Chantal T.Paris Érik Bordeleau Marie-Douce St-Jacques Simon Brown Alexandre St-Onge Patrick Poulin Speculative Gestures // Writing with Art

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Speculative Gestures // Writing with Art

L. Branchu, 2015

As writers and artists producing texts in an art context, we face the challenge posed by the arrangement of a given artwork’s concrete and abstract elements.

This writing is never simple and never takes place in isolation. It is part of a highly relational process, as envisioned by philosopher Alfred North Whitehead who attributes the same creaturely value to the myriad things that make up our multiverse and operate at different levels, mutually and continually affecting each other.

This point of view disrupts and goes beyond anthropocentric, logocentric, and territorial perspectives. It asks us to perceive and situate ourselves differently, taking us into speculative thought, which can, perhaps, help us overcome some of the limitations and determinisms our humanity encounters.

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Speculative Gestures // Writing with Art

L. Branchu, 2015

Chantal T.Paris is a writer and independent researcher in contemporary art. She has a Master in Art History from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her writing and projects explore relations between writing and art from a post-critical perspective.

Érik Bordeleau is a creative researcher for SenseLab (Montreal, Concordia University). He is the author of Foucault anonymat (Le Quartanier, 2012, winner of the 2013 Spirale Eva-Legrand Award) and of Comment sauver le commun du communisme? (Le Quartanier, 2014). He has written many essays on cinema, philosophy, and art and is interested in the speculative turn in contemporary continental philosophy.

Marie-Douce St-Jacques is a Montreal-based interdisciplinary artist whose activities encompass music, visual arts, publishing and screenwriting. As a musician and composer, she was vocalist and keyboard player in Pas chic chic (2005–2010) and, since 2011, has been one half of duo Le fruit vert with sound artist Andrea-Jane Cornell.

Simon Brown is interested in language, the liberating possibilities of failure, and the sometimes imperceptible, but always changing, relationships between humans and other entities. Using an economy of means and an obscure humour, his texts and interventions have publicly and privately appeared as books, interventions, talks, and operettas.

Alexandre St-Onge is an audio artist, a musician/improviser, and a sonic performer. He has a PhD in Art Theory and Practice (UQAM, 2015) and is fascinated by creativity as a pragmatic approach to the ungraspable. He has published various texts and released ten solo albums, including LE SUJET MODIFIANT LE SUJET (squintfuckerpress), viorupeeeeihean (Oral), Ailleurs (&records), and Entités (Oral).

Patrick Poulin was born in 1976, in Saules, a suburb of Quebec City. After studying philosophy and translation, he completed a PhD in Comparative Literature and currently teaches literature at Collège Montmorency. He published Morts de Low Bat with Le Quartanier and is now writing a novel called Michael.