An essay written aloud with pictures and sounds of the sea, one of four keynotes in honour of Hayden, along with Judith Butler, Susan Stewart, and Dipesh Chakrabarty.
Consuming what one does not need, is kleptomania: desire unleashed. Anorexia is a refusal to consume what one needs. Both are related rituals––forbidden secret activities––compensating for threatened or actual loss. Radically, in 1968, through Paul Ehrlich’sThe Population Bomb (which argues for zero population growth), kleptomania and anorexia developed as a feminist philosophy for women’s rights and the environment. As the practicing psychoanalyst Xenia Godunova said in a lecture at UC Berkeley (1968): ‘Our irresistible tendency to steal things we do not need from the Mother (Earth), is klepto-parasitism, is kleptocratic.’ The famed Bay Area choreographer and dancer Anna Halprin was at Godunova’s lecture and incorporated Godunova’s philosophy into her own dance practice. In Halprin’s words: ‘my concern is form in nature––like the structure of a plant––not in its outer appearance, but in its internal growth process. The plant cannot be kleptocratic.’
Most specifically, this lecture focuses on Mary Glass, who apprenticed with Halprin. Of note is Glass’s own struggles with anorexia nervosa and a tendency towards kleptomania, fundamental to ‘Happening’ (1970): Glass’s anti-kleptocratic dance piece, which starves off desire through watery movement, often violent, and then curiously still, like seaweed in waves. In Glass’s words: ‘Idelicately transported my phyto-philia (love of plants) into an imaginary ocean.’
For the MLA panel ‘Near whispers: The affects of proximate critique’
An essay written aloud about dance, birth, sex and bug collecting as a child––with pictures.
An essay written aloud about Anne Frank, Chantal Akerman, my mother and adolescent writing.
A keynote as a part of the day-long event ‘Creative Methods/Creating Methodologies’, hosted by artist and writer Esther Teichmann.
‘Photogen and Nycteris’ is a fairy tale written and performed with pictures by Carol Mavor, and being presented as part of Performative Symposium at Baltic 39, Newcastle.
Grey is out of time: like an elephant’s hide, like a skyscraper’s height, like a blanket of dust, like the magnitude of the moon.
Sophie Collins is a poet, editor and translator. small white monkeys, a text on self-expression, self-help and shame, was published by Book Works in November 2017 as part of a commissioned residency at Glasgow Women’s Library. Carol Mavor is Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester. As Maggie Nelson writes of her latest book, Aurelia: Art and Literature through the Mouth of the Fairy Tale: ‘Forget whatever you previously associated with “fairy tales,” and enter Carol Mavor’s kaleidoscopic universe of art and literature.’
This event will be hosted by Vona Groarke, poet and teacher at the Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester. Further details can be found at the Facebook event
Time | Making | Space brings together practitioners from architectural design, music and filmmaking, whose work explores how time and the temporal in architecture is not simply a matter of measure.
As part of this event, Carol Mavor will screen and discuss her short film Fairy Tale Almost Blue (2012, twelve minutes).
Tickets from £12.00/£6.00 conc.
For this occasion, Carol Mavor will read her latest fairy tale, ‘Sweet Salt, Sale Dolce’, which is set within the circumstance of Amy Hauft’s testsite installation: Tender Glass. A printed edition of the story, entitled ‘Sweet Salt, Sale Dolce’, will be available at the opening.
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Carol Mavor will present select images from her most recent book: Aurelia: Art and Literature Through the Mouth of the Fairy Tale.
Join Carol Mavor for the launch of her new book, Aurelia: Art and Literature through the Mouth of the Fairy Tale, followed by a talk from the author.
Aurelia re-visits familiar fairytales and examines their darker qualities.
Carol Mavor is Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Manchester, and has published widely on photography, cinema, colour and childhood. All her books are richly illustrated with an eye on design.
Carol Mavor introduces a rare screening of Jean-Pierre Gorin’s influential 1980 essay film about the extraordinary twins, who astounded linguists with their invented vocabulary and launches her new book Aurelia: Art and Literature Through the Mouth of the Fairy Tale.
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Carol Mavor reflects in her latest book Aurelia (Reaktion) on the very particular place that fairy tales hold in our culture and in the popular imagination. ‘Aurelia is as strange, enigmatic, and full of magic as its subjects’ writes the essayist Maggie Nelson.
Mavor will be in conversation with cultural critic, mythographer and historian of the folk tale Marina Warner.
‘The Sound of One Hand Clapping: A Question of Child Abuse, from Like a Lake‘
As part of the stream seminars:
‘Feminist Philosophies of Media’
Fri/Sat/Sun – 8:30 a.m – 10:15 a.m
International Campus Utrecht, Spinoza, Room 104I
Keynote (along with Anna McCarthy) for the Annual Screen Conference, 23-25 June 2017
Screenplay: ‘A Question of Child Abuse’
For this session, delve into the color blue and its varied meanings in art and culture. Join author Carol Mavor to discuss her book Blue Mythologies: Reflections on a Colour. The beautiful cyanotypes of Anna Atkins will be on view for book club participants.
Tickets $15. Complimentary parking.
Blue describes emotional states, musical and literary genres, and moral codes. And yet, historically, humans have found the color itself notably difficult to pin down. How did blue come to occupy its singular scientific and cultural significance? What relationships exist between the history of blue pigments and the wealth of meanings the term conveys today? A panel with authors Catherine McKinley and Carol Mavor, scientist Mas Subramanian, and actor/comedian/singer Garrett Morris explore the science and sentiment of the color blue.
Free, but advance ticket required