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Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Daniel Canty

Thursday, October 18 at 6:00pm

Lawrence Hall, 177
1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR

Daniel Canty: “Extracts from Patience

Every work evolves a form. In this artist presentation, Daniel Canty will attempt to untangle some of the threads that course through his works. Mapping imbricated orbits, tracking transformations of scale, he will endeavour, through the telling, to expose the lines of force of his poetics, which takes the wonders of the written word as its starting point, and modulates their wavelength into a host of living forms. There will be talk of the fidelity to images, of mise en livre and electric art, naïve science and chains of chance, of the aesthetics of friendship and a very loose doctrine of cycles. He will try to expose how the poetics of language, of taking one thing for another, and coming up with something else, can lead one back into the thick of things, to touch the texture of time.

Daniel Canty is a writer, director and artist living in Montréal, Québec. He started producing works on the cusp of the new century. His directorial debut was an online adaptation of Alan Lightman’s fiction, Einstein’s Dreams, his first book, a history of automata in 19th century American literature. Since then, he has been creating a host of living forms, working at the crossroads of literature and bookmaking, film and theatre, the visual arts and design. His practice, which stems from the poetics of writing, and the ethics of directing, extends the written word’s wavelength to encompass a vast range of possibilities. He is fond of works that invent their own form. Over the years, he has written and devised an astonishing array of books and films, interfaces and exhibitions, and collaborated on such improbabilities as “transfrontier odysseys” or librettos for automata. He is steadfastly mapping a universe where the enchantments of language assert their import in the weave of time.

Lectures are free and open to all.