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Jeanne Randolph

Jeanne Randolph is one of Canada’s foremost cultural theorists. She is the author of the influential book Psychoanalysis & Synchronized Swimming (1991) as well as Symbolization and Its Discontents (1997), Why Stoics Box, (2003), and Ethics of Luxury (2007). Dr. Randolph is also known as an engaging lecturer and performance artist. In universities and galleries across Canada, England, Australia, and Spain she has spoken on topics ranging from the aesthetics of Barbie dolls to the philosophy of Wittgenstein.

Exhibitions

  • The Underside of Shadows

    ELIZABETH MACKENZIE, JEANNE RANDOLPH
    September 8–October 13, 2001

    The Underside of Shadows interprets the invasion of everyday life by microscopic creatures, whose effect on humans are often presented through the medical dualities of normal and abnormal, purity and contamination, danger and safety. Within this collaborative installation, images and pattern poetry are drawn directly on the walls of the gallery; an ephemeral method that does not rely upon the idea of the work of art as an autonomous object, or presume the gallery space as neutral, or deny text any visually aesthetic commonalties with image.

    The Underside of Shadows includes representations of the germ Giardia Lamblia, one of the intestinal parasites most commonly identified in waterborne disease outbreaks. Here imagery and text intertwine in such a way that viewers may ponder the visual metaphor of human-to-microbe and microbe-to-human influences. These unseen entities provoke reconsideration of ordinary perception, everyday dependence upon technology and closer scrutiny of our anxiety to find narratives to account for realities we imagine, yet cannot see.

    This two person exhibition is the result of a long-distance, often technologically mediated collaboration between Elizabeth MacKenzie, a visual artist known for her video, photography and drawn installation works and Jeanne Randolph, a Toronto psychoanalyst and writer of highly inventive ficto-criticism. This new work draws from a twenty year association as well as a recent shared residency at The Banff Centre for the Arts’ Leighton Studios.

Talks & Events

  • Shopping Cart Pantheism Book Launch

    JEANNE RANDOLPH
    May 16, 2015

    Glorifying consumerism as the de facto religion of our time, Shopping Cart Pantheism (ARP Books, 2015) offers a preposterous yet challenging invitation to participate in commodity worship. As our narrator meanders the Las Vegas Strip, its sites and monuments become examples of Christian sainthood, miracles, worship, and dogma now transformed into icons of consumerism. Satiric, witty, and deeply insightful, Shopping Cart Pantheism reveals the fraught beginnings of the twenty-first century’s most pervasive neurosis.

    Artspeak will also launch Out of Psychoanalysis: Ficto-Criticism 2005-2015 at this event.

     

  • Out of Psychoanalysis Book Launch

    JEANNE RANDOLPH
    September 22, 2012

    A talk/reading in conjunction with the launch of Jeanne Randolph’s Artspeak publication, Out of Psychoanalysis: Ficto-Criticism 2005 to 2011.

    Out of Psychoanalysis is a collection of essays and ficto-criticism from Winnipeg-based cultural critic Jeanne Randolph. Composed between 2005-2011, the texts include psychoanalytic responses to contemporary art exhibitions, a collection of vignettes, lamentations on capitalism, and a contrived history of Canadian ficto-criticism. The books address a diverse range of subjects including the Cucumber Mosaic virus, Bob Dylan, Sigmund Freud, insects at the bottom of a river in Winnipeg, and the colour blue.

  • Book Launch

    JEANNE RANDOLPH
    June 12, 2003

    YYZ Books is proud to present this provocative, timely and humourous work by Jeanne Randolph, and edited by Bruce Grenville, senior curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Why Stoics Box is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the arts, psychoanalysis and the ethical dimensions of popular culture. Artspeak Gallery is pleased to host the Vancouver launch of Why Stoics Box: Essays on Art and Society. The author will be in attendance.

  • syntaxerrors: a series of performed lectures

    MARGOT LEIGH BUTLER, JEANNE RANDOLPH, AARON VIDAVER
    October 23–November 6, 2001

    syntaxerrors: a series of performed lectures

    Jeanne Randolph Tuesday, October 23, 2001

    Margot Leigh Butler Tuesday, October 30, 2001

    Aaron Vidaver Tuesday, November 6, 2001

    all at: Fletcher Challenge Theatre

    SFU Harbour Centre 7:30 pm

    515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

    Admission $5/$3

    syntax errors are the symbols and letters produced by technology when given the task of translating data from one representational form to another:

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    Artspeak will present a series of three ‘performed lectures’, investigating the relationship between authoritative language, presentation technologies and performance art.

