Proteus Gowanus » carolyn dinshaw An interdisciplinary gallery and reading room Sat, 19 Sep 2015 22:40:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Exploring Nowhere: Mirages, Digital Maps, and the Historical Problem of Location Thu, 06 Feb 2014 18:55:05 +0000 Sunday, February 23, 4pm
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Location Services are ON! In this time of hyper-locatability via digital maps, what kinds of places and things might still remain lost?  Marget Long and Carolyn Dinshaw look to the optical phenomenon of the mirage—a strange and elusive “nowhere” often perceived as water—to explore the broad concepts of location and locatability. The talk investigates the mirage’s visual and cultural history through a wide array of materials: medieval maps and legends of Paradise, early 20th-century Arctic exploration, and photographs and video works from Long’s project on mirages. Long and Dinshaw take a long view of the mirage– an illusion that prompts an irrational experience of time and space–in order finally to imagine how to work and play with current digital mapping technologies intended to work us. 

You Were Drifting Still

You Were Drifting Still

Photographs and video from Marget Long’s current series entitled Mirage Mirage are currently on view as part of the exhibition, Gowanus Branch/Reanimation Library, the second show of Proteus Gowanus’ Water theme year.

MARGET LONG’s art practice is centered around the physical experiences and sensory politics of photographic technologies, now and in the past.  Her recent artist’s book, Flash + Cube (1965-1975) [Punctum Books, 2012], traces the sensory links between light, war, history and photography through a forgotten piece of technology, the Sylvania flash cube.  Long frequently lectures on photography, new media, and visual culture.  Her work has been screened and exhibited at many venues, including The Brooklyn Museum, British Film Institute, Exit Art, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Hasted Kraeutler gallery, and American Cinémathèque in Los Angeles.

CAROLYN DINSHAW’s research interests center on the relationship between past and present. She is the author, most recently, of How Soon Is Now? Medieval Texts, Amateur Readers, and the Queerness of Time (Duke, 2012), as well as Getting Medieval: Sexualities and Communities, Pre- and Postmodern (Duke, 1999), and Chaucer’s Sexual Poetics (Wisconsin, 1989). She is founding co-editor of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (Duke UP). She teaches at NYU, where she is chair of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis.
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