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Bellwethers: Panic

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[UPDATED MAY 24, 2019]

The Drawing Center presents Bellwethers: The Culture of Controversy, a new series of public programs guest curated by Alison M. Gingeras in collaboration with the art magazine Affidavit, during which a prominent group of writers, cultural critics, and artists will to respond to a cultural “bellwether” and take it in their own interpretative direction.

For the second event of the series, PANIC: psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster will present her talk, “God is Really Dead This Time—The Psychoanalysis of Panic.” Responding to her presentation will be artist and writer duo Felix Bernstein and Gabs Rubin, who will perform a new “duo drama” that will engage with the figure of Pan—the mythological figure at the root of the term Panic.

PANIC invites these critics to understand this pervasive, if abused, term used to describe our reaction to our contemporary landscape and is affixed to any number of issues: gender identity, immigration, climate, globalism, Brexit, Trump, and Russia. Our current Age of Anxiety is super charged by the 24-7 newstainment cycle, designed to keep us flickering through states of hysteria and scandal, worry and outrage. Is there any relief from this panic? How does this time relate to other periods of collective hysteria?

Felix Bernstein and Gabe Rubin are both artists, writers and poets—they have worked collaboratively since 2010. Bernstein & Rubin’s multifaceted approach to composition encompasses theater, film, poetry, and digital media. Taking apart the formal parameters of essay and installation, they highlight structural impasses inherent in multimedia hybridity. Often performing as fictional, anachronous personae, they employ the elasticity of theatricality in moments of tenuous changeover. Their ongoing work analyzes of madness and mimesis in queer performance, challenging staid discourses and affective assumptions. Bernstein & Rubin explore the implications of both fashionable and occluded tropes of queer and trans* life including dysphoria, suicide, and depersonalization. Their work has been presented at MOCA Los Angeles, Issue Project Room, Anthology Film Archives, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Reena Spaulings Fine Arts (Los Angeles), and Pilar Corrias Gallery (London).

Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst and cultural critic based in New York. Weber is the author of The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis (2011) and Conversion Disorder: Listening to the Body in Psychoanalysis (2018); she also co-wrote, with Simon Critchley, Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine(2013). She teaches at the New School and supervises doctoral students in clinical psychology at the City University of New York. She co-writes a regular column for Spike with Alison Gingeras.

Other Bellwether events include:

MANIFESTO Tuesday, May 21, tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bellwethers-manifesto-tickets-60210121093

CANCELLATION Tuesday, June 4, tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bellwethers-cancellation-tickets-60437598484

Bellwethers: The Culture of Controversy is a series of programs made possible by The Evelyn Toll Family Foundation.

Image L to R: Felix Bernstein and Gabe Rubin.

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