Past Event

Metagestures Book Launch

October 10, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Wollman Hall (Fifth Floor), Eugene Lang College, New York

Event Description:

In this book, historian Carla Nappi and cultural theorist Dominic Pettman explore the use of fiction as a tool to write and think with works of theory. Taking Vilém Flusser’s Gestures as its point of inspiration and departure, Metagestures collects 16 pairs of short stories in which Pettman and Nappi make fictional worlds that animate and enliven each of the major gestures in Flusser’s book. Nappi and Pettman focus on Flusser’s mediations on the gestures of filming, planting, loving, smoking a pipe, turning a mask around, and much more, with their own creative explorations of each theme, in a gathering of short fictions that test, expand, and further the social scientific claims of the original text with new scenarios and occasions. Here, Flusser’s reflections on physical gesture serve as an inspiration for new ways of conceiving and conducting theory, and for thoughtful creative scholarly imagining, with and alongside one another.

Event Speakers:

  • Carla Nappi is Mellon Chair in History at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Dominic Pettman is Professor of Culture and Media at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College

Event Information:

Hosted by Punctum books, the Department of Culture and Media, Lang College, and the Liberal Studies MA Program, New School for Social Research. To learn more about the book via Punctum books