Réponse / Response
In conjunction with Vincent Meessen. Blues Klair, the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery is proud to present "Les lectures bâtardes de Patrick Straram" by Sylvano Santini, professor of literary studies at Université du Québec à Montréal.
The event is in French only and entry if free at the Gallery.
Patrick Straram’s own reading practice presents itself as an archive that, like his subjectivity, is characterized by bastardization. In effect, his readings express his personality, his intimate self and his own thoughts — a selfhood following Henri Lefebvre’s Marxist thesis of the everyday: “to live critically.”
They appear in notes scattered throughout the pages of his published books, where reviews of his various readings and citations from different sources are juxtaposed, as if on a screen, without apparent concern for their order. It is as if their presentation on the page corresponds to a rhythm of reading unique to his subjectivity, driven in bursts through feeling and self-critique.
This lecture will attempt to show that the traces of Straram’s readings, as manifested in his books, anticipate the writing practices of the netizen, as if he was a blogger before his time. Straram’s readings, and resulting texts which have long ranked as bastards of the counterculture, represent an example of an ethic of archiving through self-narrative.