Humor and the Abject: Contemporary Art and Comedy

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Humor and the Abject: Contemporary Art and Comedy

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Instructor: Sean Patrick Carney

Mondays

10/23, 10/30, 11/6 and 11/13

6:30 - 9:30PM

$240 Members // $260 Non-members

Through readings, lectures, improve exercises, conversations, and group critique, we’ll explore what makes us laugh, what makes us cringe, and the muddy spaces between.

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This seminar-based course will expose participants to a working history of the relationship between contemporary art and comedy, which a particular focus on concepts of the abject.

Abjection has been described and interpreted in many ways by a diverse group of thinkers and artists, though a consistent and integral aspect is that it represents that which exists between the subject and the object. In comedy, we witness regular engagement with the volatile, the vulgar, and the violent, as its practitioners employ their craft to explore the things that we think but dare not say.

Through readings, lectures, improve exercises, conversations, and group critique, we’ll explore what makes us laugh, what makes us cringe, and the muddy spaces between.

 

Sean J Patrick Carney (b. 1982, Michigan) is a writer, visual artist, and comedian in Brooklyn, NY. He is the founder and director of Social Malpractice Publishing, an independent label that has produced over 50 different artist books and editions since 2009. Carney hosts and produces the weekly art and comedy podcast Humor and the Abject. His writings appear frequently in Art in America, VICE, and other outlets. From 2014-17, he was a faculty member and Outreach Director at the Bruce High Quality Foundation University, a tuition-free, artist-run education experiment. His performances and studio work have been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including MOCA, Los Angeles; Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Marlborough Gallery, New York; the Banff Centre, Alberta; ROCKSBOX, Portland; Bahamas Biennale, Milwaukee; and LxWxH, Seattle. He has taught classes at the aforementioned BHQFU, Brooklyn; Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland; New York University, New York; and Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.