Molly Nesbit: The Storyteller

19 - 21 June 2013 / Acting Archives, Conversation

June 19: Preparation

Inspiration and conversation with Christina Werner & Eric Ellingsen; Reading practice: Walter Benjamin: The Storyteller; Film secession: Chris Marker: Sans Soleil

June 20: Molly Nesbit: The Storyteller. Part I

in conversation with Olafur Eliasson; Experiencing travel and narration. A Follow-up Conversation started in Addis Ababa; Referencing Walter Benjamin: The Storyteller and Chris Marker: Sans Soleil

watch The Storyteller. Part I with Molly Nesbit, part I

watch The Storyteller. Part I with Molly Nesbit, part II

June 21: Molly Nesbit: The Storyteller. Part II

Experiencing travel and narration. A Follow-up Conversation started in Addis Abeba Referencing Walter Benjamin: The Storyteller and Chris Marker: Sans Soleil Film secession: Notes for an African Orestaia by Pier Paolo Pasolini

watch The Storyteller. Part II with Molly Nesbit, part I

watch The Storyteller. Part II with Molly Nesbit, part II

June 21: Molly Nesbit: The Storyteller. Part III

Film Night and Korean barbecue Film screening of Nightless by Yuichiro Tamura and barbecue by Lynn Peemoeller and Anne Duk Hee Jordan at FIT (Freie Internationale Tankstelle)

Film screening of Nightless by Yuichiro Tamura

Molly Nesbit leads a three-day seminar The Storyteller, discussing various artistic methods for sharing experiences of travel through narration. Topics of discussion include Walter Benjamin’s essay The Storyteller: Observations on the Works of Nikolai Leskov as well as Chris Marker’s film Sans Soleil and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s film Notes Towards an African Orestes. Nesbit examines the aspects of narrating and storytelling found in these examples. The conversation with Olafur Eliasson, Christina Werner, Eric Ellingsen, and the participants draws on experiences from living and working in Addis Ababa from October to December 2012.

Short biography

Molly Nesbit, chair and professor in the Department of Art at Vassar College and contributing editor of Artforum. She is the author of Atget’s Seven Albums (1992), Their Common Sense (2000), and The Pragmatism in the History of Art (2013), the first volume in a collection of her essays. Since 2002, together with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rirkrit Tiravanija, she has tri-curated Utopia Station, an ongoing book, exhibition, seminar, website, and street project.

RELATED READING MATERIAL

Benjamin, Walter, „The Storyteller. Observations on the Works of Nikolai Leskov“, in: Michael W. Jennings u. a., Walter Benjamin. Selected Writing, 3, 19351938, Cambridge 2002, S. 144–166.