BHQFU Week #5: Thyrza Nichols Goodeve & Week #6: Leigha Mason

Week 5 of Object Lessons featured Thyrza Nichols Goodeve.  The assignments were to read Plato's Phaedo and to watch Hiroshima, Mon Amour, both of which were new to me.  Thryza made it clear in the beginning of class that she chose both not for their relationship to each other but for their parallel relationships with language.  Notable conversation points were about the nature of Dialogue. Thyrza described dialogue as something that can never be created singularly and is interested in where truth lives within dialogue.  This notion seemed inescapable in Hiroshima, Mon Amour, where truth between lovers is selectively and beautifully picked for the ear of the listener, allowing for instances of exceptional honesty and secretive realities at once. 

Week 6 of Object Lessons featured Leigha Mason and the required reading was Rabelais' Pantagruel. This story with its descriptions of eating, shitting, and farting were a perfect lay up to discussing Leigha's performance Spit Banquet, a banquet where the attendees spit in containers normally eaten from. On plates, in bowls, in cups resulting in a smell that could not be ignored.  An underlying theme in Leigha's work seems to be exactly that - creating a space where you can't ignore or peacefully observe what is happening.  Your experience becomes mutable - an idea she spoke of numerous times during the class, "Once the body becomes mutable, you can do anything."  

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