    Three evening events will combine forms of art performance, pedagogical histrionics and conference tactics to create, along with technological tools, a form of cultural practice that confounds the categories of public address with inventiveness and humour. This series will negotiate the systems of language delivery found in performance art, with its history of personal confessional narrative and attention to the body of the Performer, and the passive authority and implied objectivity of the Speaker with her/his disembodied “meta-voice”. The series will take place in the hushed comfort and the seamless technological support of an SFU Harbour Centre lecture theatre.

    In the context of ‘Live: Vancouver Biennale of Performance Art’, the series broadens the definition of performance to include a critical investigation of the relationship between language, technology and visual art, challenging festival audiences to consider the tradition of performance art in relation to institutional interventions.

    syntaxerrors has been generously funded by the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council. Co-sponsored by LIVE: biennial of performance art and Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts.

    Jeanne Randolph

    Acting out, Play-Doh* and Doubt: a personalized history of performative lecturing

    Tuesday, October 23, 2001

    SFU Harbour Centre 7:30 pm

    Fletcher Challenge Theatre

    Jeanne Randolph, a psychoanalyst and writer of highly inventive visual arts criticism will recount, illustrate and distort the psychoanalytic theory and self-induced neurosis that compelled her to extemporize her lectures rather than read a rationally composed, organized essay to her audiences.

    Randolph’s lectures and presentations draw upon current research interests as evident in articles such as Ambiguity and the Technological Object, Technology and the Meaningful Body and Why Stoics Box. Randolph has participated in a wide range of photographic and new media projects, such as Stan Denniston’s Fictional Portraits, the internet project Videoscopia curated by Jorge Marzos (Barcelona), Virtual Metropolis, and was a “barfly” in Vera Frenkel’s Body Missing.

    Margot Leigh Butler

    “The honey’s not far from the sting”

    Tuesday, October 30, 2001

    SFU Harbour Centre 7:30 pm

    Fletcher Challenge Theatre

    Margot Leigh Butler’s recent research into genetically modified organisms features in a bookwork project for WestCoast Line, a Vancouver literary journal (Autumn 2001). As figures, bees are efficient, industrious, mobile, manageable and profitable workers; they make honey and pollinate the flora, diligently crossing between GM and non-GM crops, and, in the process, they are themselves being modified, contaminated, mutated – and are we? Bee culture offers suggestive metaphors for activism, such as the noisy, fearsome, unpredictable swarm. This performance uses an incitement to swarm from a 17th century musical score for voice, slides, and spoken and sung texts.

    Butler is a visual artist and writer whose ‘book installations’ have been published in The Virtual Embodied (Routledge 1998), WestCoast Line and Capilano Review (Vancouver) and cultural criticism in the periodicals Mute Magazine and Women’s Studies International Forum (London).

    Aaron Vidaver

    Counter-Interpellation

    Tuesday, November 6, 2001

    SFU Harbour Centre 7:30 pm

    Fletcher Challenge Theatre

    Aaron Vidaver is a writer and archivist. Drawing upon his archival work for cultural organizations, artist-run centres, and educational institutions as well as his previous interventions in public space, Vidaver builds a performed lecture addressing juridical selfhood and linguistic dissent. Counter-Interpellation uses a recitation of his report card evaluations, beginning in kindergarten and extending through to his university studies to punctuate a discussion of subjection in Althusser’s theory of interpellation.

    Vidaver edits the Documents in Poetics series for the Friends of RuncibleMountain and is an associate of the Centre for Contemporary Writing. He coordinates Studies in Practical Negation, a seminar on oppositional writing at the Kootenay School of Writing, and is currently working on Unentitled, a long poem, and A Field Guide to Feral Ornaments, a prose collaboration with Steven Ward and Roger Farr.

