Dora’s second dream. I will present a site-writing of the same name, composed in response to elles sont passées par ici, an exhibition of seven artworks not yet in existence to be located in town, which I did not know. Furnished with photographs and maps of the location, and images and texts describing the works in process, this site-writing imagines walking through the completed works, disturbed by feelings of déjà vu conjured up by earlier glimpses of both town and work through visual and textual representations. Freud’s work on déjà vu, as a category of the uncanny, can be explored spatially as a fold or cover up, fabricated to prevent the return of repressed memories. Literary critic Elizabeth Wright has noted that the uncanny has become an important term in ‘postmodern aesthetics’ because it acts as a ‘challenge to representation’, one which makes us see the world not as ‘ready-made’ but in the constant process of ‘construction, destruction and reconstruction’. Following Wright’s comment, my aim in this site-writing, is to experiment with how the spatial arrangement of the déjà vu, can inform, not only the analysis of an artwork, but the experience of encountering particular kinds of artwork, as well as specific situations engaged with in the writing of criticism.

Jane Rendell is a writer, art critic and architectural historian/theorist/designer, whose work explores interdisciplinary intersections between architecture, art, feminism and psychoanalysis. Her authored books include Site-Writing (2010), Art and Architecture (2006), and The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002) and she is currently working on a new book on transitional spaces in architecture and psychoanalysis. She is co-editor of Pattern (2007), Critical Architecture (2007), Spatial Imagination (2005), The Unknown City (2001), Intersections (2000), Gender, Space, Architecture (1999) and Strangely Familiar (1995) and is Professor of Architecture and Art, and Vice Dean of Research at the Bartlett, UCL.