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I’ll be speaking with along with D. Graham Burnett at the Bard Graduate Center in New York on January 25 on the topic: “The Order of the Third Bird: Documents and Considerations.”
Speaker/Event: D. Graham Burnett & Sal Randolph
“The Order of the Third Bird: Documents and Considerations”
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Place: BGC, 38 West 86th Street
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Some degree of confusion exists concerning the history and activities of the body known as “The Order of the Third Bird”—which would seem, at least in its modern incarnation, to be a clubbish and somewhat arcane association of histrionic aesthetes. The manifest form of the Order’s current work takes the shape of ritual performances of collective “attention” to works of art. To what end? A fragment of their own writings offers the following: “The number of accumulated works of art in the world now exceeds the number of persons on the planet. If each of these human artifacts can be understood as a reified request for attention, the nature and scale of the problem immediately becomes apparent. The Order of the Third Bird—an association of like-minded individuals (together with an intimate penumbra of splitters and apostates) who work at the convergence of performance and aesthetic theory—have devoted themselves to this overwhelming cause.”
Making use of available documentation, Burnett and Randolph will attempt a brief synopsis of the Order’s principles and preoccupations. But the focus of the evening will be the ongoing efforts to sift an emerging archive that bears on the genealogy of the Order’s practices. Is it possible to trace the history of the Order, and to make sense of its sublated entanglement with crucial moments in the philosophy of aesthetics? Surprising new sources are continuously coming to light, and require both public airing and critical scrutiny.
PLEASE NOTE that our Lecture Hall can only accommodate a limited number of people, so please come early if you would like to have a seat in the main room. We also have overflow seating available; all registrants who arrive late will be seated in the overflow area.
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