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Publications

  • Out of Psychoanalysis: Ficto-Criticism 2005 to 2015

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    Title: Out of Psychoanalysis: Ficto-Criticism 2005 to 2015
    Category: Criticism
    Writer: Jeanne Randolph
    Editors: Kim Nguyen
    Design: Hodgkinson Design
    Publisher: Artspeak
    Printer: East Van Printing
    Year published: 2015
    Edition: 200
    Pages: 160pp
    Cover: Paper
    Binding: Perfect Bound
    Process: Digital
    Dimensions: 18 x 11 x 1 cm
    Weight: 174 g
    ISBN: 978-0-921394-70-9
    Cost: $9

    Out of Psychoanalysis is an updated and expanded collection of essays and ficto-criticism from Winnipeg-based cultural critic Jeanne Randolph. Composed between 2005-2015, the texts include psychoanalytic responses to contemporary art exhibitions, a collection of vignettes, lamentations on capitalism, and a contrived history of Canadian ficto-criticism. The books address a diverse range of subjects including the Cucumber Mosaic virus, Bob Dylan, Sigmund Freud, insects at the bottom of a river in Winnipeg, and the colour blue.

  • Out of Psychoanalysis: Ficto-Criticism 2005 to 2011

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    Title: Out of Psychoanalysis: Ficto-Criticism 2005 to 2011
    Category: Criticism
    Writer: Jeanne Randolph
    Editor: Kim Nguyen
    Design: Hodgkinson Design
    Publisher: Artspeak
    Printer: East Van Printing
    Year published: 2012
    Edition: 200
    Pages: 109pp
    Cover: Paper
    Binding: Staple Bound
    Process: Digital
    Features: 3 booklets
    Dimensions: 19 x 11 x 2 cm
    Weight: 126 g
    ISBN: 978-0-921394-65-5
    Cost: First edition out of print. Second edition pending.

    Out of Psychoanalysis is a collection of essays and ficto-criticism from Winnipeg-based cultural critic Jeanne Randolph. Composed between 2005-2011, the texts include psychoanalytic responses to contemporary art exhibitions, a collection of vignettes, lamentations on capitalism, and a contrived history of Canadian ficto-criticism. The books address a diverse range of subjects including the Cucumber Mosaic virus, Bob Dylan, Sigmund Freud, insects at the bottom of a river in Winnipeg, and the colour blue.

  • The Underside of Shadows

    Title: The Underside of Shadows
    Category: Exhibition Catalogue
    Artist: Elizabeth MacKenzie, Jeanne Randolph
    Writers: Elizabeth MacKenzie, Jeanne Randolph
    Design: Judith Steedman
    Publisher: Artspeak
    Year published: 2001
    Pages: 22pp
    Cover: Mylar envelope
    Binding: 23 loose pages (21 mylar, 2 paper)
    Process: Offset
    Features: Sticker on envelope
    Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 0.1 cm
    Weight: 60 g
    ISBN: 0-921394-37-3
    Price: $4 CDN

    The Underside of Shadows is a publication undertaken to extend the collaborative installation by Elizabeth MacKenzie and Jeanne Randolph, which took place at Artspeak from September 8 to October 13, 2001. This exhibition was the result of a long-distance, often technologically mediated collaboration between Elizabeth MacKenzie, a visual artist known for her video, photography and drawn installation works and Jeanne Randolph, a Toronto psychoanalyst and writer of highly inventive ficto-criticism. Within the installation, images and pattern poetry were drawn directly on the walls of the gallery; an ephemeral method that did not rely upon the idea of the work of art as an autonomous object, nor presume the gallery space as neutral.

    The Underside of Shadows interprets the invasion of everyday life by microscopic creatures, whose effect on humans are often presented through the medical dualities of normal and abnormal, purity and contamination, danger and safety. These unseen entities provoke reconsideration of ordinary perception, everyday dependence upon technology and closer scrutiny of our anxiety to find narratives to account for realities we imagine, yet cannot see.

    In keeping with the methods and suggested by the work, this publication is designed and disseminated as a mail project with a wide distribution, infiltrating the delivery systems of national and international communication. Threats of contamination have taken on a new dimension and the letterbox has come to be seen as a potentially hazardous locale in recent months. This publication project breaks the containment of the gallery as a reminder of both the exhibition and the increased vigilance of physical and cultural boundaries that technologies claim to maintain.