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- Monday Nov 4 ::: Lydia Lunch: Season of the Witch
The School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies (GSWS) at York University and the Feminist Porn Archive and Research Project (FPARP) present:
A talk by artist Lydia Lunch: “Lydia Lunch: Season of the Witch”
Monday November 4, 12:30-2pm, Founders 305: Senior Common Room, York University, Keele Campus
Join us for an intimate talk with living legend and incendiary icon, Lydia Lunch. The artist will read from her work, discuss her career in context, and answer questions from attendees in a moderated discussion.
Lydia Lunch was voted by Time Out magazine as one of the most influential performers to have emerged from New York City. She has taught workshops in Performance Art at The San Francisco Art Institute, along side Meredith Monk as part of Davis Moss’ Institute of Living Voice in Ghent Belgium, has produced spoken word records, curated performance series in America and Great Britain, worked with dozens of luminaries in film, music and literature. She has written five books translated into seven languages, released over thirty LPs, and continues to be a driving force in art, music, literature, and her special forte—performance.
“Before Marilyn Manson, before Courtney Love and before all the MTV-light-weights made rage and controversy mere cheap commodities, there was punk poet queen of extremities Lydia Lunch…and her volatile narratives on life, death and all the bits in between. Unmissable.” –Angela Lewis, The Independent (UK)
No other artist of the 20th century has fought, forged, punched, and sculpted their artistic vision in such a uniquely original way. Defying categorization, Lydia Lunch has actively conquered new territories and gained international recognition for the innovative quality of her work.
Through music, books, spoken word performances, film, video, photography, poetry and a multitude of creative endeavors, Lydia Lunch has proven to be one of the most daring artists of the current era. Sexual icon, radical and unclassifiable, Lunch has never ceased to denounce conformism, the exploitation of misery, American politics and violence against women. “My art is essentially a function of denunciation,” she says. Her spirit of revolt, her independence, and her prolific collaborations continue to influence new generations of artists.
Hubert Selby, Jr. famously said that he grew up feeling like a scream without a mouth. Lydia Lunch, one of his most celebrated—and most uncompromising—literary progeny, delivers scream, mouth, teeth, blood, hair, sperm, knife, and adrenaline. —Jerry Stahl, author, Permanent Midnight.
Lunch’s talk is taking place in context of the GWST 4514 class Tough Chicks: Representations of Women’s Strength and Anger in Popular Culture and Society, and other classes, students and staff are warmly welcome to attend. If you are planning to bring your class, please get in touch with the Course Director, Maren Hancock: email@example.com to RSVP.
This talk is open to the public.
For more information on York University’s School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, please visit http://www.yorku.ca/laps/gsws/gwst/
For more information on the Feminist Porn Archive and Research Project, please visit http://www.arts.yorku.ca/wmst/bnoble/feminist_porn/
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