David Fancy and Hans Skott-Myhre: Art as Revolt

Buy me a coffeeBuy me a coffee
Even if you’re working against the cliff face of some of the darkest and most devastating genocidal movements in capitalism, the trick is to bring joy to your revolt.
Listen on Google Play Music

IMG_2152.jpg

David Fancy and Hans Skott-Myhre discuss their book Art as Revolt: Thinking Politics Through Immanent Aesthetics with Chris Richardson. Fancy is Professor of Dramatic Arts, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University, in Niagara, Ontario. He received his doctoral training at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland working on questions around the ontology of stage presence and their intersection with postcoloniality in the work of playwright Bernard-Marie Koltès and director Patrice Chéreau. His research interests and current publishing deals with questions of ontology, immanence and performance, with a specific interest in immanence and performativity, immanence and performance training, and immanence and technology. Fancy has an extensive creative practice as a playwright and director. He has been awarded a Brock Chancellor’s Chair for Excellence in Teaching, (2005-08, with Sue Spearey), as well as disABILITIES and Best Practices teaching awards. David served as Chair of Department from 2009-2012, Graduate Director of the MA in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts (2013-16), and is an instructor with the PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities.

h.jpg

Hans Skott-Myhre is a Professor in the Social Work and Human Services Department at Kennesaw State University. His undergraduate work was in comparative literature and he holds a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, both from the University of Washington. His doctoral work includes two Ph.D.’s from the University of Minnesota. The first is in Adult Education and a second from the Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Department in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society. Research interests include radical and political approaches to youth/adult relations, subcultures, critical disability studies and anti-psychiatry, post-capitalist subjectivity, post-Marxist politics, undoing whiteness, and political readings of popular culture. He is the author of Youth Subcultures as Creative Force: Creating New Spaces for Radical Youth Work, co-editor with David Fancy of Art As Revolt, with Chris Richardson of Habitus of the Hood, with K. Gharabaghi and M. Krueger of With Children and Youth and with V. Pacini-Ketchabaw and K.S. Skott-Myhre Youth work, Early Education and Psychology: Liminal Encounters. He has published multiple articles, reviews and book chapters.

RECOMMENDED READINGS

A stimulating transdisciplinary collision of horror story, philosophical reverie, and political satire about the Middle East as terrifying and terribly beautiful entity caught up in histories of geology. A reminder of what's possible on a stylistic front. -DF

Foundational text for understanding immanence and immanent philosophy/politics. Must read to understand Deleuze. - HS

Ethics (Penguin Classics)
By Benedict de Spinoza
Now (Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series)
By The Invisible Committee

One of a series of bracing reads by the Invisible Committee—including The Coming Insurrection, and To our Friends—this text provides an articulation of modes of 'destituent' (as opposed to 'constituent') engagement with irrevocably capitalized liberal democratic political processes. -DF

Absolutely necessary to reading the Ethics (particularly on your own). Summarizes the history and multiple readings of the Ethics in a very comprehensive way. -HS

A thorough and compelling articulation of the ways in which art and ontology are kind of the same thing. -DF

Nuanced and complex iteration, critique and extension of Marx and immanent thought/politics. -HS

A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia
By Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari
Deleuze and the Non/Human
Palgrave Macmillan

Sean Bowden’s ‘Human and Nonhuman Agency in Deleuze’ (pp. 60-80) is a pithy and very useful discussion of the thorny issue of agency (human and otherwise) in immanentist systems of thought. Understanding agency in immanent systems is key to making the link between immanence and the political. -DF

Nuanced and complex iteration, critique and extension of Freud, Lacan and psychoanalysis. Opening text for the theory and practice of schizanalysis, immanent thought/politics. -HS

One of Deleuze's more influential (and rather invisible) interlocutors, Simondon's work is key to understanding the state of current immanentist thought. Combes' introduction is a thoughtful and engaging way into Simondon's work. -DF

Important read for anyone interested in an immanent approach to the ecological crisis of our historical moment. -HS