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April 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm $15
Making Trouble: Surrealism and the Human Sciences
Admission: $15 | FREE
In partnership with the University of Lethbridge’s Centre for Culture and Community, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery presents sociologist and cultural theorist Dr. Derek Sayer for a combination book launch and Articulations lecture.
Previously a professor of Cultural History at Lancaster university and Professor Emeritus (Canada Research Chair) at the University of Alberta, Dr. Sayer travels to Lethbridge to promote and showcase his new publication, Making Trouble: Surrealism and the Human Sciences.
Blurring the lines between artistic movement and research methodologies, Sayer aims to reexamine the use of surrealist ontology to criticize and examine our current cultural paradigm. According to Sayer, Surrealism was not merely an artistic movement to its adherents but an “instrument of knowledge,” an attempt to transform the way we see the world by unleashing the unconscious as a radical, new means of constructing reality.
Born out of the crisis of civilization brought about by World War I, it presented a sustained challenge to scientific rationalism as a privileged mode of knowing. In certain ways, surrealism’s critique of white, Western civilization anticipated many later attempts at producing feminist and postcolonial epistemologies.