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Intersubjectivity Vol. 1: Language and Misunderstanding (Sternberg Press, 2016)

Intersubjectivity: Language and Misunderstanding

10 Feb 2017

Due to unforeseen circumstances Andrew Durbin is unfortunately no longer able to attend this event.

A series of readings and presentations followed by a panel discussion with editors and contributors to the newly-released publication Intersubjectivity Vol. 1: Language and Misunderstanding (Sternberg Press, 2016), including Lou Cantor, Andrew Durbin and Nicky Marsh.

Intersubjectivity is concerned with a new account of our ideas of what subjects are, and what it means for them to meet. It explores these concepts in the context of the interaction of non-sentient beings, attempting to move beyond anthropomorphic theories of objectivity and materiality, as well as subjects whose boundaries resist definition. These essays and performance texts argue for an expanded consideration of concretism in contemporary practices oriented toward the embodiment of language, in works that challenge the privileging of the body of the word over the body of the artist.

Intersubjectivity Vol. 1: Language and Misunderstanding is a collection of poems and essays edited by Abraham Adams and Lou Cantor, with contributions by Cory Arcangel, Fia Backström, Alain Badiou, Erica Baum, Xu Bing, Paul Chan, Andrew Durbin, Jimmie Durham, Daniel Grúň, Lucy Ives, Jenny Jaskey, William Kherbek, Nicky Marsh, Julia Moritz & YGRG, Ariane Müller, Vincent Romagny, and Hito Steyerl.


  • Lou Cantor

    Lou Cantor is a Berlin-based artist collective founded in 2011, whose main scope of interest is grounded in intersubjectivity and interpersonal communication. Lou Cantor’s practice explores the polysemic minefield of contemporary communication, where medium, message and meaning constantly fold back into each other. Previous exhibitions include The Laubour of Watching, leto gallery, Warsaw and OSLO10, Basel; Language and Missunderstanding, CUNY, New York; Epistemic Excess, Artists Space, New York; 7th Berlin Biennale and New National Art, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw.

  • Andrew Durbin

    Andrew Durbin is the author of Mature Themes (2014) and the forthcoming novel MacArthur Park (2017), both from Nightboat Books. His writing about art has appeared in BOMB, Frieze, Parkett and Mousse among others. He co-edits the independent publisher Wonder and lives in New York.

  • Nicky Marsh

    Nicky Marsh is Professor of Twentieth Century English Literature at the University of Southampton in the UK. Her published books include Show me the Money: The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present (ed. with Paul Crosthwaite and Peter Knight), Money, Speculation and Finance in Contemporary British Fiction, Democracy in Contemporary U.S Women's Poetry and Literature and Globalization: A Reader (ed. with Liam Connell).



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