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The Commerce of Anonymity

The Commerce of Anonymity
91 Charles Street West, Alumni Hall, Old Victoria College Room 101
Time: Nov 20th, 5:00 pm End: Nov 20th, 6:30 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Art (FAS), 2000-
Lecture by John Paul Ricco, University of Toronto

The Centre for Comparative Literature is pleased to present:

John Paul Ricco, Professor of Comparative Literature, Art History, and Visual Culture

The Commerce of Anonymity

Centred around The Andrew Project (2010-2013) by artist Shaan Syed, this paper is an extended meditation on the politics and ethics of the name, drawing, the portrait, anonymity, the signature, loss, and its impossible commemoration. Poster-sized reproductions of a line drawing of a young man's face are wheat-pasted on the streets of London, Toronto and Berlin, and provoke consideration of the aesthetics of social anonymity and the the figure of the passerby and the stranger in cities today. From the affirmation of the portrait as the face of effacement and erasure, emerge scenes of sociality that are ethical to the extent that they do not rely upon or demand identification, and thereby remain open to the risk, surprise, and pleasure of shared existence, as that which happens in passing. An intimacy that remains un-nameable in the "commerce" of our everyday lives.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required.  For further information, please contact the Centre for Comparative Literature at (416) 813-4041.

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Image credit: Shaan Syed


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