Carlos Fernández Pello: The Land of Legendary Psychasthenia: On camouflage, constellations, and becoming knowledge


Wednesday, April 9, 4:15 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327

The Department of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is pleased to present a lecture by VCS Visiting Scholar Carlos Fernández Pello.

Through examples of his work and research, Pello will talk about Roger Caillois's approach to camouflage and how it is intimately related to psychasthenia, a psychological disorder by which the subject is unable to synthesise its own experience. He will discuss the possibility of reversing catasterisms, talk about Barthes' insignificant notation, and learn how—following the austronesian tradition of eliminating the names of the deceased from everyday vocabulary—the people of Misima are amongst the few that prohibit the use of every word that is phonetically similar to the name of their ancestors.

Carlos Fernández Pello is an artist, part-time curator and designer. He currently works as an FPI researcher in the Department of Contemporary Art History at Madrid's UCM Faculty of Fine Arts. Since 2010 he has been a member of the interdisciplinary research group, Art Images and Rewriting Narratives in Global Visual Culture, where he is preparing his PhD dissertation, Deforming Knowledge: Performative Notions of the Insignificant in Textual and Documentary Practices. As an artist he now tends to exhibit less and less, developing his practice in a way it can easily become confused with something else.